ABDULLAH IBRAHIM – The Balance LP
Gearbox Records all-analog mastering and cutting
At the age of 84, Abdullah Ibrahim (AKA Dollar Brand) releases his first new album in four years. Entitled ‘The Balance’, this project features his long-time septet Ekaya, a line-up that he’s been recording with since 1983. In this case, the album was recorded over the course of one day at London’s RAK Studios last November. The lush horn lines, lilting melodies, and uplifting chord progressions are characteristic of Abdullah’s all-encompassing Township-Jazz. This is contrasted with various solo piano improvisations, which epitomise the nostalgic yet hopeful nature of Abdullah’s musical spirit. Hence, The Balance.
“It’s really spiritual, fun and funky and sometimes a little crazy, which perfectly captures Bobby Shad. Enjoy.” – Judd Apatow (Bobby Shad’s
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