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The Balance

Abdullah Ibrahim

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1.1
Dreamtime (feat. Ekaya)
Abdullah Ibrahim; Ekaya
4:05
1.2
Nisa (feat. Ekaya)
Abdullah Ibrahim; Ekaya
6:36
1.3
Jabula (feat. Ekaya)
Abdullah Ibrahim; Ekaya
3:43
1.4
Tuang Guru (feat. Ekaya)
Abdullah Ibrahim; Ekaya
5:10
1.5
Tonegawa
Abdullah Ibrahim
3:32
1.6
Song For Sathima (feat. Ekaya)
Abdullah Ibrahim; Ekaya
4:11
1.7
ZB2
Abdullah Ibrahim
2:04
1.8
Skippy (feat. Ekaya)
Abdullah Ibrahim; Ekaya
5:34
1.9
Devotion
Abdullah Ibrahim
2:55
1.10
The Balance (feat. Ekaya)
Abdullah Ibrahim; Ekaya
3:04
Total Playing Time    40:54
"A modern master... his graceful playing leans on equal measures of force and restraint, of dense clusters and open space. Mr. Ibrahim’s music is dotted by satisfying, sometimes stunning, passages of repose."
- Wall Street Journal

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.

"We push ourselves out of our comfort zones. So that we can present to the listener our striving for excellence. So that we can engage with our listeners without any barriers of our ego. It's not jazz. For us, it's a process of transcending barriers."
- Abdullah Ibrahim
96 kHz / 24-bit PCM – Gearbox Records Studio Masters

Tracks 1-10 – 48 kHz / 24-bit PCM, mastered in 96 kHz / 24-bit

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