To conclude the South African part of his recent tour Abdullah Ibrahim hit for one night only the Lyric Theatre at the Gold Reef Casino on February 19th.
At the age of 76 Abdullah Ibrahim remains as busy as ever, not only touring around the globe, but supporting young talented SA Jazz musicians by giving them stage for a good half an hour right in the middle of his concert, after the break. And to foster the cultural live, and especially Jazz he announced the opening of a Jazz club in Johannesburg, a joint venture at a new venue with one of the top restaurants in the northern suburbs.
On stage with Abdullah Ibrahim his New York based septet Ekaya. As if his presence would not have been enough the evening with him and Ekaya turned into in a performance of superlative Jazz, barely to top. Starting at 8 PM, and with just a 30 minutes interval, we left the theatre only after midnight, enriched by a possibly once in a live-time experience.
The musical sacle did range from short solo performances over sophisticated and almost ruminant pieces of a trio of piano, bass and drums to very energetic sets with his wind section (German flute, 2-3 saxs, trombone). Such consonance, seamless transition between the solo parts, and intense dialogues between the different instruments I experienced probably never before.
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