Album: Abdullah Ibrahim, Bombella (Intuition)

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The Independent Culture

Now indisputably a grand old man of world jazz, 75-year-old South African pianist/composer Abdullah Ibrahim is treated with total veneration in this partnership with WDR Big Band Cologne.

Steve Gray's stately arrangements of some of his most characteristic anthems ("Mandela", "African River", "Song for Sathima") are beautiful if a little anodyne and the playing remains functional rather than truly inspired. Water from an Ancient Well with his band Ekaya is the album to get.

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