Abdullah Ibrahim is considered uncontroversial as one of the most important living African jazz musicians. On his new album, on which he also picks up the saxophone, wonderful new compositions can be heard. The bonus DVD contains excerpts as well as impressive comments by and conversations with Abdullah Ibrahim.
More than one-quarter of a century of jazz history: When we now congratulate Rolf Kühn on this 85th birthday with a special release, we are paying special respect to the one of the few globally known and admired German jazz heroes. However, we are also paying our respects to a still active artist acting in line with his convictions and working with young musicians.
With his band "Rue de Paris" Rue Protzer caught the lasting attention of the press and general public with his trilogy in the years 2006 to 2009. A rhythmic about-face has now followed: the first song already makes it clear where this journey is going.
What Nelson Mandela means for political South Africa, Abdullah Ibrahim means for musical South Africa. He is the best known musician throughout the world from this country who has been opposed to apartheid all his life but to whom South Africa has always remained his home – even if he could not live there for many years. In his piano playing, he turned towards the jazz very early while still maintaining the typical South African melody for which he is loved by millions of fans all over the world who could see him live at the opening of the FIFA World Cup in his home country among others. His latest recording presents Ibrahim in solo, duo and trio settings.
Bill Sheehan, John Novello and Dennis Chambers took eight years time for their new album, but the wait was worth it. As All About Jazz once wrote (about the album "Organik"): "...for those who like it in-your-face, unrepentant, and hyper-kinetic, Niacin is just the ticket." That's just the way it is.
The young pianist Kai Schumacher has now thrown himself into a fantastic adventure; he transcribed the mega hits of the secret heroes of his youth – Rage Against the Machine, Slayer, Megadeth, Nirvana, The Prodigy, among others – and composed variations on them.
When Markus Stockhausen composes, he creates a multi-dimensional cosmos from sounds. He succeeds in doing that even with compositions for small ensembles. However, when he does this for a large orchestra as here, then he has an almost inexhaustible range at his disposal.
It took seven long years, now a milestone of the Ethno-Jazz-Crossover has been rereleased again. "Heavy Cairo Traffic": a fascinating reverence to the Egyptian folk music. And at the same time a reflection by the trio Koch-Schütz-Studer of musical and non musical impressions of Cairo.