The Journey (Abdullah Ibrahim album)

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The Journey
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Studio album by
RecordedSeptember 18, 1977
StudioDowntown Sound, NYC
Genre Jazz
Label Chiaroscuro
Producer Hank O'Neal
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The Journey is a long-form instrumental jazz album composed and led by South African pianist Abdullah Ibrahim (also known as "Dollar Brand") after his move to New York City. This studio recording was made the day after the 17 September 1977 Alice Tully Hall concert pictured on the cover and included other veterans of Ibrahim's group Universal Silence: Don Cherry, Johnny Dyani, and Carlos Ward. [1] [2] [3]


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Ibrahim had released Cape Town Fringe earlier in the year, and while that album's African folk roots remain, the addition of many leading-edge New York jazzmen made The Journey a much more avant-garde affair. [6] The short "Sister Rose" begins things, a "sprightly calypso" suffused with the sound of Ibrahim's native Cape Town. [7] Two lengthy improvisations follow—the first, "Jabulani", features an energetic rhythm section, soaring trumpet work, and atonal group playing. The 22-minute closer "Hajj (The Journey)" is a Middle Eastern–flavored work centered around a hypnotic piano riff, originally from "Eighty-First Street" on Ibrahim's 1968 album Hamba Khale! (with Gato Barbieri). [4] [8]

Track listing

All tracks written by Abdullah Ibrahim.

  1. "Sister Rosie" – 4:33
  2. "Jabulani (Joy)" – 17:38
  3. "Hajj (The Journey)" – 21:56


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