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Abdullah Ibrahim / WDR Big Band Cologne

Bombella

Price: € 19.95 13.97
Format: CD
Label: Intuition
UPC: 0750447343023
Catnr: INT 34302
Release date: 02 October 2009
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Label
Intuition
UPC
0750447343023
Catalogue number
INT 34302
Release date
02 October 2009
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About the album

Pünktlich zu Abdullah Ibrahim's 75. Geburtstag im Oktober erscheint das jüngste Werk der südafrikanischen Piano-Legende. Die Zusammenarbeit mit der Grammy-gekrönten WDR Big Band hat sich als Glücksfall erwiesen: es entstand ein ganzheitliches Kunstwerk, für den ein Begriffskorsett wie Jazz viel zu eng ist. Bombella erzählt ganz unterschiedliche Geschichten. Da ist zum einen das Portrait von Südafrika aus der Perspektive eines modernen Kosmopoliten, der die Dimension der Apartheid selbst erlebt hat. Damit eng verbunden erzählt es die Lebensgeschichte von Abdullah Ibrahim. 'Diese zehn Songs funktionieren zusammen wie eine erweiterte Erfahrung. Wir haben sie wie einen Film inszeniert. Es sind biografische Songs, die auch von der Entwicklung meiner Kompositionen berichten. Diese CD repräsentiert einen Mikrokosmos der Erfahrung.'

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Abdullah Ibrahim

He turned 79 on October 9, 2013. That fact that someone has experienced a lot by this age goes without saying. However, this applies more for some people than for others. Abdullah Ibrahim can justifiably claim that he has not only experienced history, but also shaped it. Born in the middle of South African apartheid in 1934, he started to play piano in his native country under the name 'Dollar Brand' at that time; his name at birth was 'Adolphe Johannes Brand'. He soon became known in South Africa, which was more dangerous than helpful as a member of a majority terrorized by a minority. He left his country in 1962, and Duke Ellington arranged for him to go to...
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He turned 79 on October 9, 2013. That fact that someone has experienced a lot by this age goes without saying. However, this applies more for some people than for others. Abdullah Ibrahim can justifiably claim that he has not only experienced history, but also shaped it. Born in the middle of South African apartheid in 1934, he started to play piano in his native country under the name "Dollar Brand" at that time; his name at birth was "Adolphe Johannes Brand". He soon became known in South Africa, which was more dangerous than helpful as a member of a majority terrorized by a minority. He left his country in 1962, and Duke Ellington arranged for him to go to America a few years later. An international career started after that, which only few living jazz musicians can look back on. That fact that he played at the inauguration of Nelson Mandela after the abolition of apartheid was only logical.

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WDR Big Band Köln

As an ensemble pertaining to the WDR radio and television broadcasting entity, the Cologne WDR Big Band fulfils a mission as regional cultural ambassador – specifically in order to bring jazz music and similar styles closer to audiences all across North-Rhine Westphalia. The orchestra’s profile foresees the elaboration of variegated programmes featuring the widest possible spectrum of styles. With its international roster of members, this orchestra is also firmly rooted in European tradition, particularly in European jazz. Each member is a consummate soloist with an unmistakable timbre, thereby creating an orchestral sound with brilliant projection in the concert hall. In collaboration with internationally renowned guest conductors, composers, arrangers and soloists, the WDR Big Band puts together an annual series of...
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As an ensemble pertaining to the WDR radio and television broadcasting entity, the Cologne WDR Big Band fulfils a mission as regional cultural ambassador – specifically in order to bring jazz music and similar styles closer to audiences all across North-Rhine Westphalia. The orchestra’s profile foresees the elaboration of variegated programmes featuring the widest possible spectrum of styles. With its international roster of members, this orchestra is also firmly rooted in European tradition, particularly in European jazz. Each member is a consummate soloist with an unmistakable timbre, thereby creating an orchestral sound with brilliant projection in the concert hall. In collaboration with internationally renowned guest conductors, composers, arrangers and soloists, the WDR Big Band puts together an annual series of concert projects covering a wide spectrum. Live performances take place not only within the WDR broadcasting territory, but also in the rest of Germany and abroad, thus increasing the big band’s outreach and notoriety. The WDR Big Band’s programme covers the entire jazz spectrum, including all styles of music related to jazz, from tradition to the avant-garde.

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