Wednesday, January 09, 2013

I got it bad, and that ain't good

My brother was listening to Abdullah Ibrahim while out running yesterday, and thus (action at a distance) I find myself listening to Sathima Bea Benjamin (Mrs Abdullah) this morning.

Specifically a lost date from 1963, finally put out in 1996 by Enja Records, under the title A Morning in Paris, as the session's engineer, Gerhard Lerner, had made a second copy, and finally purchased by me from iTunes in 2013.

The album features Benjamin performing with Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn, and Abdullah performing piano on various tracks, with Johnny Gertze and Makhaya Ntshoko as bassist and drummer, respectively.

Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn! To lose one, Ms. Benjamin, may be regarded as a misfortune. To lose both looks like carelessness.

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