Abdullah Ibrahim

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Ekaya Review

by Scott Yanow

Pianist/composer Abdullah Ibrahim had one of his strongest groups for this studio date, a septet LP with altoist Carlos Ward, tenor saxophonist Ricky Ford, baritonist Charles Davis, trombonist Dick Griffin, bassist Cecil McBee, and drummer Ben Riley. It is always enlightening to hear Ibrahim's originals, of which there are six on this out of print LP, being performed by a medium-size band. There is a great deal of beauty to be heard in these rich melodies; if only this highly enjoyable and spiritual set would be reissued on CD.