Archive for Carlos Ward

An Interview with Abdullah Ibrahim (1995)

Posted in Abdullah Ibrahim, clips, Interview with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 22, 2012 by crownpropeller

Back in 1995 I had the chance to interview south african pianist Abdullah Ibrahim (formerly known as Dollar Brand), on the day before his concert at the Musik der Welt Festival in Basel. Originally my friend Buffo, who worked as a photographer at that time, and me were to talk to Ibrahim in his hotel room, but because the hotel had noted him down as “Ibrahim Abdullah” they did not realize whom we were trying too reach for about thirty minutes. So we arrived at his room door rather late. Ibrahim was nervous, because his wife Bea Benjamin was due to arrive any minute, so he asked us to come to the rehearsal in Radio Studio Basel later in the day.

A few hours later, after a short verbal hustle with the studio’s doorman we finally met Ibrahim,  who stopped the rehearsal to talk to us for about an hour, while sitting at the piano. Continue reading

Don Cherry Nu, Viersen 1994

Posted in clips, Don Cherry, jazz with tags , , , , , , , on January 7, 2012 by crownpropeller

When I started to listen to jazz in the early 1980s, it seems trumpet and world music legend Don Cherry (1936–1995) was playing at every other jazz festival around my part of germany – and I did not mind at all. Now and then I also saw one of Cherry’s bands in one of the jazz clubs in of the bigger and smaller towns that form the Ruhrgebiet. I remember seeing “Nu” several times, Cherry’s quartet with saxophonist Carlos Ward, and I also remember more than one concert with Cherry’s Multi Kulti (his band with Peter Apfelbaum).

Here I am presenting you a clip from a concert that I did not witness in person, as I had already moved far away in 1994. It is Don Cherry’s “Nu” band playing the composition “Lito” at the Jazzfestival Viersen at an unknown date in 1994.

You see and hear Don Cherry, Carlos Ward, Mark Helias and Hamid Drake – who had replaced Ed Blackwell after Blackwell’s passing in 1992. Enjoy!