Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Abdullah Ibrahim (Dollar Brand) — Discography


The ARChive of Contemporary Music in conjunction with Columbia University has initiated a series of World Music Days starting today with its first: Muslim World Music Day. Since its inception, the collaborative endeavor has generated an extensive web-based database of over 4000 recordings from the greater Islamic world. I was approached by the project to compile a list of related material from South Africa in the flatinternational archive. Of course, this task will take many years and is ongoing. But for the time being, to coincide with the project's launch today, April 12th 2011, I have put together a visual discography of the early work of one of South Africa's finest jazz pianists, the iconic Abdullah Ibrahim (aka Dollar Brand).

Calling Ibrahim prolific is an understatement! He has recorded well over 70 individual albums over the last 55 years. For that reason I have chosen to focus this discography primarily on LPs from the first twenty or so years of his career. For those interested in the ultimate discography of Ibrahim's work, I would recommend Lars Rasmussen's book, Abdullah Ibrahim: A Discographywithout which much of my own research would not have been possible.

The list below is by no means exhaustive. Many additional recordings from this period have subsequently been issued on CD. Moreover, the LPs represented here have each been issued and reissued in many different countries, often with alternative covers. In most cases I have attempted to show the first cover with its country of origin. In addition I have tried to include all pressings from Rashid Vally's The Sun (As Shams) label based in Johannesburg, South Africa. The date shown is the year in which the recording was made and any additional dates in parentheses (brackets) are issue dates for the vinyl. Ibrahim did record a few 78 rpm discs with other bands before 1960 and The Sun label issued various tracks as 7" 45 rpm singles. I have included some of these in the discography.

(Abdullah Ibrahim image sourced from Yvonne Huskisson's The Bantu Composers of Southern Africa, SABC, 1969.)


DISCOGRAPHY (1956 - 1980)

WILLIE MAX EN SY ORKES
Regtrek Kwela / Hot Toddy
1956
Parade, 78 rpm, RSA
HP 517





JAZZ EPISTLES
Jazz Epistle Verse 1
1960
Gallo, Continental, RSA
CONT 14
(thanks to Warren Siebrits)




DOLLAR BRAND TRIO
Dollar Brand Plays Sphere Jazz
1960 (1962)
Gallo, Continental, RSA
ZB 8047
The Sun, RSA
SRK 786141
(thanks to Olivier Ledure)


DOLLAR BRAND TRIO
Duke Ellington Presents The Dollar Brand Trio
1963
Reprise, USA
R 6111 / R9 6111





DOLLAR BRAND TRIO
Anatomy of a South African Village
1965
Fontana, Netherlands
688 314 ZL / 888 314 ZY





DOLLAR BRAND
The Dream
1965
Freedom, UK
FLP 41046





DOLLAR BRAND
This is Dollar Brand
1965 (1973)
Black Lion, UK
2460 192





DOLLAR BRAND
Reflections
1965
Black Lion, Germany
BLP 60127
(thanks to Olivier Ledure)




GATO BARBIERI & DOLLAR BRAND
Confluence
1968
Freedom, Germany
162 303





DOLLAR BRAND & BEA BENJAMIN
Untitled Transcription Record
1969
SABC Transcription Record, RSA
LT 10 185 / LT 10 186

DOLLAR BRAND XAHURI
African Sketchbook
1969 (1973)
ENJA, Germany
2026





DOLLAR BRAND
African Piano
1969
Spectator, Denmark
SL 1005





DOLLAR BRAND
African Sun
1970
Spectator, Denmark
1025





DOLLAR BRAND + 2
Peace
1971
Soultown, RSA
KRS 110
The Sun, RSA
SRK 786137



DOLLAR BRAND + 3
Dollar Brand Trio with Kippie Moketsi
1971
Soultown, RSA
KRS 113
The Sun, RSA
SRK 786142



DOLLAR BRAND
Ancient Africa
1972
Japo, Germany
60005





DOLLAR BRAND, DON CHERRY, CARLOS WARD
The Third World — Underground
1972
Trio, Japan
PAP 9018





DOLLAR BRAND
Sangoma
1973
Sackville, Canada
3006





DOLLAR BRAND
African Portraits
1973
Sackville, Canada
3009





ABDULLAH IBRAHIM featuring BEA BENJAMIN
Boswil Concert 1973
1973 (1983)
Colomba, Switzerland
SAKB 473





DOLLAR BRAND ORCHESTRA
African Space Program
1973
Enja, Germany
2032





DOLLAR BRAND, JOHNNY DYANI
Good News From Africa
1973
Cameo, Switzerland
102





DOLLAR BRAND
Memories
1973 (1974)
Phillips, Japan
RJ 5124
(thanks to Olivier Ledure)




DOLLAR BRAND ABDULLAH IBRAHIM
Ode To Duke Ellington
1973
Phillips, Japan
RJ 5139





DOLLAR BRAND
African Breeze
1974
East Wind, Japan
EW 7002





DOLLAR BRAND
Underground in Africa
1974
Mandla, RSA
KRS 114
The Sun, RSA
SRK 786143



DOLLAR BRAND
Mannenberg – “Is Where It’s Happening”
1974
The Sun, RSA
SRK 786134





DOLLAR BRAND ABDULLAH IBRAHIM
African Herbs
1975
The Sun, RSA
SRK 786135





DOLLAR BRAND
Soweto Is Where It's At (Part 1 + 2)
1975
The Sun, 45 rpm, RSA
PD 1192





DOLLAR BRAND
Black Lightning
1975
The Sun, RSA
SRK 786138





ABDULLAH IBRAHIM (DOLLAR BRAND)
Bra Joe From Kilimanjaro
1975
The Sun, RSA
SRK 786145





DOLLAR BRAND
Blues For A Hip King
1975
The Sun, RSA
SRK 786136





ADOLF “DOLLAR BRAND”
The Art of Dollar Brand I
1976
SABC Transcription Record, RSA
LT 15 377 / LT 15 378
LT 15 498 / LT 15 499
(thanks to Olivier Ledure)



ADOLF “DOLLAR BRAND”
The Art of Dollar Brand II
1976
SABC Transcription Record, RSA
LT 15 379 / LT 15 380
LT 15 500 / LT 15 501
(thanks to Olivier Ledure)



DOLLAR BRAND
The Children of Africa
1976
Enja, Germany
2070





BEA BENJAMIN WITH DOLLAR BRAND
African Songbird
1976
The Sun, RSA
GL 1839





DOLLAR BRAND
Natural Rhythm
1977
The Sun, RSA
SRK 786139





BUDDY TATE & DOLLAR BRAND
Buddy Tate Meets Dollar Brand
1977
Chiaroscuro, USA
CR 165
The Sun, RSA
SRK 786140



ABDULLAH IBRAHIM DOLLAR BRAND
The Journey
1977 (1978)
Chiaroscuro, USA
CR 187
The Sun, RSA
SRK 786144



MAX ROACH, DOLLAR BRAND DUET
Streams of Consciousness
1977 (1978)
Baystate, Japan
RVJ 6016





ARCHIE SHEPP, DOLLAR BRAND
Duet
1978
Denon, Japan
YX 7532




DOLLAR BRAND
Anthem for New Nations
1978
Denon, Japan
YX 7537 ND





ABDULLAH IBRAHIM DOLLAR BRAND
Autobiography
1978
Plainisphare, Switzerland
PL 1267 6/7





ABDULLAH IBRAHIM DOLLAR BRAND
Nisa
1978
African Violets, Switzerland
101





VARIOUS ARTISTS
Liberation
1978
SAFCO, USA
A 001





DOLLAR BRAND QUARTET
African Tears and Laughter
1979
Enja, Germany
3039





ABDULLAH IBRAHIM DOLLAR BRAND & JOHNNY DYANI
Echoes from Africa
1979
Enja, Germany
3047





DOLLAR BRAND (ABDULLAH IBRAHIM)
African Marketplace
1979 (1980)
Elektra, USA
6E 252





DOLLAR BRAND
Dollar Brand at Montreux
1980
Enja, Germany
3079





DISCOGRAPHY (1980 - present)
To follow in the near future!

2 comments:

  1. No comments? I'm stunned!
    This great artist has an astonishing discography on labels from classic to obscure. And seeing these covers has even given me a surprise or two, with my fairly strong collection.
    As always, I'm grateful to cats who put in time doing things like this, often never knowing if their work is appreciated.
    It is, my friend ...
    (now, get back on the case!)
    Brent Higinbotham
    Chelmsford MA

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    1. Brent, many thanks for your great comments!
      I am still hoping to get all the material into the main flatinternational database... one of these days!

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