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Morning in Paris
     

A Morning in Paris

by Sathima Bea Benjamin
 

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In 1963, singer Sathima Bea Benjamin persuaded Duke Ellington to see her future husband, Abdullah Ibrahim (then known as Dollar Brand), play in a club in Europe. Ellington was impressed by both of the recent South African émigrés and arranged with Reprise to record them. While Brand's record came out within a year, Benjamin's

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In 1963, singer Sathima Bea Benjamin persuaded Duke Ellington to see her future husband, Abdullah Ibrahim (then known as Dollar Brand), play in a club in Europe. Ellington was impressed by both of the recent South African émigrés and arranged with Reprise to record them. While Brand's record came out within a year, Benjamin's debut was lost and not heard for decades, even by the singer. As it turned out, engineer Gerhard Lehner had made a second copy and kept it for all of these years, so the initial 1997 release of this important session was possible. Backed by pianist Ibrahim, bassist Johnny Gertze, drummer Makaya Ntshoko, and (on two songs apiece) Duke Ellington or Billy Strayhorn, and occasionally joined by violinist Svend Asmussen (who here plays exclusively pizzicato, as if he were using a high-pitched guitar), Benjamin's voice sounds quite beautiful. She performs two Ellington tunes, Strayhorn's "Your Love Has Faded," and nine standards, with the emphasis on slow ballads. The moody music is often haunting and quite memorable.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/22/2008
Label:
Ekapa Records
UPC:
0843041072175
catalogNumber:
4

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Performance Credits

Sathima Bea Benjamin   Primary Artist,Vocals
Svend Asmussen   Pizzicato Violin
Duke Ellington   Piano
Johnny Gertze   Bass
Abdullah Ibrahim   Piano
Makaya Ntshoko   Drums
Billy Strayhorn   Piano

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Peter Hammill   Composer
Sathima Bea Benjamin   Liner Notes
Jimmy Dorsey   Composer
Duke Ellington   Composer,Producer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Paul Mertz   Composer
Billy Strayhorn   Composer
Gerhard Lehner   Engineer
Pat Kresser   English Translations
Jeff Kresser   English Translations
Jack Lind   Cover Design

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