A Morning in Paris

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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
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 ?migr?s 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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/22/2008
  • Label: Ekapa Records
  • UPC: 843041072175
  • Catalog Number: 4

Album Credits

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
Jimi Hendrix 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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