Max Roach / Abdullah Ibrahim – Streams of Consciousness (1977)

This duo is the title track on the album Streams of Consciousness by Abdullah Ibrahim and Max Roach.

Abdullah Ibrahim, then known as Dollar Brand, went into the studio with Max Roach on September 20, 1977. In his brief but all-encompassing notes, Roach says that there were no rehearsals and no plans as to what they were going to record. Sure, it is said that they were friends, and shared social and cultural backgrounds. Those are good points of reference but there has to be something more: a perspicacity, a feel, anticipation and vision that have to course through the blood and in the mind. Roach and Ibrahim are in the swell of the tide. Now that this recording is available once more, listen to two articulate imaginaries as they take you on their completely improvised journey, savor the experience and acknowledge, as well, the good sense that activated the re-release of the music.

The sum of the four tunes, witness the names given them, make up the breathtaking whole. The title tune runs just over 21 minutes, every one of which is a dynamic of exploration. Ibrahim sets up the mood in a virtuosic panoply of rich euphonic piano chording that Roach reinvents with a shifting timbral pulse. [source]

Tracks: Streams of Consciousness / Inception / Acclamation / Consanguinity

Personnel: Max Roach – Drums / Abdullah Ibrahim – Piano

 

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[Dedicated to Ronnie Rocket, as thanks for the confidence]

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