today's subject: Abdullah Ibrahim, aka Dollar Brand
South African pianist and composer (and cellist and saxophonist, sometimes)
music inspired by Ellington and Monk, traditional South African styles, and gospel !
we also heard interview and solo piano selections from the WKCR archives, which can be accessed above
The subject of this day's profile was pianist Sir Roland Hanna (b. Detroit, 1932-d. New Jersey, 2002). We took a sampling from a career that spanned many different contexts and sounds even as his playing never lost its wit, responsiveness, and sophistication.
Leena Mahan programmed the show beginning with Thad Jones & Mel Lewis, "Live at the Village Vanguard."