Steve Futterman
May 23, 1997 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Capetown Flowers

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Abdullah Ibrahim
genre
Jazz

We gave it an A-

South African expatriate pianist Abdullah Ibrahim can be the world’s gentlest jazz player. His art lies in his ability to never let serenity dissolve into passivity. Working with a trio in Capetown Flowers, Ibrahim extracts maximum power from understatement — even the extended pieces have the polished gleam of perfect miniatures. A-

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