World of Jazz 507

The main focus of this show is on the South African musicians of the band The Blue Notes – including Chris McGregor, Mongezi Feza, Louis Moholo, Dudu Pukwana and Johnny Dyani – and McGregor’s Brotherhood of Breath band which featured Blue Notes members as well some of the leading contemporary UK jazz musicians. I also have a new release from Robert Lee and a mammoth piece of work from Wadada Leo Smith.

  1. Show Intro 00:00
  2. Blue Notes “Ithi Gui” from Before The Wind Changes (Ogun Recordings) 00:57
  3. Chris McGregor Septet “Moonlit Aloe” from Up To Earth (Fledg’lin Records) 11:27
  4. Luis Moholo-Moholo Octet “Amaxesha Osizi (Times Of Sorrow)” from Spirits Rejoice! (Ogun Recordings) 22:38
  5. Barre Phillips “S C & W” from Three Day Moon (ECM) 34:15
  6. John Surman “Saltash Bells” from Saltash Bells (ECM) 43:39
  7. Robert Lee “Peaks and Spires of the Summer Clouds” from Cha-Ran (Three Pines) 54:52
  8. Chris McGregor “Night Poem” from Chris McGregor’s Brotherhood of Breath (RCA Records) 1:00:00
  9. Chris McGregor’s Brotherhood of Breath “Travelling Somewhere” from Travelling Somewhere (Cuneiform Records) 1:21:02
  10. Evan Parker “Walthamstow Cheesecutter” from Reunion, Live at Cate Oto (FMR Records) 1:28:50
  11. Wadada Leo Smith “Thurgood Marshall and Brown vs. Board of Education: A Dream of Equal Education, 1954” from Ten Freedom Summers (Cuneiform Records) 1:45:02

  • .Blue Notes “Ithi Gui” from Before The Wind Changes (Ogun Recordings) – Second recording from the Blue Notes’ 1979 tour of Belgium and Holland, taken from tour organiser Rob Sotemann’s tape archive. Whereas the critically acclaimed first volume from this archive, Spiritual Knowledge And Grace (OGCD 035) featured an impromptu collaboration between Blue Notes members Louis Moholo- Moholo, Dudu Pukwana & Johnny Dyani and American tenor sax powerhouse Frank Wright, Before The Wind Changes focuses on the established quartet line-up with Chris McGregor at the piano and features an incendiary performance from Waregem. Recorded July 1, 1979 at Jazzclup De Hoop, Waregem, Belgium
  • Chris McGregor Septet “Moonlit Aloe” from Up To Earth (Fledg’lin Records) – These sessions were recorded over two days in 1969 in London with saxophonist Dudu Pukwana, trumpeter Mongezi Feza, drummer Louis Moholo, and pianist McGregor from the Blue Notes, with then-young Brit saxophonists Evan Parker and John Surman, and either Barre Phillips or Pentangle’s Danny Thompson on bass. Like a lot of the McGregor/Blue Notes music, these four tracks certainly walk on the outside edge of jazz and more than flirt with plenty of free playing.
  • Luis Moholo-Moholo Octet “Amaxesha Osizi (Times Of Sorrow)” from Spirits Rejoice! (Ogun Recordings) 1978 release. Bass – Harry Miller, Johnny Dyani, Drums, Louis Moholo, Piano – Keith Tippett, Tenor Saxophone – Evan Parker, Trombone – Radu Malfatti, Trombone – Nick Evans, Trumpet – Kenny Wheeler
  • Barre Phillips “S C & W” from Three Day Moon (ECM) – Recorded March 1978 at Talent Studio, Oslo, Norway. Bass – Barre Phillips, Guitar, Guitar Synthesizer, Organ – Terje Rypdal, Synthesizer – Dieter Feichtner, Tabla, Percussion – Trilok Gurtu
  • John Surman “Saltash Bells” from Saltash Bells (ECM) – Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Alto Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Contrabass Clarinet, Harmonica, Synthesizer – John Surman. Recorded June 2009. Rainbow Studios, Oslo. Released 2012.
  • Robert Lee “Peaks and Spires of the Summer Clouds” from Cha-Ran (Three Pines) – Continuing his momentum as a rising talent in Toronto’s jazz scene, bassist and composer Robert Lee has announced the upcoming release of Cha-Ran, his second album as a bandleader. The album features a diverse lineup of personnel including Lee’s core ensemble of drummer Tetyana Haraschuk, pianist Marc-Olivier Poingt, guitarist Marco Pisani and vocalist Carolina Alabau, alongside guest performances from guitarist Kris Ramakrishna, Brandon Atwell on vibraphone and marimba, pianists SongAh Chae and Adem Mehmedovic, violinist Mai Choma, and vocalists Mateo Falgás and Nina Nicolaiewsky.
  • Chris McGregor “Night Poem” from Chris McGregor’s Brotherhood of Breath (RCA) 1970 release – Bass – Harry Miller; Saxophone & Clarinet – Ronnie Beer; Cornet – Marc Charig, Drums – Louis Moholo; Saxophone & Flute – Mike Osborne, Saxophone, Trumpet & Flute – Mongezi Feza, Piano & Xylophone – Chris McGregor; Saxophones – Alan Skidmore, Dudu Pukwana, John Surman; Trombone – Malcolm Griffiths, Nick Evans; Trumpet – Harry Beckett
  • Chris McGregor’s Brotherhood of Breath “Travelling Somewhere” from Travelling Somewhere (Cuneiform Records) – a concert recorded by Radio Bremen on January 19, 1973, one week before the Chris McGregor & the Brotherhood of Breath show in Switzerland that would be released on Ogun in 1974 as Live at Willisau. The pianist’s modern big band was in top shape, with a lineup that blended original Blue Notes players Dudu Pukwana, Mongezi Feza, and Louis Moholo with the best avant-garde jazz talents in London at the time Harry Beckett, Mark Charig, Nick Evans, Harry Miller, Evan Parker, Gary Windo, Malcolm Griffiths, and Mike Osborne.
  • Evan Parker “Walthamstow Cheesecutter” from Reunion, Live at Cate Oto (FMR Records)- August 14th 2016 recording with Evan and John Russell released 2017.
  • Wadada Leo Smith “Thurgood Marshall and Brown vs. Board of Education: A Dream of Equal Education, 1954” from Ten Freedom Summers (Cuneiform Records) – Trumpeter/composer Wadada Leo Smith’s Ten Freedom Summers is the work of a lifetime by one of jazz’s true visionaries, a kaleidoscopic, spiritually charged opus inspired by the struggle for African-American freedom and equality before the law. Triumphant and mournful, visceral and philosophical, searching, scathing and relentlessly humane, Smith’s music embraces the turbulent era’s milestones while celebrating the civil rights movement’s heroes and martyrs. This four-disc set documents a stunning, career-capping accomplishment by a jazz giant in the midst of an astonishing creative surge. GOLDEN QUARTET / QUINTET is Wadada Leo Smith – composer, trumpet, Anthony Davis – piano, John Lindberg – bass , Pheeroan akLaff. drums, Susie Ibarra – drums with SOUTHWEST CHAMBER MUSIC. Recorded at Zipper Hall, The Colburn School, Los Angeles, CA, November 4-6, 2011.

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