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Dudu Pukwana & ZilaLife In Bracknell & Willisau ... LP
Jika (UK), 1983. Near Mint- ... $29.99
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✨✧ Dudu Pukwana & John StevensRadebe – They Shoot To Kill ... LP
Affinity (UK), 1987. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Two giants of the UK jazz scene team up in a set of free form playing which comprises one long track spread out over both sides of the record. Pukwana plays alto and soprano, and a bit of piano – while Steven drums behind him, and plays some pocket trumpet. Pukwana's tone is hauntingly mournful, as always, and the record's one of his better ones from this period. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout hole.)
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JabulaThunder & Happiness – The Complete Albums (Jabula/Thunder Into Our Hearts) ... CD
Caroline/RPM (UK), 1975/1976. New Copy ... $3.99
Two killers from Jabula – overlooked Afro soul albums from the 70s! The set mixes up the track list a bit, but still comprises both full albums from the group – the first of which is the self-titled Jabula. Jabula is South African soul, but recorded in the UK – coming across with a post-colonial vibe that's mighty nice! Jabula have a sound that's a bit like Osibisa – heavy in African roots, but also trained a bit more towards a 70s soul audience as well – with some very tight arrangements that really help focus their energy strongly – and make the album a surprisingly great debut! Most cuts have female vocals in the lead – but the instrumentation is also pretty great too – with some killer reed work from Dudu Pukwana, and lots of warm keyboards too. Titles include the great instrumentals "Naledi", a snaking funky track with a great soprano sax solo, and "Let Us Be Free", which is kind of an Afro-descarga number, with lots of guitar – and other cuts include "Thandi", "Jabula Happiness", "Listen To Me Crying", and "Our Fathers". Thunder Into Our Hearts is a great second set from Jabula – and a record that seems to push the jazzy component of their sound even further than before! The ensemble has really wonderful rhythms – great bass and percussion that get nice and funky at times, and which are often mixed with some really sweet keyboard parts. But the horns also have a great UK jazz approach too – reeds from Dudu Pukwana, trombone from Nick Evans, and even (supposedly) a bit of trumpet from Mongezi Feza – all of whom really help give the music a complex, modern vibe that goes way beyond other Afro-styled groups of this nature. Tunes are a mix of vocals and instrumentals – and titles include "Soweto My Love", "Tears Of Africa", "Thunder Into Our Hearts", "Harvest (part 2)", and "Journey To Africa". CD

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✨✧ Chris McGregorBrotherhood ... CD
RCA/Fledgling (UK), 1972. Used Gatefold ... $11.99
The great second album from Chris McGregor's Brotherhood Of Breath – a record that's much more obscure than the group's debut, and which has them moving into even deeper territory! As before, there's a wonderful post-colonial groove going on here – one that builds from McGregor's roots in South African jazz, but inflects it with some of the bolder, more modern modes of the London jazz scene in Chris worked after leaving Africa in 1964. But unlike before, some of the more free-thinking London styles take even stronger roles here – stretching out in solos that are a bit looser and more exploratory, and which point the way towards the more avant-oriented direction that McGregor and contemporaries would take in the Ogun years – yet not in ways that leave behind the inherent sense of rhythm in the music. The album starts out with rolling South African jazz piano lines that are quite familiar – but then soon opens up into much less structured territory, with solo work from players who include Mongezi Feza, Harry Beckett, Alan Skidmore, Mike Osborne, Harry Miller, Gary Windo, Dudu Pukwana, and Nick Evans. Most tracks are long – and titles include "Think Of Something", "Joyful Noises", "Nick Tete", "Do It", and "Funky Boots March". CD

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✨✧ Chris McGregorVery Urgent ... CD
Polydor/Fledgling (UK), 1968. Used ... $13.99
One of the greatest British jazz albums ever to feature the Blue Notes – the legendary South African jazz group who left their country in the mid 60s, and took up an expatriot home in London! The session's led by pianist Chris McGregor, but it features a sextet that includes Blue Note members Louis Moholo on drums, Dudu Pukwana on alto sax, Mongezi Feza on pocket trumpet, and Johnny Dyani on bass – in addition to British tenor player Ronnie Beer. The sound of the work is pretty tremendous – ranging from completely free and outside jazz to slower, more somber tunes that strongly recall the later work of the players in the group. All tunes are originals by McGregor and Pukwana – save for the track "Don't Stir The Beehive", which is a reworking of a traditional African tune. Other titles include "The Sounds Begin Again", "White Lies", "Heart's Vibrations", and "Marie My Dear". CD
(In a nice gatefold mini-LP sleeve!)

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✨✧ Chris McGregor's Brotherhood Of BreathLive At Willisau (LP sleeve edition) ... CD
Ogun (UK), 1974. Used Gatefold ... $11.99
Classic material by McGregor, recorded in the post-Blue Notes years, but featuring old bandmates Dudu Pukwana, Mongezi Feza, and Louis Moholo. The group also includes some great Brit avant players – like Evan Parker, Radu Malfatti, Harry Miller, and Harry Beckett – and the whole performance was recorded live in Switzerland in 1974. The music is a mix of free out playing, yet still has traces of McGregor's roots in the South African jazz scene. Titles include "Tungis' Song", "The Serpents Kindly Eye", "Ismite Is Might", and "Kongi's Theme". CD

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✨✧ Chris McGregorChris McGregor's Brotherhood Of Breath (Italian pressing) ... CD
RCA/Neon/Akarma (Italy), 1971. Used Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
In the early 70s, pianist Chris McGregor was one of the leading lights of the British jazz scene – an expatriot South African living in London, whose work with the legendary group The Blue Notes was steeped in an African rhythmic traditions! This seminal work from 1971 shows how much McGregor's style evolved in the late 60's, and how fiercely it had become intertwined with the British avant styles of the time – in a groove that comes across here with an earthy, rootsy bottom – but also features plenty of far-reaching solos that go out, yet never too far – the best balance of modes from players that include fellow Blue Notes Mongezi Feza, Dudu Pukwana, and Louis Moholo – as well as British jazz luminaries who include Harry Beckett, Alan Skidmore, and John Surman. Titles include "Andromeda", "Union Special", "Night Poem", "MRA", "The Bride", and "Davashe's Dream". CD
(In a nice 5" gatefold cardboard sleeve! Out of print.)

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✨✧ Chris McGregorUp To Earth (LP style sleeve) ... CD
Fledgling (UK), 1969. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A previously-unissued gem from pianist Chris McGregor – recorded at the tail end of the 60s, when McGregor and some of his South African compatriots were really helping to change the sound of the British jazz scene! The album is one of McGregor's strongest ever – an incredibly bold statement in jazz, and one that burns with a brilliance that possibly even surpasses most of the officially-released dates from his scene at the time – a mixture of ESP-like fire from all solo players, touched with some of Chris' more dynamic rhythms – let loose with a really exploratory feeling on a set of longer tracks. The group's a septet – with McGregor on piano, John Surman on bass clarinet and baritone sax, Evan Parker on tenor, Dudu Pukwana on alto, Mongezi Feza on trumpet, Louis Moholo on drums, and either Barre Phillips or Danny Thompson on bass. Joe Boyd produced the original session, and also offers up some great reflections on the music in the liner notes – and titles include "Up To Earth", "Years Ago Now", "Moonlight Aloe", and "Yickytickee/Union Special". CD

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✨✧ Chris McGregor's Brotherhood Of BreathMemorial Concert ... CD
ITM (Germany), 1994. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The title's a very fitting one – as the concert is a memorial for Chris McGregor himself, as well as other members of his former group, the Blue Notes, South African jazz legends that include Mongezi Feza and Dudu Pukwana! The feel of the set is very similar to the group's work when McGregor was still at the helm – a strong combination of African rhythms and soulful jazz expressions – played in a timeless style by a group of players that are very well-suited to carry on McGregor's legacy! And in fact, this set's almost back to the "classic" sound of the group in the early 70s – with less of the straying of sound that sometimes crept into later recordings. Titles include "Andromeda", "Sangena", "Dakar", "Mra", "Country Cooking", and "Bakwetha". CD

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✨✧ Chris McGregor's Brotherhood Of BreathTravelling Somewhere ... CD
Cuneiform, 1973. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the few recordings available from the classic period of Chris McGregor's famous Brotherhood Of Breath ensemble – the African-tinged jazz combo that grew out of the wreckage of the ex-patriation of South Africa's Blue Notes ensemble as it mixed with members of the London scene in the late 60s. The resultant group was one of the most compelling cross cultural moments in jazz history – a mix of players that included Dudu Pukwana, Mongezi Feza, Nick Evans, Harry Beckett, Harry Miller, Evan Parker, and Louis Moholo. This live set was recorded in Bremen, Germany in 1973 – and it easily ranks with the best of the group's studio work, and (dare way say it?) may be their most perfect realization of the idiom they always promise, yet sometimes didn't deliver. Titles include "Wood Fire", "The Bridge", "MRA", "Restless", and "Kongi's Theme". CD
(Note: CD is missing back artwork in case – and is priced accordingly.)

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✨✧ Chris McGregor & The Castle Lager Big BandJazz – The African Sound ... CD
Jazzman (UK), 1963. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A seminal set from the South African jazz scene of the early 60s – recorded by pianist Chris McGregor before he and the Blue Notes emigrated to the UK – and a stunning example of the new sounds that were coming forth at the time! Chris leads the band, in music that definitely has some of the snakey, rhythmic elements that you'll hear in his later Brotherhood Of Breath recordings – but there's also an amazing sense of color and tone taking place, too – modern qualities that seem borrowed a bit from Gil Evans, but then wrapped around McGregor's own unique groove – and given tremendous expression from players who include Dudu Pukwana on alto, Kippie Moeketsi on alto and clarinet, Ronnie Beer and Nick Moyake on tenors, Bob Tizzard on trombone, and Dennis Mpale and Mongezi Feza on trumpets! The mix of later ex-pats and lesser-known South African players is wonderful – but even without the historical importance, the music speaks volumes on its own – a really tremendous record that's very much at the forefront of modern jazz happening on the American and European scenes at the time. Titles include "I Remember Billy", "Now", "Kippie", "Eclipse At Dawn", and "Switch". CD

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