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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 McGregor & The Castle Lager Big BandJazz – The African Sound ... CD
Jazzman (UK), 1963. New Copy ... On January 15, 2016 (delayed)
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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✨✧ Johnny Dyani QuartetSong For Biko ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 1978. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Key work as a leader from Johnny Dyani – the legendary bassist from the pioneering South African combo The Blue Notes – recorded with a great quartet featuring Don Cherry, Makaya Ntshoko, and Dudu Pukwana! The album features a wonderful extended tune, running for all of side two, entitled "Jo'Burg–New York" – a musical journey that's worth the price of the album alone – and the set also features a number of great shorter tunes that include "Wish You Sunshine", "Song For Biko", and "Confession of Moods". CD also features a bonus 21 minute track – "Lonely Flower In The Village" – recorded at the original session, and never issued before! CD
(Note: CD is missing back artwork in case – and is priced accordingly.)

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✨✧ Chris McGregorChris McGregor's Brotherhood Of Breath (LP sleeve edition) ... CD
RCA/Fledgling (UK), 1971. Used Gatefold ... 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

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✨✧ Chris McGregor & The Castle Lager Big BandJazz – The African Sound ... LP
Jazzman (UK), 1963. New Copy (reissue)... 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". LP, Vinyl record album
(Numbered, limited edition of 500 copies – beautifully done!)
 
 
 



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