First released in 1976 making its CD debut with 26 extra minutes, Osborne's trio with Louis Moholo and Harry Miller is a full-on and passionate live performance.
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Catalog ID: OGCD029
Squidco Product Code: 10595
Country: Great Britain
Packaging: Cardstock gatefold foldover
Tracks 1-6 recorded live at Willisau, Switzerland on April 13, 1975 by Walter Troxler. Tracks 1-5 previous released on LP in 1976 on the Ogun label as OG700. Track 6 previously unreleased. Track 7 recorded live in Europe, previously unreleased.
Mike Osborne-alto sax
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1. All Night Long > Rivers 7:15
2. Round Midnight 4:56
3. Scotch Pearl 8:51
4. Waltz 7:06
5. Ken's Tune > Country Bounce > All Night Long > Trio Trio 23:26
6. Scotch Pearl 4:04
7. Now and Then, Here and Now 22:38
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"[...] Osborne was [the UKs] Ornette Coleman and Jackie McLean combined, a searingly emotional player whose personal fires consumed his art early in life: he was disabled by mental illness in the early 1980s, at 40, which put an end to his playing career.
"This live set from the Willisau jazz festival in 1975 represents Osborne as his fans from those days remember him, and newcomers may well be astonished by the power of an original improviser whose achievements have, by and large, slipped out of the record books. The saxophonist plays six originals here, and one cover (Monk's Round Midnight), with his favourite partners: Moholo and his expat fellow South African, the late bassist Harry Miller.
On the title track, Osborne's whirling, bittersweet lines fly over Moholo's free-bop cymbal beat and Miller's stormy arco undercurrent like the mid-1960s Ornette trio with bassist David Izenzon. The alto sound sings exultantly and swerves tremulously on and off the pitch in the edgily swinging Round Midnight. Miller's racing pulse powers the breathless, writhing Scotch Pearl; Waltz is a baleful low-register motif that accelerates as Osborne and the fiercely percussive Miller improvise in intertwining lines; and Ken's Tune (one of two 20-minute stretches) evolves like a fitfully playful spontaneous suite, with some Charlie Parker inflections en route.
It's all pretty full-on, but this group in full cry could peel the paintwork, and All Night Long catches that elusive live feel as well as possible."-John Fordham, The Guardian
• Show Bio for Louis Moholo-Moholo
"Louis Tebogo Moholo (born 10 March 1940), is a South African jazz drummer.
Born in Cape Town, Moholo formed The Blue Notes with Chris McGregor, Johnny Dyani, Nikele Moyake, Mongezi Feza and Dudu Pukwana, and emigrated to Europe with them in 1964, eventually settling in London, where he formed part of a South African exile community that made an important contribution to British jazz. He was a member of the Brotherhood of Breath, a big band comprising several South African exiles and leading musicians of the British free jazz scene in the 1970s and is the founder of Viva la Black and The Dedication Orchestra. His first album under his own name, Spirits Rejoice on Ogun Records, is considered a classic example of the combination of British and South African players. In the early 1970s, Moholo was also a member of the afro-rock band Assagai.
He has played with many musicians, including Derek Bailey, Steve Lacy, Evan Parker, Enrico Rava, Roswell Rudd, Irène Schweizer, Cecil Taylor, John Tchicai, Archie Shepp, Peter Brötzmann, Mike Osborne, Keith Tippett, Elton Dean and Harry Miller.
Moholo returned to South Africa in September 2005, performing with George Lewis at the UNYAZI Festival of Electronic Music in Johannesburg. He now goes under the name Louis Moholo-Moholo because the name is more ethnically authentic. South African promoter Slow Life in March 2017 at the Olympia Bakery in Kalk Bay, Cape Town produced a show where Louis performed along with Mark Fransman, Reza Khota, Keenan Ahrends and Brydon Bolton."-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louis_Moholo)
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• Show Bio for Harry Miller
"Harold Simon "Harry" Miller (25 April 1941 - 16 December 1983) was a South African jazz bass player, who settled in Europe, becoming one of the UK jazz scene's "most vibrant and dynamic talents".
Miller was born in Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa. He began his career as a bassist with Manfred Mann, and went to settle in London, England. He was a central figure in the mixture of South-African township music and free-jazz that dynamised the scene in London at the end of the 1960s and into the '70s. Miller recorded frequently with musicians such as Mike Westbrook, Chris McGregor, John Surman, Mike Cooper, Louis Moholo, Keith Tippett and Elton Dean.
At the end of the 1970s he moved to the Netherlands for economic reasons, where he worked with musicians of Willem Breuker's circle. Miller also appeared on the album Islands by the progressive rock band King Crimson, in 1971 as session musician.
Miller died in a car crash in the Netherlands in 1983.
The record label Ogun Records, which he founded with his wife Hazel Miller, was vital for documenting that period, and is still active today."-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_Miller_(jazz_bassist))
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