Recorded live at the Ruvo Festival in southern Italy in 2004 this release brings Keith and Julie Tippett + Louis Moholo-Mohol together with the Canto General ensemble.
Tippett, Tippetts, Moholo & Canto General
Viva La Black Live At Ruvo
Released in: Great Britain
"Viva La Black, on this occasion, is Keith Tippett (piano), Julie Tippetts (vocals), Louis Moholo-Moholo (drums, now mysteriously doubling-up his name) and the rather large Canto General ensemble, recorded live at the Ruvo Festival in southern Italy. Their repertoire might suggest a 1970s date, but in reality this was only 2004, with a bold mission to recreate arrangements from the golden years of the Dedication Orchestra and Tippett's biggest of big bands, the bloated Centipede.
An opening salvo leaves the listener wounded, reeling on the floorboards. The South African alto saxophonist Dudu Pukwana's "Mra" is followed by Keith's own "Thoughts To Geoff," both tunes involving the pure embodiment of the joyous rush, full of ultra-dynamic jolts and propelled by a six-strong vocal chorus (seven, counting Julie). Such power! Roberto Ottaviano's marathon soprano saxophone solo is supported by swelling jabs from the enlarged horn sections, then Tippetts is leading her battalion in their own vocal escalation and Moholo is in a tumbling dialogue with second drummer Vincenzo Mazzone. When Tippett's "Dedicated To Mingus" takes things down to calm stasis, at this point that's needed. Then, there are two numbers by the South African bassist Harry Miller, also part of the exiled jazz community in 1960s-70s London.
But there are more apocalyptic blowouts to come, lengthy, intense and hurtling up a gradient to godliness. Tippett's "Cider Dance" and "Septober Energy" arrive at crucial stages in the running order, perfectly illustrating his ability to meld sing-along repetitions with erupting free-form unpredictability. Aside from the latter's exultant nostalgia value (if the listener is familiar with the original vinyl double album!), these are pieces that shimmer eternally, regardless of whether they were penned in the 1970s or beyond. What a great opportunity, presented by the Ruvo Festival, surely unsuspecting of the full forces that were set to be unleashed on their stage."-Martin Longley, All About Jazz
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"Keith Tippett (born Keith Graham Tippetts; 25 August 1947) is a British jazz pianist and composer.
Tippett was born in Southmead, Bristol. The son of an English father who was a policeman and an Irish mother name of Kitty. Keith wrote music dedicated to her after she died. Keith was the oldest of three siblings and had Clive and Thomas as brothers. Tippett went to Greenway Secondary Modern school in Southmead, Bristol. He formed his first band when he was fourteen with school friends, such as Richard Murch, Mike Milton, Terry Pratt and Bob Chard. They were called the KT Trad Lads performing Traditional jazz. Later Keith formed a modern jazz trio in Bristol and played regularly at the Dugout Club in Park Row, Bristol. He studied Piano and Church Organ, was a chorister and played with the school and Bristol youth brass bands. He moved to London in 1967, to pursue a musical life.
In the late 1960s, Tippett led a sextet featuring Elton Dean on saxophone, Mark Charig on trumpet and Nick Evans on trombone. Tippett married singer Julie Driscoll and wrote scores for TV.
In the early 1970s, his big band Centipede brought together much of a generation of young British jazz and rock musicians. As well as performing some concerts (limited economically by the size of the band), they recorded one double-album, Septober Energy.
He formed, with Harry Miller and Louis Moholo a formidable rhythm section at the centre of some the most exciting combinations in the country, including the Elton Dean quartet, and Elton Dean's Ninesense. Around the same time, he was also in the vicinity of King Crimson, contributing piano to several of their records including "Cat Food" (and even appearing with them on Top of the Pops). His own groups, such as Ovary Lodge tended towards a more contemplative form of European free improvisation. He continues to perform with the improvising ensemble Mujician and more recently (2006) Work in Progress.
Tippett has appeared and recorded in a wide variety of settings, including a duet with Stan Tracey, duets with his wife Julie Tippetts, solo performances, and appeared on three King Crimson albums."-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keith_Tippett)
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"Julie Tippetts (born Julie Driscoll, 8 June 1947) is an English singer and actress, known for her 1960s versions of Bob Dylan and Rick Danko's "This Wheel's on Fire", and Donovan's "Season of the Witch", both with Brian Auger and The Trinity. Along with The Trinity, she was featured prominently in the 1969 television special 33 1/3 Revolutions Per Monkee, singing "I'm a Believer" in a soul style with Micky Dolenz. She and Auger had previously worked in Steampacket, with Long John Baldry and Rod Stewart.
"This Wheel's on Fire" reached number five in the United Kingdom in June 1968. With distortion, the imagery of the title and the group's dress and performance, this version came to represent the psychedelic era in British rock music. Driscoll recorded the song again in the early 1990s with Adrian Edmondson as the theme to the BBC comedy series Absolutely Fabulous, the main characters of which are throwbacks to that era.
Since the 1970s, Driscoll has concentrated on experimental vocal music. She married jazz musician Keith Tippett and collaborated with him and now uses the name Julie Tippetts, adopting the original spelling of her husband's surname. She took in Keith Tippett's big band Centipede and in 1974 sang in Robert Wyatt's Theatre Royal Drury Lane concert. She released a solo album, Sunset Glow in 1975; and was lead vocalist on Carla Bley's album Tropic Appetites and also in John Wolf Brennan's "HeXtet".
Later in the 1970s, she toured with her own band and recorded and performed as one of the vocal quartet Voice, with Maggie Nichols, Phil Minton, and Brian Eley.
In the early 1980s, Julie Tippetts was a guest vocalist on an early single by pop-jazz band Working Week, on the song "Storm of Light", which brought them to the attention of a wider audience."-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julie_Driscoll)
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Recorded live at Ruvo Di Puglia, September 5, 2004 by Gennaro Mele.
Vittorino Curci-alto sax
Roberto Ottoviano-soprano sax, alto sax
Farbizio Scarafile-tenor sax
Felice Mezzina-tenor sax
Nicola Pisani-baritone sax
Marco Sannini-trumpet and flugelhorn
Luca Calabrese-trumpet and flugelhorn
Vincenzo De Luci-trumpet and flugelhorn
Vito Mitoli-trumpet and flugelhorn
Beppe Caruso-trombone, Lauro Rossi-trombone, Franco Angiolo-trombone, Michele Marzella-trombone
Giorgio Vendola-acoustic and electric basses
Francesco Angiuli-acoustic and electric basses
Livio Minifra-piano, keyboards
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1. Mra (Island Music) 4:25
2. Thoughts To Geoff (Popgun Music) 8:32
3. Dedicated To Mingus 5:01
4. Mongezi Feza 1:35
5. Four Whispers For Archie's Chair 2:08
6. Traumatic Experience 4:39
7. Cider Dance 9:28
8. A Song 4:11
9. Dancing Damon 4:04
10. Septober Energy 13:08
11. South African National Anthem (Traditional) 3:39
12. You Ain't Gonna Know Me 'Cos You Think You Know Me 5:45