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1995 studio recordings of this great UK quintet with Louis Moholo and Evan Parker leading, a classic meeting of two incredible free jazz performers in their prime.

Moholo, Loius / Evan Parker Quintet
Bush Fire

Moholo, Loius / Evan Parker Quintet: Bush Fire (Ogun)
Label: Ogun    
Released in: Great Britain    

"While Phule and Gibo Pheto may not be household words among avant jazz fans, the other three members of this ensemble should be well-known to all. The mere presence of drummer Louis Moholo, saxophonist Evan Parker, and bassist Barry Guy should and do guarantee a recording of very high quality. Add to that Gibo Pheto's highly individualized style of bass playing (that's right, two bassists) and the wooly, explosive pianism of Phule Pheto and you have a quintet worth raving about. Bush Fire is worth raving about for its execution certainly, but more important, it is the defined and near-symbiotic musical relationship between Moholo and Parker -- which drives these proceedings to their insanely feverish pitch -- that is perhaps most astonishing. Indeed, on each of the ten selections here, it is difficult to tell whom is leading whom, and the identities of the two players seem to become liquid and switch. For Parker's cascading multi-phonics that are at the heart of the title track, "Baobab," and "For Chisa," Moholo rolls through a knotty attack of snare accents and rim shots, only to be followed by Parker screaming a series of arpeggios in return. When Moholo rides the crash cymbal in an 11/18 time signature for a full three minutes on "Flaming July," Parker courses to the top of his ostinato speed with a phrase that is so gnarly it accents the rhythm of the drum. Meanwhile the rest of the band responds, not in kind, but in extremis, trying to keep the dynamics fluctuating and liquid, adding color and space wherever possible and solo as well. It's a breathtaking ride through the outer edges of free jazz, but it's one so musical, so lyrically brilliant, it could never be repeated. Thank the heavens for this recording."-Thom Jurek, All Music

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Product Information:

UPC: 5020675571020

Label: Ogun
Catalog ID: OGCD009
Squidco Product Code: 11697

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 1997
Country: Great Britain
Packaging: Cardstock Gatefold Sleeve
Recorded July 1995 at Gateway Studio by Steve Lowe.


Barry Guy-bass, piccolo bass

Louis Moholo-drums

Evan Parker-soprano sax, Tenor sax

Phule Pheto-piano

Gibo Pheto-bass

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Track Listing:

1. Bush Fire 13:28

2. For Chisa 7:12

3. South Afrika Is Free - OK? 11:51

4. Baobab 9:18

5. Mark Of Respect 4:27

6. Back Beat 6:26

7. Sticks 4:52

8. Coincidence 5:01

9. Flaming July 8:14

10. For Mpumi 7:59