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Louis Moholo's Unit, a septet with John Edwards on bass, Pule Pheto on piano, dual saxophones from Jason Yarde and Nutshuks Bonga and vibraphonist Orphy Robinson.
 

Moholo-Moholo, Louis Unit
An Open Letter to My Wife Mpumi

Moholo-Moholo, Louis Unit: An Open Letter to My Wife Mpumi (Ogun)
Label: Ogun    
Released in: Great Britain    


"One of the legends of the South African and British jazz scenes, drummer Louis Moholo-Moholo came to London in the mid-1960s, and has been balancing emotional eloquence, township music's energy and an openness to the wildest of jazz/improv freedoms ever since. This flat-out 2008 set finds the drummer in a powerful septet including UK saxists Jason Yarde and Ntshuks Bonga, his regular pianist Pule Pheto and Francine Luce on vocals. The horns adopt that vocal-choir South African sound over Pheto's splashing runs and Moholo-Moholo's hurtling snare patterns. Hymnal songs are intoned with stately imperturbability over the stormy rhythmic seas beneath - and there are grippingly layered originals from Yarde, full of free-blowing tumults and baritone-sax snortings, while his Thank U 4 2 Day introduces a sinewy, pleading lyricism underpinned by Orphy Robinson's vibes. It's a ragged and jam-like studio set with a raucous live feel - but it confirms Moholo-Moholo's presence on the scene as a blast of fresh air."-John Fordham, The Guardian UK



"Ntshuks Bonga was born in Johannesburg, 1st October 1963. He moved to London with family in 1970. He took lessons on guitar & violin at school, and is mostly self taught on saxophones and clarinets. His past projects & collaborations include: various wonderful Maggie Nicols groups circa 1991-1993; Louis Moholo’s Exiles [Louis Moholo, Gibo Pheto, Pule Pheto, Claude Deppa] circa 1992; Silapha [with Gibo Pheto & Pule Pheto]; Ntshuks Bonga’s Tshisa [with Marcio Mattos & Ken Hyder]; Robyn Hitchcock; Claude Deppa’s fabulous Horns Unlimited [12 horns, 3 percussion CMN tour in 1998); Ntshuks Bonga’s Tokolosho [with Veryan Weston, John Grieve, Winston Rollins, Brian Abrahams, Mark Sanders, Julia Doyle]; Lucky Ranku’s African Jazz All Stars; FJQ [with Robin Musgrove, Jerry Bird and Alfredo Genovesi] recorded FJQ in 1998; Lydia Lunch (fabulous winter tour in 2004; still receovering!); Dave Draper/Jim LeBaigue/Ntshuks Bonga trio"

-Ntshuks Bonga Website (http://www.ntshuksbonga.com/background/)
2/22/2017

"Orphy Robinson (born 13 October 1960) is a British vibraphonist and multi-instrumentalist,of Jamaican descent who also plays the saxophone, trumpet, drums, piano, marimba and steel pans. He has written music for television, film, theatre, opera and contemporary classical music. Robinson is from London, UK, and works across a variety of eclectic musical forms (jazz, free jazz, free improvisation, jazz fusion, and funk music)."

-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orphy_Robinson)
2/22/2017

"After taking up the bass, around 1987, John Edwards co-formed The Pointy Birds who went on to win awards for their music for The Cholmondeleys and Featherstonehaughs dance troupes. The group appeared at festivals in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Moers, Leverkusen, Copenhagen. Around 1990, Edwards played his first gigs with London improvisers such as Roger Turner, Lol Coxhill, Maggie Nicols, Phil Minton.

Between 1990 and 1995 Edwards was a member of three touring groups simultaneously: B-Shops For The Poor, The Honkies and GOD. During this period he also became an increasingly regular player on the London improvised music scene and performed his first solo gigs; he composed and performed music theatre with the bass and cello duo The Great Explorers, street-busked a lot and appeared at many more festivals in Germany, Estonia, France, Italy, Czech, etc.

Since 1995 John Edwards has become a "mainstay" of the London scene, playing with just about everybody, an activity that has seen him clocking up between 150 and 200 gigs a year. He has become regular player with Evan Parker, in many groupings, and with Tony Bevan, Veryan Weston, and Elton Dean, often in collaboration with Mark Sanders on percussion. He has become a more frequent player on the European (and festival) scene, appearing at Taktlos, Ulrichsburg, Nickelsdorf, Budapest, New Zealand and in the USA. He continues to work on solo performances."

-EFI (http://www.efi.group.shef.ac.uk/musician/medwards.html)
2/22/2017





Related Categories of Interest:


Improvised Music
Jazz
European Improv, Free Jazz & Related
London & UK Free Improvisation Scene


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Product Information:

UPC: 5020675572270

Label: Ogun
Catalog ID: Ogun 031
Squidco Product Code: 11857

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2009
Country: Great Britain
Packaging: Cardstock Gatefold Sleeve 3 panels
Recorded November 2008 at The Premises solar powered recording studio, London. Mixed by Louis Moholo-Moholo, Dave Hunt & Martin Davidson. Masterd by Martin Davidson.

Personnel:

Louis Moholo-Moholo-drums, vocals

Jason Yarde-soprano sax, alto sax, baritone sax

Ntshuks Bonga-alto sax, tenor sax

Orphy Robinson-vibes

Pule Pheto-piano

John Edwards-bass



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Francine Luce-voice

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Track Listing:

1. Mark Of Respect 5:00

2. Dikeledi Tsa Phelo 6:10

3. The Tag 7:38

4. Thank U 4 2 Day 6:56

5. Sonke 9:22

6. Russia 6:33

7. Zanele 8:13

8. Fine Line 5:04

9. Two Alto Hit 4:55