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Moholo-Moholo, Louis Unit: An Open Letter to My Wife Mpumi (Ogun)

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.
 

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UPC: 5020675572270

Label: Ogun
Catalog ID: OGCD 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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"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)
10/15/2019

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"Composer, arranger, producer, musical director and saxophonist Jason Yarde writes music that has been described as powerful, spiritual, evocative, rhapsodic, hair-raising and formidable. Jason began playing alto and soprano saxophones with Jazz Warriors while still a teenager and then went on to MD this landmark orchestra, becoming one of its principal writers. He has a BA (Hons) in Performance Arts from Middlesex University - a degree that incorporated a year at William Paterson Collage in New Jersey where he studied orchestration, studio engineering, jazz performance and saxophone.

As well as composing for his own performance projects, Jason has written for dance, music theatre, opera and TV. He is also a brilliant musical director, and his highly distinctive arranging style reflects the numerous artists and ensembles he has worked with. In addition to composing, arranging and performing, Jason Yarde has enjoyed much success as a record producer. He has recently completed the debut CD by rising star UK jazz pianist Gwilym Simcock and he is one of the foremost producers at UK independent Jazz label Dune Records. "

-Jason Yarde Website (http://joyandears.com/BIOG(1004350).htm)
10/15/2019

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"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 MoholoŐs Exiles [Louis Moholo, Gibo Pheto, Pule Pheto, Claude Deppa] circa 1992; Silapha [with Gibo Pheto & Pule Pheto]; Ntshuks BongaŐs Tshisa [with Marcio Mattos & Ken Hyder]; Robyn Hitchcock; Claude DeppaŐs fabulous Horns Unlimited [12 horns, 3 percussion CMN tour in 1998); Ntshuks BongaŐs Tokolosho [with Veryan Weston, John Grieve, Winston Rollins, Brian Abrahams, Mark Sanders, Julia Doyle]; Lucky RankuŐs 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/)
10/15/2019

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"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)
10/15/2019

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"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)
10/15/2019

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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
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descriptions, reviews, &c.

"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


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