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“Bass-ic" Strokes for Discerning Folks

Read "“Bass-ic" Strokes for Discerning Folks" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

The double bass is rather well-represented in this show. New recordings featuring some great bassists as leaders come from Miles Perkin, Benjamin Hedquist, and Andrew Schiller, while other recordings feature Mario Pavone, Ville Rauhala with Hot Heros, Brett Hirst with Phil Slater, Brad Jones with Tenor Triage, Matt Brewer with Steve Lehman, Giovanni Maier with Cene Resnik, and the formidable John Stevens on Louis Moholo-Moholo's Four Blokes. Playlist Tenor Triage “The Fifth" from Tenor Triage (Ropeadope) 00:00 ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Louis Moholo-Moholo's Five Blokes: Uplift The People

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At last an album which captures some of the intense excitement, wayward adventure and sheer joy of a group which has wowed audiences at festivals and clubs across Europe and North America. Uplift The People by South African drummer Louis Moholo-Moholo's prosaically-named Five Blokes was recorded live at London's Cafe Oto in April 2017 and represents an upgrade on Four Blokes (Ogun, 2014) in every sense. The blokes in question include long time collaborators Jason Yarde on saxophones, John Edwards ...

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Louis Moholo Moholo Quartet At The Crescent Arts Centre

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Louis Moholo-Moholo The Crescent Arts Centre Belfast October 30, 2014 Ireland has been graced by the presence of two South African musical icons in October. First, the brilliant, seventy-five-year-old trumpeter Hugh Masekela played jny:Dublin and then a little over a week later Louis Moholo-Moholo--younger by a year--kicked up a storm in jny: Belfast. That Masekela was playing the 1,200 seater National Concert Hall while Moholo-Moholo played to about sixty people in an intimate club ...

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Louis Moholo-Moholo / Dudu Pukwana / Johnny Dyani / Frank Wright: Spiritual Knowledge And Grace

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Accidents are part and parcel of any kind of improvised music. Such occurrences can be fickle things with a capacity to make or break a situation. So, when Chris McGregor was prevented from joining the first night of a Dutch tour by The Blue Notes in 1979, Louis Moholo-Moholo, Dudu Pukwana and Johnny Dyani embraced the accidental non-appearance of their pianist colleague and took to the stage. Another accident, though admittedly much happier one, was the presence ...

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Louis Moholo-Moholo Quintet: London, UK, March 17, 2011

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Louis Moholo-Moholo QuintetThe VortexLondon, UKMarch 17, 2011 As George the besuited MC said in his introduction, when you saw the lineup you knew this was not one to miss. And the packed audience at north London's Vortex was testament to the fact that his view was widely shared. Even though South African drummer Louis Moholo-Moholo remains a frequent visitor to London since relocating to his homeland on a permanent basis, his visits are still ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Louis Moholo-Moholo Duets With Marilyn Crispell: Sibanya (We Are One)

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Only once in a great while does a recording come along that influences my thoughts on creativity, sound and spirituality in music. Sibanye (We Are One), duets with Louis Moholo-Moholo and Marilyn Crispell, is one of those recordings. Confronted with the racist oppression of apartheid in South Africa, Moholo-Moholo immigrated to Europe in 1964 and became a significant influence on the direction of jazz and creative music in Great Britain and throughout Europe. Now at the age of ...

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Louis Moholo: with the Chris McGregor Trio and Marilyn Crispell

Read "Louis Moholo: with the Chris McGregor Trio and Marilyn Crispell" reviewed by Clifford Allen

When the Blue Notes--pianist Chris McGregor, drummer Louis Moholo, bassist Johnny Dyani, trumpeter Mongezi Feza and altoist Dudu Pukwana--brought their mixture of bebop and kwela from South Africa to England in 1967, it didn't take long for the quintet to join forces with some of the more adventurous players in London, a mutually beneficial climate that allowed them to take in freedoms which echoed their wayfaring experiences. The Blue Notes were more collective than their billing as a “Chris McGregor ...


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