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Louis Moholo-Moholo

Louis Moholo born in Cape Town, South Africa, knew from a very early age that he wanted to play the drums. After working with many groups, and being awarded The Best Drummer of the Jabulani Festival 1964, he had already met up with, now known as the "stars" of those days, Dudu Pukwana, Mongezi Feza, Nick Moyake, Chris McGregor, and Johnny Dyani, with whom a journey of escape and development was about to begin. The Blue Notes after playing around SA, just escaping the forces of the Apartheid, were invited to the Antibes Jazz Festival in 1964, and after playing in festivals / clubs around Europe finally arrived in England in 1965

Apura!

Label: Astral Spirits
Released: 2020
Track listing: CD1: Apura!; Heto Buhay Pa; State Of Emergency; Utang Na Loob; Totoo Yan; Siyanga Pala; I Eat Death Threats For Breakfast; Resist; CD2: FDT; Harana; Refugee; Warriors; Player Piano; Balikbayan; Consummatum Est.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Karl Evangelista: Apura!

Read "Apura!" reviewed by John Sharpe

One sure-fire way for up-and-coming musicians to get attention is to convene an all star combo. Though Bay Area-based Filipino-American guitarist (and sometime AAJ scribe) Karl Evangelista follows that route on his fourth album Apura! he makes surprising but astute choices of bandmates by enlisting the services of legendary South African drummer Louis Moholo-Moholo and the ...

ARTICLE: PROFILE

Keith Tippett: R.I.P.

Read "Keith Tippett: R.I.P." reviewed by Duncan Heining

Keith Tippett's death on Sunday, 14th June 2020 robbed British and European music of one of its finest talents. The death on any musician of even minor significance often leads many critics reaching for the Thesaurus and tripping over their adjectives in a head-rush of hyperbole. In Keith's case, the simple phrase--"one of music's finest talents"--cuts ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

James Brandon Lewis & Chad Taylor, Samuel Blaser & Marc Ducret and more

Read "James Brandon Lewis & Chad Taylor,  Samuel Blaser & Marc Ducret and more" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

Mark this one down on your “must-get" list: Live in Willisau by saxophonist James Brandon Lewis and drummer Chad Taylor. It's on Intakt Records, captured live at the annual Willisau Festival in Switzerland. Excellent recording, one that zooms to my favourites of 2020 list. This episode is filled with music from new releases from pianist Alexander ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Alexander Hawkins and Tomeka Reid: Shards and Constellations

Read "Shards and Constellations" reviewed by Troy Dostert

Although they have not recorded together previously, pianist Alexander Hawkins and cellist Tomeka Reid are both improvisers with omnivorous musical tastes and soaring ambition. Hawkins has fronted his own ensembles over the years—perhaps the most notable example being Step Wide, Step Deep (Babel, 2014)—but he's been active in freely-improvised contexts as well, working with everyone from ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Tyshawn Sorey, Marilyn Crispell: The Adornment of Time

Read "The Adornment of Time" reviewed by Giuseppe Segala

Se si focalizza l'attenzione sui duetti di pianoforte e batteria, balza subito alla mente il titanico Historic Concerts, che vide protagonisti Cecil Taylor e Max Roach nel dicembre del 1979, ormai più di quarant'anni fa. L'accento della musica era centrato sulla comune natura percussiva dei due strumenti, pur con tutte le differenze organologiche e tutte le ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

2019: Striking A Balance In Review, Part 1

Read "2019: Striking A Balance In Review, Part 1" reviewed by Henning Bolte

Part 1 | Part 2 Every year the 'Best-of' game is underway again. But, “best of what?" is the immediate question. It's almost impossible for fishes of prey to hunt in a huge herring swarm, or for birds of prey to hunt in those huge budgerigar swarms. 'The best' is a choice from the ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Lisa Hoppe, Sorey & Crispell, Gebhard Ullman and More

Read "Lisa Hoppe, Sorey & Crispell, Gebhard Ullman and More" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

This episode is very wide-ranging in styles and sounds; the boundaries keep expanding. I was very impressed with bassist Lisa Hoppe's new trio, Third Reality, with saxophonist David Leon and guitarist Tal Yahalom. Very original stuff! It's on a German label—Jazzhausmusik—so do some digging to find it. It's well worth the effort. Drummer, composer and influencer ...

Astral Spirits: Lifting the Spirit of Jazz

Read "Astral Spirits: Lifting the Spirit of Jazz" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

While pop often follows predictable musical patterns, one of the greatest qualities about jazz is its sense of adventurousness and the ability to take the listener on a journey where the destination is unknown. The Astral Spirits label, based in jny: Austin, Texas, and run by musician Nate Cross, truly embraces this quality of jazz.


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