Arguelles, Julian - Let It Be Told: The Frankfurt Radio Big Band featuring Django Bates and Steve Arguelles play the music of South African Exiles
Lots of great tunes here from Dudu Pukwana, Johnny Dyani, Chris McGregor, Abdullah Ibrahim, Mongezi Feza, etc!
"The album includes new arrangements of compositions by Dudu Pukwana, Mongezi Feza and Johnny Dyani, and an atmospheric development of Abdullah Ibrahim's much loved composition The Wedding. As well as capturing his deep enthusiasm for the work of the The Blue Notes, it also represents Arguelles' longstanding relationship with the musicians in the Frankfurt Radio Big Band. With the exception of Chris McGregor'Amasi, Argüelles arranged all this music specifically for this project. He has brought his own character to the music, utilised the skills of the band members and retained the vibrancy of the source material. Since joining Loose Tubes at the age of 20, Argüelles has become an internationally acclaimed and influential musician. His most recent accolades include a Parliamentary Jazz Award nomination for his 2014 album Circularity and a place on the BASCA shortlist for his composition Hocus Pocus. He has worked with a long list of international artists including Hermeto Pascoal, Dave Holland, John Taylor, Kenny Wheeler, John Abercrombie and Bill Frisell. Let It Be Told also emphasises some of these longstanding musical relationships, including with his brother Steve (drums and percussion) and with Django Bates, a pivotal member of Loose Tubes and prominently featured here. The experience of these musicians produces intuitive and empathetic playing. The Frankfurt Radio Big Band is a versatile and creative ensemble working across a range of music, from traditional big band jazz to the avant-garde. Soloists here include Heinz Dieter-Sauerborn, Oliver Leicht, Tony Lakatos, Rainer Heute, Peter Feil, Axel Schlosser and Martin Scales. Let It Be Told is a confident and effective collaborative project and an honest, imaginative approach to musical influences."