Miller, Harry/Isipingo - Full Steam Ahead

SKU Reel Recordings 012
Great, live sound and also a great performance. Last time ever on this wonderful release from the wonderful, now gone, Reel Recordings label.

Previously unreleased recordings by Isipingo. While Cuneiform's "Which Way Now" release presents an entire concert by the 1977 version of the band and has this one beat for sonics, Full Steam Ahead is still a very good sounding overall release with some fantastic recordings, especially the 1st two tracks which are previously unheard compositions (!!) from 1975, where the band is Stan Tracey-piano, Mongezi Feza-trumpet, Nick Evans-trombone, Mike Osborne-alto, Harry Miller-bass and Louis Moholo-drums! Other material here, from 1976 and 1977 features either pianist Keith Tippett or Frank Roberts, Marc Charig subbing for Feza, Malcolm Griffith or Paul Nieman subbing for Nick Evans. But it's ALL good, baby!

"South African bassist Harry Miller (1941-1983) retains stature as an internationally recognized player who possessed both technical virtuosity and limitless musicality. One needs to only consider his gorgeous bass playing within the Mike Westbrook Concert Band and the legendary Brotherhood of Breath, to cite but two. During the mid-seventies Harry Miller formed Isipingo, a sextet crucible for his joyfully infectious Kwela inspired compositions. The musicians in the fray of these previously unreleased studio recordings read as a 'who's who' of classic British Jazz; alto saxophonist Mike Osborne (1943-2007), pianists Stan Tracey or Keith Tippett, trumpeters Mongezi Feza (1945-1975) or Mark Charig, trombonists Nick Evans or Malcolm Griffiths, with the other half of Harry's heartbeat, drummer Louis Moholo, stoking the fiery coals. These men stampede through Harry Miller's vibrant compositions, two of which appear here for the first time. Born out of numerous sweaty nights in London's Peanuts, Phoenix and 100 Club, these undeniably exhilarating recordings of Harry Miller's Isipingo remains a proud clarion for the present generation of jazz lovers.
  • LabelReel Recordings
  • UPC676868177927
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