Moholo-Moholo, Louis - Spirits Rejoice / Bra Louis - Bra Tebs 2 x CDs

SKU OGUN 017-018
This double CD presents two seperate sessions, both led by drummer Moholo. Spirits Rejoice is from 1978 and is an all-star Brit-jazz session (Evan Parker, Kenny Wheeler, Nick Evans, Radu Malfatti, Keith Tippett, Johnny Dyani and Harry Miller), while Bra Louis - Bra Tebs is a previously unreleased 1995 session that featured an smaller version of the Dedication Orchestra. "[Spirits Rejoice is] my favourite Ogun release, recorded the day before my 14th birthday, this record, as with things like Blues And The Abstract Truth, is one of these rare records where everything just went right. Recorded while the band was on a high from a reportedly devastatingly euphoric gig at the 100 Club, this is possibly the quintessential Ogun line-up, a perfect balance of musicians, including both of the great South African bassists, finally together. Large enough to sound like a big band when needed, small enough to dovetail into micro-improvisation when required. Everyone’s game seems to have been upped for this session. Parker delivers some of his most explicitly emotional improvising on record with his solos on “Khanya Apho Ukhona” (ecstatic tongues) and “Tears Of Sorrow” (surprisingly conventionally boppish until the horns drop out and Tippett prods him into freer territories); the trombonists have a field day generally – Malfatti declaiming in best Roswell Rudd style over Feza’s immortal tune “You Ain’t Gonna Know Me ‘Cos You Think You Know Me” - maybe the best-loved of all the Blue Notes-penned tunes, it certainly got the biggest cheer at the Dedication Orchestra gig at the 100 Club on Ne’erday 1992 – Evans and Malfatti swooping round each other like pacifist falcons on Dyani’s “Ithi-gqi,” Wheeler’s typically beautifully poised ballad moods on “Wedding Hymn” and Tippett’s astonishing piano solo on the same track, wherein he seems to invent a new tune altogether (you can hear the bassists scratching their heads momentarily, trying to keep up), although the solo itself seems to have been rather abruptly truncated – perhaps we could have the full version when the record gets a CD release?" We didn't, but the record still rocks!-The Naked Maya
  • LabelOgun
  • UPC5020675571822
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The most remarkable freebop session ever laid to tape, IMO. I've been waiting for so long to see this reissued- it's a dream come true! You'd be mad to skip over this- especially if you enjoy the theme/fall-apart/theme of those great Ogun LPs.
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