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Postby Owen on Sat Dec 10, 2005 12:14 am

More great "news" for Keith Tippett era KC fans.

Ogun are issuing a 2CD set featuring a never before issued set from Louis Moholo's Viva La Black Septet. Why is that exciting for KT fans? Because the second CD is a reissue of Louis's Octet's very rare Spirits Rejoice album featuring Keith Tippett, Nick Evans and Harry Miller!

Woohoo!

See http://www.cadillacjazz.co.uk/ for the news and http://www.shef.ac.uk/~ps/efi/labels/ogun/ogun520.html for details on the original Spirits Rejoice LP.

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Postby Owen on Sat Dec 10, 2005 5:43 pm

Gilesfan wrote:Is anyone familar with percussionist Frank Perry?


I'd recommend this item for anyone feeling adventurous. A quite good price too... and no, I'm not affiliated with the seller in any way.

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Postby vrooom on Sat Dec 10, 2005 6:05 pm

Owen wrote:and no, I'm not affiliated with the seller in any way.


That makes a refreshing change, I thought you were affiliated with everyone these days. ;-)


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Postby Owen on Fri Dec 16, 2005 11:33 am

More great Ogun label news!

The Harry Miller Collection has finally been reissued. Description from the Downtown Music Gallery newsletter:

HARRY MILLER - The collection 1941-1983:
Children At Play/Family Affair/Bracknell Breakdown/In Conference/Down South
[3 CD Box Set] (Ogun HMCD 1/2/3; UK)

[Feat. KEITH TIPPETT/MIKE OSBORNE/LOUIS MOHOLO/RADU MALFATTI/WILLEM BREUKER/TREVOR WATTS/SEAN BERGIN/HAN BENNINK/MARC CHARIG/MALCOLM GRIFFITHS/JULIE TIPPETTS [DRISCOLL]/WOLTER WIERBOS] - THESE ARE LAST COPIES,

complete with individual CD covers and the booklet, but you must cut out and assemble the outer slipcase from the last few printed - but not diecut - provided by Ogun.

"In December of 1975 - I interviewed Hugh Hopper & Gary Boyle who were both in Isotope at that point, at some record company office in London. At the end of the interview Hugh asks if I would like to go visit Robert Wyatt and Alfreda that night? Having not got the permission to speak with Robert from Virgin due to his illness, I was flabberghasted! Spent a long evening chatting and listening to music with Robert, Alfie, Hugh & Sean Murphy (Soft Machine engineer). The first record Robert played was an acoustic bass solo effort by Harry Miller - South African expatriate and member of the legendary Blue Notes - forced out of their troubled homeland for being a mixed (race) jazz quintet! They moved to London in the early 60's and changed the modern jazz scene there in many ways! Each member of the Blue Notes was a force to be reckoned with - leader & pianist Chris MacGregor, Dudu Pukwana on alto sax, Mongezi Fesa on trumpets, Johnny Dyani on bass and Louis Moholo on drums!! Harry played with many of the British heavyweight out-jazz heroes- Mike Westbrook, John Surman, Mike Osbourne?! At the end of the sixties, he ended up again the former Blue Notes' cohorts in the astonishing Brotherhood of Breath who also included the cream of the UK avant-jazz - Evan Parker, Gary Windo, Harry Beckett, Marc Charig, Nick Evans & Radu Malfatti. Inexplicably and tragically - all members of the Blue Notes have since passed away except for Louis Moholo. Only two of the four regular Brotherhood of Breath releases ('s/t' & 'Live at Willisau') remain in print, with a third (live) cd to be released by Cuneiform later this year. The Blue Notes & BoB have a devoted & ever-growing following thanks to renewed interest (I have long championed this scene) and books like 'Innovations in British Jazz' for helping keep the flame burning! Which brings us to this marvelous & important box set - a memorial to Harry Miller by his wife Hazel who helped him run the fabulous Ogun label!The Collection' is an extraordinary three cd set and beautiful booklet filled with the kind and instructive words by fellow musicians and journalists. The three cds contain three lps with Harry as the leader (of Isipingo), an astounding duo record with Radu Malfatti on trombone and that one legendary solo bass release - 'Children at Play' from 1974! Harry also plays some hand percussion and flute on this jewel - but it is the soulful, glowing, passionate and resonant contrabass playing which continues to make us feel good now and in days to come! This offering goes from gentle to fierce to extended bass explorations to a child-like folk tune. Still, there is a certain folky/funky/earthy quality to this and other South African jazz - even if the location has changed completely. A quarter century since I last reckoned with this and it still rings true. The duo lp with trombonist Radu Malfatti is something else entirely! It was recorded live & first released in 1978. This is British/Euro free/improv at its finest - captured marvelously so that each sound can be held and fathomed without distraction. Beginning with many small sounds very slowly naturally occurring assembling babbling bubbling softly from the start and building the dialogue into conversation. Still fresh and timeless.

The first group album is Isipingo's 'Family Affair' from '77 and featuring a stellar sextet with Mike Osbourne on alto sax, Malcolm Griffiths on trombone, Mark Charig on trumpet, Keith Tippett (the master!) on piano & Louis Moholo on drums! What a line-up of giants! This music starts the heart a' fluttering with that wonderful South African gospelish funky jive groove saute-ing our souls! Moholo reminds me of Ed Blackwell with his distinctive second-line/out-jazz swing! This is happy music and each musician comes up with joyous solos inspired by the swell, hypnotic songs. When Mike Osborne finally explodes, everyone reaches for the stars, the break-neck pace pushes all into the stream. Keith Tippett is a marvel throughout - forever astonishing us with his cosmic harp-like flurries! The rhythm team does an impossible and ridiculous job of spinning in hyper-drive lightning flashes surprising us all! From only one year later we get a much different sextet with only the rhythm team in tact. 'In Conference' features Willem Breuker (leader of The Kollektief) and Trevor Watts (SME & Amalgam) on saxes plus special treat Julie Tippett on vocals! It continues down a similar path of robust freedom and intense energy - soaring from the first note, both sax players spin long note-bending webs of notes - the (Tippett fronted) rhythm team often burn - pushing hard on both saxes! "Orange Grove" has that infectious jive/groove once more with Harry's bass buzzing like mad at the center! Both saxists go for broke - playing powerful solos that swing with lyrical abandon at first, but later head for the stratosphere. Julie doesn't even appear until the second side of this lp - but does fit so well with this explosive sextet. The fifth and final lp is called 'down south' from the last year of Harry's life - 1983 - featuring a part Dutch unit with Sean Bergin on saxes, Mark Charig on cornet, Walter Weirbos on trombone and the wackiest drummer of them all - Han Bennink! Even with a whole new selection of players, the spirit is still there! The three horns remain inspired and ever-spinning throughout. Han put his silly schtick aside and plays truly inspired for the entire cd!?! The Harry Miller 'Collection' is a true blessing, since all five of these lps have long been out-of-print and each is an incredible work in its own right! " - BLG

3 CD set and bklt for $40


http://DownTownMusicGallery.com for those in the US.

Also seen listed at http://www.crazyjazz.co.uk for those in the UK.
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Postby Owen on Fri Jan 13, 2006 8:22 am

Gilesfan wrote:
Owen wrote:I went a-hunting Gilesfan...

http://www.frankperry.co.uk/ is where you want to go.

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Thanks Owen!

Man! :shock: This guy is deep! :) Heavy man, heavyyyyyy! :)


Seriously, though. What an all around artist! Interesting man, that's for sure. They just don't make 'em like him anymore.
Another purist who has never been seen in the "music mass media machine"!

I noticed he played with Derek Bailey who I know that Jamie played with as well.

Some similarities with Jamie. Paints too! Interesting. Jamie is also another deep, heavy, artist type.

But then again, a lot of percussionists are! :wink:

Thanks again Owen. :)


Now on ebay for you Gilesfan: Frank Perry: Temple CD

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Postby Gilesfan on Mon Jan 16, 2006 10:50 am

Thanks Owen!
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