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Louis Moholo Moholo – Mpumi

"Louis Moholo-Moholo, son of the soil, has embarked on this musicial journey with two of South Afrika's treasures - pianists Mervyn Africa and Pule Pheto. The third pianist is is old friend and favourite, Keith Tippett. Louis's warm, vibrant and marvellous sounds celebrrate the ememory of his long departed brothers: Mogezi Feza, Johnny Dyani, Chris McGregor, Dud Pukwana, Harry Miller; and his beloved mother Dorah Lulu Moholo." - Mpumi Moholo.

"Take a leaf from our past and blend it with fresh leaves from our modern day trees, so that tomorrow when our children hear our music they will in turn take a leaf from their past (which I hope will be us) thus empowering themselves with new leaves to carry on the tradition handed down to us." 

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Louis Moholo Moholo / drums

Mervyn Africa / piano

Pule Pheto / piano

Keith Tippett / piano

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Recorded September 1995 at Gateway Studios, Kingston, by Steve Lowe. Mixed and mastered by Martin Davidson. 

Available as 320k MP3 or 16 bit FLAC

Tracklisting:

1. Spirit Of The Wind Into Gazilam - 13:45
2. Nkadime Nako Into Siyazalana (Borrow Me Time Into We Are Related) - 17:32
3. A Story By The Brothers Chapter One - 12:45
4. A Story By The Brothers Chapter Two - 10:08
5. A Story By The Brothers Chapter Three - 22:39

Louis Moholo Moholo

Born in Cape Town, South Africa, in 1940, Louis Moholo-Moholo has been one of the seminal figures in the international creative music scene since his emergence with the legendary Blue Notes in the early 1960s. Since this time, he has been at the heart of countless other classic line-ups, not least the Brotherhood of Breath, and his own projects such as Spirits Rejoice and Viva La Black. Alongside his profile as a bandleader, he has appeared worldwide and on record with a virtual who's who of modern creative music, including Steve Lacy, Cecil Taylor, John Tchicai, Marilyn Crispell, Irene Schweizer, Wadada Leo Smith, Keith Tippett, Kenny Wheeler, and Evan Parker, to name only a tiny number. 

In the mid-1960s, Moholo-Moholo toured South American with Steve Lacy, recording with him ‘The Forest and The Zoo’, widely thought to be the first ever fully improvised album. Returning to the UK, he joined Chris McGregor’s newly formed Brotherhood of Breath, a big band which stunned audiences around Europe with their own highly individual sound. Many other high profile groups, all featuring Louis, drew personnel from this iconic band, amongst them Mike Osborne’s Trio (with Harry Miller), Miller’s own Isipingo, Elton Dean’s Ninesense, and various groups led by Dudu Pukwana. 

Moholo-Moholo also led one of the most exciting groups of the time – the mighty Spirits Rejoice, featuring Evan Parker, Radu Malfatti, Nick Evans, Kenny Wheeler, Keith Tippett and the twin basses of Harry Miller and Johnny Dyani. 

During the eighties Louis toured America with Peter Brötzmann's trio, and continued to work throughout Europe leading his own groups and developing many musical partnerships, including duos with pianists Cecil Taylor in Berlin, and Irene Schweizer in Switzerland. 

Another important milestone in Louis's career was the forming in 1990's of his nine-piece band “Viva-La-Black”, which became the first group to tour South Africa, arranged by the British Council, as the lifting of Apartheid and freedom became imminent. More recently, he has been heard in duo with Wadada Leo Smith, as well as leading his ‘Unit’’. 

Keith Tippett

"Keith Tippett has become the father figure of postmodern jazz piano in the UK. The only dispute in such a statement is the word ‘jazz’; used here to describe a music extending way beyond the bounds of music rooted in “the great American moment”. Keith Tippett has created and fashioned a form of spontaneous composition that finds its setting in totally unique solo piano studies via quartets, sextets, octets and large scale interactive jazz orchestras, fusing compositional arrangements with detailed instant improvising (Centipede, Ark, the Georgian Ensemble and Tapestry Orchestra). The breadth of his activity trips the imagination into a massive canon of possibilities and resolutions. For example his work with Louis Moholo-Moholo and the other ‘Blue Notes’ musicians exiled from South Africa in the 1960’s, plus his on-going commissions in contemporary music composition including the stunning ‘Linukea’ Piano Quintet, his key role in the legendary decades-driven quartet, Mujician with Paul Dunmall, Paul Rogers and Tony Levin, and finally, at the heart of it all, the essential core duo of Couple In Spirit with Julie Tippetts. The conclusion is starkly obvious, we are faced with a phenomenon way, way outside any kind of regular understanding of British ‘jazz’ and improvisation." Steve Day, 2012: ‘Two Full Ears – Listening To Improvised Music’ (Soundworld); ‘Song of The Fly’ (Leo Records)