Louis Moholo-Moholo batteria
John Edwards contrabbasso
Alexander Hawkins pianoforte
Jason Yarde saxofoni
Shabaka Hutchings saxofoni
KEITH & JULIE TIPPETT “COUPLE IN SPIRIT
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The Blue Notes, a group of young South African jazzmen harassed under apartheid, chose exile in 1964. In London, they were adopted by the emerging British avant garde jazz scene, where the energy and inspiration of their South African culture had a seminal influence on European free music. Louis Moholo, one of the best drummers on the improvisation scene and the only alive member of Blue Notes, was a leader of European Radical music before returning to his native township of Langa, Cape Town, some ten years ago. His vigour and sensitivity allowed him to engage in memorable duets with such pianists as Stan Tracey and with the sacred monster of Afro-American avant garde, Cecil Taylor: an extremely intelligent leader, as proved by his European success.
Keith and Julie Tippett are among the most important European jazz musicians (improvisers, composers, arrangers) in the last 40 years. The extent of their work is vast both individually and as a couple. Keith Tippett has become the father figure of postmodern jazz piano in the UK. He 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. After she scored a hit record with ‘This Wheel’s on Fire’, in 1967 with Brian Auger’s Trinity as Julie Driscoll, Julie by-passed popular music conventions, painstakingly exploring her way into what would become a whole new vocabulary of soundscape. A singer beyond song, the great Julie Tippetts is a central catalyst in Keith’s work, but her importance is also as a poet and creator of a distinctly independent language within the song form, a crucial factor in their collective story. Their fusion is intensely personal yet totally crucial to their distinctly different kind of feast for the ears.