Next Stop Soweto, Vol. 3: Giants, Ministers and Makers - Jazz in South Aftrica 1963-198

Next Stop Soweto, Vol. 3: Giants, Ministers and Makers - Jazz in South Aftrica 1963-198

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Next Stop Soweto, Vol. 3: Giants, Ministers and Makers - Jazz in South Aftrica 1963-198

In closing out the Next Stop... Soweto series, Strut examines the jazz scene from South Africa. Elements of bebop and cool jazz lead the way on Mankunku Quartet's "Dedication (To Daddy Trane and Brother Shorter)," whose loose arrangements and tight playing are a highlight of the set. Midway through the jam session, Agrippa Magwaza on bass) and Lionel Pillay (on piano) really take over for some beautiful back-and-forth work. Magwaza plucks rhythmically to keep tempo while Pillay covers a wide range of notes on the right half of his keyboard. The Malombo Jazz Makers similarly have great chemistry in the breezy "Sibathathu" on guitar and drums. Notably missing is a snare, as nearly all of the drum work is on the toms. It creates a joyous mood with Lucky Ranku's guitar strumming, which is playful and celebratory. While the song itself is short at not even three-minutes long, the mood it creates eclipses that mark immensely. Clocking in at nearly 16 minutes is Batsumi's opus "Itumeleng." Largely hypnotic, the track jumps into a more frantic ending, with nearly 20 seconds of its final minute going into a spastic splurge before mellowing and fading. The liner notes are filled with an excellent recap of what it was like for these musicians during such an oppressive time in the country's changing political environment. Scattered throughout the booklet are also album covers and studio session photographs, including a fantastic black-and-white of saxophonist Mankunku Ngozi puffing a cigarette left-handed while holding his instrument in his right. Many of the songs are indeed long jam sessions, as was usual for the fruitful '60s and '70s, hence the reason the music here is spread over two discs. The collection, though long, never overstays its welcome. The music itself fits in nicely with much of the jazz idiom prevalent at the time, regardless of region. For the most part, Next Stop is jazz being played by South Africans more than it is South African musicians trying to create a distinct, regional sound, which is only a compliment to the musicians featured on this set, as they prove they were giants in their field. While this disc will be most accessible to music listening audiences for its sonic familiarity, it may also be the best collection in the set. ~ Eric Luecking

Product Details

Release Date: 08/03/2010
Label: Strut Records
UPC: 0730003306327
catalogNumber: 63
Rank: 68586

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dudu Pukwana   Alto Saxophone
Chris McGregor   Piano
Barney Rachabane   Reeds,Alto Saxophone
Philip Tabane   Guitar,Vocals
Bheki Mseleku   Piano
Mongezi Feza   Trumpet
Mervyn Africa   Organ,Electric Piano,Vibes
Julian Bahula   Drums
Russell Herman   Electric Guitar
Lucky Ranku   Guitar
Gilbert Matthews   Percussion,Drums
Johnny Mekoa   Trumpet
Ernest Mothle   Double Bass
Lionel Pillay   Piano
Sipho Gumede   Percussion,Electric Bass
Cyril Magubane   Guitar
Duke Makasi   Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Tete Mbambisa   Piano
Nomvula Ndlazilwane   Piano
Kippie Moeketsi   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Nick Moyake   Tenor Saxophone
Early Mabuza   Drums
Agrippa Magwaza   Bass
Nelson Magwaza   Drums
Victor Ndlazilwane   Tenor Saxophone
Dick Khoza   Drums
Gordon Mfandu   Drums
Dennis Mpale   Trumpet
Winston "Mankunku" Ngozi   Tenor Saxophone
Chris Schilder   Bass
Christopher Columbus Ngcukana   Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
Edward Mnono   Guitar
Pat Matshikiza   Piano
Noel Jones   Trumpet
Henry Sithole   Alto Saxophone
George Tjefumani   Trumpet
Gary Kriel   Guitar
Freeman Lambatha   Baritone Saxophone
Franz Monareng   Drums
Fezile Wotshela   Piano
Enoch Mnhaleni   Guitar
David Sithole   Trumpet
Buta Buta Zwane   Percussion,Vocals
Bob Tizzard   Trombone
Blythe Mbityana   Trombone
Big T Ntsele   Bass
Aubrey Simani   Tenor Saxophone
Amos Lebombo   Bass
Alpheus Koloti   Flute
Alec Khaoli   Bass
Abbey Cindi   Flute,Harmonica
"Boy" Ngwenya   Bass
Maswaswe Mothopeng   Guitar,Percussion,Vocals
Mafufa Jama   Drums
Lekgabe "Abel" Maleka   Drums,Bandleader
James Mrulekana   Drums
Hilda Tloubatia   Vocals
Zulu Bidi   Contrabass (Vocal)
Yuma Ntethe   Alto Saxophone
Windsor Nqabeni   Drums
Willie Nettie   Trombone
Victor Kula   Tenor Saxophone
Tony Santi   Bass
Themba Koyana   Tenor Saxophone
Thbang Masemola   Flute,Percussion,Jaw Harp
Tex Nduluka   Trumpet
Temba Mehlomakulu   Trombone,Trumpet
Spencer Adu   Bass
Simon Sithole   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Shepstone Sothopane   Drums
Shakes Mgudlwa   Piano
Sello "John" Mothopeng   Organ
Sandile Shange   Guitar
Roger Khoza   Piano
Ray Nkwe   Podorythmie
Raphudu Phale   Drums
Pina Yibi   Drums
Phillip Schilder "Ibrahim Kalil Shihab"   Piano
Mongezi Velelo   Bass
Sipho Hotstix Mabuse   Drums
Sammy Maritz   Bass
Ebbie Cresswell   Trumpet
Sipho Gurmede   Bass
Victor Majiza   Bass
Robert Sitthole   Flute
Nomvula Bdlazilwane   Piano

Technical Credits

Dudu Pukwana   Composer
Philip Tabane   Composer
Rashid Vally   Producer
Paul Wright   Engineer
Sipho Gumede   Composer
Cyril Magubane   Composer
Duke Makasi   Composer
Tete Mbambisa   Composer
Kippie Moeketsi   Composer
Alan Boyle   Engineer
Dave Challen   Engineer
Victor Ndlazilwane   Composer
Dennis Mpale   Composer
Frances Gooding   Concept
Duncan Brooker   Concept
Winston "Mankunku" Ngozi   Composer
Batsumi   Composer
Spirits Rejoice   Producer
Chris Schilder   Composer
Lucas Ranku   Composer
Christopher Columbus Ngcukana   Composer
Themba Mokoena   Composer
Edward Mnono   Composer
Pat Matshikiza   Composer
Gwen Ansell   Liner Notes
Greg Siphi Ngcobo   Producer
David Marks   Producer
Baba Matiwane   Producer
Lofty Schultz   Producer
Ray Nkwe   Producer

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