Album Review

Moholo-Moholo, Louis Unit – “For The Blue Notes” – [Ogun Recording Ltd]

Thurston Hunger   5/7/2015   CD, Jazz

2012 concert for then 72 year old Moholo (and the
last one of Africa’s mighty Brotherhood of Breath
still breathing). Several numbers from pagebooks
past. #2 with a frantic salt/peanuts punch a
piece by Moholo is the highpoint here. #3 by
Chris McGregor a heavy and sad number.
#7 by Dudu Pukwana, a pretty mellow affair w/
vocalist Francine Luce drifting with the horns.
Three by pianist Pule Pheto make better use of
her pipes: #5 her voice effervesces, before a
hypnotic phase and then another cresecendo.
#8 a head-bopping rhythm, her voice more sharp,
staccato scat both she and sax Jason Yarde erupt
for laughter the most avant garde moves on the
album here. #9 also by Pheto glides down as the
first farewells and line-up shouts. Luce is
very prominent through-out on #10, she eclipses
the Mongezi Feza melody which is nonetheless
triumphant. Part of me misses a more pronounced
highlighting of the band. But Luce does sparkle
on her own composition #4, with great bass.
#11 severs another fond farewell. #6 by Yarde
has a fantastic start, the most mystical of
the bunch.
-Thurston Hunger

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