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Chris McGregor's Brotherhood of Breath [CD]

Chris McGregor, Chris Mcgregor's Brotherhood of Breth Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (26 Feb 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Fledg'ling
  • ASIN: B000MX7ULC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,530 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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A long-overdue release on CD of a classic title from 1971 by Chris McGregor's magnificent big band Brotherhood Of Breath. Arguably one of the most influential albums to emerge from the London jazz scene of the early 1970s. The Brotherhood of Breath was an exuberant big-band created by South African born pianist and composer Chris McGregor. In South Africa, McGregor had formed the racially mixed Blue Notes in the early 1960s. By 1964, finding it very difficult to work at home, they left for Europe, finally settling in London in 1966. The Blue Notes - Chris McGregor, Dudu Pukwana, Mongezi Feza, Johnny Dyani and Louis Moholo made a huge impact on London's jazz scene and befriended many in London's emerging avant-garde jazz community. The Brotherhood Of Breath was essentially the expatriate Blue Notes augmented by a large number of their friends from the British jazz community. The ensemble played an "energetic mixture of Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus and Sun Ra but retained a unique feel due to the South African influences and the intelligent arrangements." McGregor dreamed of keeping the band together "not as an institution, but as a community." Unfortunately the economics of touring with such a large ensemble made that impossible. The group with a varying line-up continued to perform and record sporadically until McGregor's untimely death in May 1990. Sadly Mongezi Feza died in December 1975, Johnny Dyani in October 1986 and Dudu Pukwana June 1990. Their wonderful joyous music continues to be performed by the occasional Dedication Orchestra. Chris McGregor (leader, piano, African xylophone), Malcolm Griffiths (trombone), Nick Evans (trombone), Mongezi Feza (pocket trumpet, Indian flute), Mark Charig (cornet), Harry Beckett (trumpet), Dudu Pukana (alto saxophone), Ronnie Beer (tenor saxophone, Indian flute), Alan Skidmore (tenor and soprano saxophone), Harry Miller (bass), Louis Moholo (drums, percussion), Mike Osborne (alto saxophone, clarinet), John Surman (baritone and soprano saxophone).

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
By Mr. C. W. Smith VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Chris McGregor had called upon his old mates from the Blue Notes Mongezi Feza, Dudu Pukwana & Louis Moholo and combined them with the cream of the British free movement including Malcolm Griffiths, Alan Skidmore, Mike Osborne & John Surman to form a big band like no other, a free band that swung or was that a swing band that played free in any event the music they made on CM'sBOB was astonishingly fresh and inspired.
From the opening pulse of Moholo's drums and McGregor's driving piano on Dudu Pukwana's excellent MRA you just know that this is a very special record, even before the horns come in you can feel that African Sun.
MRA is followed by the lovely ballad 'Davashe's Dream', the McGregor led 'The Bride' and African tinged Ellingtonia of 'Andromeda'.
Night Poem is a twenty one minute free exersise that builds and builds as layer upon layer of ideas bounce off of the various players in a most delightful cacophony.
The last track is the whimsical 'Union Special'.
Highly Recommended as an introduction to the workings of a quite remarkable collective.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful music 17 April 2007
Format:Audio CD
This great album by a legendary band has long been unobtainable, vinyl copies change hands at high prices. The music is similar to some of Mingus' work, but with the township jive feel replacing the funky gospel of Mingus. The soloists are 1st rate, Dudu Puckwana and Mongezi Feza stand out. This is passionate music played from the heart by an extraordinary band at its peak. Bravo Chris Mcgregor!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic 7 Sep 2000
Format:Audio CD
This great album by a legendary band has long been unobtainable, vinyl copies change hands at high prices. The music is similar to some of Mingus' work, but with the township jive feel replacing the funky gospel of Mingus. The soloists are 1st rate, Dudu Puckwana and Mongezi Feza stand out. This is passionate music played from the heart by an extraordinary band at its peak. Bravo Chris Mcgregor!
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This is music to change the world. So many of these guy's are dead now, but this is a memorial to them that will last. Chris McGregor's Brotherhood of Breath brought together the South African township Kwela and blended it with the best of British Avant-Garde. A truly joyful experience.
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a great band with musicians who new what they were doing and why! The cd sounds just as fresh as when i first heard the record.
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