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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Harry Miller - BBC 1976 & 1977

Here's the promised re-share of the earlier Harry Miller post. The first session of that post has been commercially released on Reel Recordings, hence I took that first offering down and those tracks aren't included here. Sorry that it took me so long, I completely forgot!

The opening is made by the great bass player Harry Miller (1941-1983). He was one of the doomed South African exiles, but his forceful music, his thumping bass playing, his dynamic interaction with frequent parter-in-crime Louis Moholo (one of the survivors) continues bringing incredible pleasure to my life - and I hope many others' lives, too!

Miller's official releases on Ogun have been reissued in a great 3CD set that is - alas - out of print again, but if you're a fan, you'll absolutely need that! (info)
In addition to that, Cuneiform has a great Isipingo live recording available, very much worth buying!

Louis Moholo, by the way, has been featured in a couple of earlier posts here:
Louis Moholo/Keith Tippett/Julie Tippets & MinAfrica Orchestra - Sant'Anna Arresi 2008
Louis Moholo-Moholo Quintet - Roma 2007

Also, there's my South African blindfold test, posted last spring, and then there's this post with many useful links (I hope they're still good, too many to check them, sorry):
The Joy and Pain of South African Jazz

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Harry Miller Isipingo - 1976
Marc Charig (t), Malcolm Griffiths (tb), Mike Osborne (as), Stan Tracey (p), Harry Miller (b), Louis Moholo (d)
1. Family Affair (9:58)
2. Where Now Then? (9:53)

Harry Miller Quintet - 1977
Trevor Watts (as,ss); Alan Wakeman (ts,ss), Berni Holland (g), Harry Miller (b), Louis Moholo (d)
3. Orange Grove (9:22)
4. A Traumatic Experience (17:20)

TT: 46:34

#1,2: BBC broadcast early 1976
#2,4: "Jazz in Britain" broadcast 24-12-1977(?)

Lineage: FM > Sony reel to reel > standalone cd recorder > EAC > WAV > FLAC

Note on first broadcast (#1,2): There is probably a third piece missing for some reason I can't remember.



Harry Miller Isipingo - 1975

Mongezi Feza - trumpet
Nick Evans - trombone
Mike Osborne - alto sax
Stan Tracey - piano
Harry Miller - bass
Louis Moholo - drums

Whey Hey! (15:35)
Good Heavens Evans (11:59)

Source: "Jazz in Britain" broadcast 1975-02-24

These two titles have been commercially released on Reel Recordings:
And hence should not be circulating any longer.


ubu said...

FLAC (tagged) + info:

Owen said...

Thanks for the re-up on this. It makes a wonderful supplement to the Reel Recordings and Cuneiform releases of recent years.

joesh said...

Hi Ubu

I don't know where you are in the world and if you have direct information concerning these wonderful recordings, but from listening to these (I just bumped into them) I would say that the info concerning the pianist is incorrect. The pianist on these recordings is Keith Tippett, unless Stan was doing a good imitation on that day. This would also tie in with the recordings (and group) as Harry and Keith often played as an ensemble - also on the original Isipingo recording.

You could maybe sound out a few other musicians and fans to see what they think, or maybe you already did.

Thanks again for the music.

ubu said...

Took me a long while to reply - sorry! And I haven't even squeezed in a listen.

I got the info from the folks who shared (and quite possibly taped) these sets - no direct info from the Beeb.

Cyrus said...

Hi there,
Please RE-UPLOAD this awesome post.
thank you