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Louis Moholo-Moholo Quartet - 4 Blokes  

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Artist: Louis Moholo-Moholo Quartet
Album: 4 Blokes
Genre:  Contemporary Jazz, Free Jazz
Label: Ogun Records
Recording Date: 2013


The only pedestrian thing about this CD is the title. Everything else, from its gamelan-like-opening cut, to its closing peaceful moments, spells world-class improvisation and masterful compositional thinking.
The star of this session is of course the leader who gives his name to the quartet. Louis Moholo-Moholo, a powerful, effusive and sensitive drummer who moved from his native South Africa to Britain in the 1960s and became an important voice in the then burgeoning improvised music scene seems to have lost none of his exquisite verve and can still lay down some mighty flourishes on his kit. He's joined here by three other blokes who are much younger men, but pianist Alexander Hawkins, bassist John Edwards bass and saxophonist Jason Yarde are all up to the task of matching the leader's drive.
The insistent, irrepressible "For the Blue Notes" which starts off the set, alludes to the drummer's legendary band of the 60s. Other historical references include the piece "Tears for Steve Biko," which is part lament, part protest song. The title cut is one solid blockbuster of a tune, with everyone going full throttle. The most loveable thing about this session recorded in November 2013 is that there's a balance of what has often been called "inside" and "outside" playing, as this quartet, with a finely-honed telepathic sense, works as a tight unit, even when each musician is pushing at the limit of cohesion and coherence in some of the wilder moments, of which there are many. But the music can downshift to a lullaby softness, as in 'Something Gentle" and sway gracefully in the waltz-time of "Angel-Nomali."
There's lots to praise here, but just the magic of Moholo's playing, with its inevitable echoes of his phenomenal free jazz style of the 60s makes this a memorable release well worth having. - Paul Serralheiro, Squidsear

Louis Moholo-Moholo’s recent sessions for the Ogun label have not only shown that the great South African drummer’s fires still burn brightly at 74, but also that he’s making some of the great jazz of his time – as Richard Williams observes in the sleevenotes, Moholo-Moholo’s recent gigs have produced live music “as consistently enthralling as any being made during this phase of jazz’s continuing evolution”. 4 Blokes is a casual title for a set of astonishing intensity, the blokes being the leader, saxophonist Jason Yarde, pianist Alexander Hawkins and bassist John Edwards. Hawkins’ racing piano leads the hooty For the Blue Notes, Yarde is sinewy and agile on soprano sax on the free-jazz sprint Something Gentle (which it isn’t, until its closing moments), while the hymnal Mark of Respect rises on Yarde’s swelling melody over churning grooves. The long Tears for Steve Biko is a free-jazz thrash dominated by writhing soprano lines and clamouring piano, and South African jazz heroes the Blue Notes (Moholo-Moholo is the only surviving member) are celebrated on the late Dudu Pukwana’s sensuous Angel-Nomali. It’s not quite like being at a 4 Blokes gig, but very close. - John Fordham, The Guardian

Bass – John Edwards
Drums – Louis Moholo-Moholo
Piano – Alexander Hawkins
Saxophones – Jason Yarde

1 For The Blue Notes 4:47
2 Something Gentle 10:04
3 All Of Us > Khwalo 8:02
4 Mark Of Respect 4:57
5 Tears For Steve Biko 16:28
6 4 Blokes 10:52
7 Yes Baby, No Baby 2:56
8 Angel-Nomali 7:15
9 Something Gentle (Reprise) 2:02
Recorded on 12 November 2013 at Fish Factory Studios, London.

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