Label : World Record Co.
A real treasure from the South African scene of the 60s – and the kind
of record that we thought wasn't being made until the following decade!
Tenorist Winston Mankunku Ngozi rivals the genius of Coltrane and Wayne
Shorter here – both artists to whom he dedicates a key track on the
album – and the record's hardly just a South African jazz effort, as
it's got this long-flowing spiritual energy that rivals some of the best
American work on Impulse or Blue Note at the time – but, like the best
of those records, never does so in any sort of slavish way at all!
Instead, Ngozi really finds his own voice here – blowing tenor with a
great amount of depth, in a quartet that often hits these modal currents
that work great with his horn – a lineup that features Lionel Pillay on
piano, Agrippa Magwaza on bass, and Early Mabuza on drums.
Mankunku Quartet – Yakhal' InkomoDownload Lp
By Electric Looser