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Harry Miller's Isipingo Which Way Now Review

Album. Released 23 May 2006.  

BBC Review

German radio recording of bassist Harry Miller's free blowing outfit featuring Mongezi...

Peter Marsh 2006

When bassist Harry Miller died in 1983, the UK jazz scene lost one of its most vibrant and dynamic talents. While the South African born bassist was best known for his membership of the Brotherhood of Breath,his work with Mike Westbrook and the leading lights of the European improv scene was equally seminal.

Isipingo recorded one album in their lifetime, but this German radio recording catches the original line-up in full flight.Mongezi Feza's trumpet is agile, focussed and without frills; Mike Osborne's urgent, astringent alto and Nick Evan's sumptuously fat trombone complete the front line. Keith Tippett's piano veers from delicate arpeggios to punchy dissonance, while Miller and drummer Louis Moholo lay down fat, ragged, propulsive grooves that lie somewhere between Mingus and SA township jive.

This is an essential document of an under-recorded band; much kudos (as ever)to Cuneiform for an excellent job, but it's tempting to ask why it falls toa small US indie label to unearth and preservetheseBritish jazz gems. Oh well...

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