GIDEON NXUMALO Jazz Fantasia
- MAD ABOUT RECORDS
- LP 3990 yen (税込)
|B1.||First Movement: "Rat Race"||sample|
|B2.||Second Movement: "Home At Night"||sample|
|B3.||Third Movement: "Having A Ball"||sample|
True to its name in both form and spirit, Gideon Nxumalo’s 1962 Jazz Fantasia is a key document of modernist South African jazz. Vital, ambitious, consummate in conception and execution, it is perhaps the crucial small group recording of the early 1960s, and one of the few complete sets by a small modernist group to have been released on LP during these years.
Nxumalo himself is an absolutely central figure in the development of modernist jazz sounds in South Africa. A university trained pianist, he taught piano and theory at Dorkay House, and he composed the music for the Sponono musical, the first South African production to play on Broadway. As evidenced here, his playing is of singular stamp and his compositions are radical and exploratory, but as with so many South African innovators, his recorded footprint is frustratingly small and incredibly hard to find. The few LPs issued under his name are so rare that in musical terms he has become a virtually unknown quantity. But his stature is in no doubt.
Composed By, Leader, Piano, Liner Notes – Gideon Nxumalo
Alto Saxophone [1st] – Kippie Moeketsi
Alto Saxophone [2nd] – Dudu Pukwana
Bass – Martin Mgijima
Drums – Makaya Ntshoko
Recorded By – Alan Boyle
Recorded "Live" At Wits University Great Hall, Johannesburg, September 1962.