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Main » 2007 » March » 20 » Chris McGregor's Brotherhood of Breath - 1971 - Brotherhood of Breath
Chris McGregor's Brotherhood of Breath - 1971 - Brotherhood of Breath
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Chris McGregor's Brotherhood of Breath


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1.Mra
2.Davashe's Dream
3.Bride
4.Andromeda
5.Night Poem
6.Union Special


Chris McGregor, a pianist who had formed the Blue Notes in his native South Africa, hatched the idea of the Brotherhood of Breath in his transplanted home of London. The group got its start at the end of the Blue Notes tenure in 1969. This new group was essentially the same band with the addition of several members of the British jazz community. Among the people who were in the Brotherhood were Harry Beckett, Evan Parker, Nick Evans (Keith Tippett Group), Mike Osborn, and Dudu Pukwana (Blue Notes). The first album, Chris McGregor's Brotherhood of Breath, came out in 1971. The album augmented the group's live legend in establishing their reputation as one of the up-and-coming new jazz groups. They released their next album, Brotherhood, in 1972. A live album, Travelling Somewhere, was recorded in 1973, but not released until later. The group dissolved in the mid-'70s.
~ Gary Hill, All Music Guide

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Chris McGregor was born the son of a Scottish missionary, brought up on church hymns, and Xhosa dances. He studied at the Cape Town College of Music and discovered the black jazz scene. His septet played in the 1962 National Jazz Festival and after founding the Blue Notes in 1963, he led a big band. Harassed by the authorities, they escaped the country through an invitation to the 1964 Antibes Jazz Festival. Fellow expatriate Abdullah Ibrahim helped them find work in Zurich, then at Ronnie Scott's in London, and at the Café Montmartre in Copenhagen. The Blue Notes mixed South African rhythms with free improvisation, an unprecedented fusion that created a completely original, unmistakable style (In Concert, Vol. 1 & 2, Ogun 1978). McGregor's big band Brotherhood of Breath enlarged the Blue Notes with free improvisers (Evan Parker, Trevor Watts, Paul Rutherford). They toured Europe to cheering audiences, but their studio records for RCA in the early '70s weren't adequately promoted. Their exciting and joyous live performances are captured on releases by independent labels Ogun and Cuneiform. Keeping a large unit together became impossible and when McGregor moved into the more comfortable climate of the south of France, the Brotherhood reunited only intermittently and he played with smaller groups or solo (heard on Piano Song, Vol. 1 & 2, Musica 1977, and In His Good Time, Ogun 1978). An Ellingtonian musician, his real instrument being the orchestra, McGregor had a thick, percussive, and yet melodic piano style. A continental big band was reunited in the '80s (Yes Please, In&Out 1981, and Country Cooking, Virgin 1988) and well-received, but failed to fully re-create the excitement of the original band.
~ Francesco Martinelli, All Music Guide


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