Friday, September 13, 2013

CHRIS McGREGOR – In His Good Time (Live In Paris 1977) - LP-1979

Label: Ogun – OG 521
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album; Country: UK - Released: 1979 
Style: Free Jazz, Free Improvisation
Recorded live at the Palais des Glaces, Paris in 1977.
Piano – Chris McGregor
Producer – Chris McGregor, Ron Barron

Founder of South African group the Blue Notes and, later in London, the Brotherhood of Breath, pianist Chris McGregor (born in the Transkei to Scottish missionary parents) was among the first musicians to take what became known as "township jazz" beyond South Africa, when he and the Blue Notes went into voluntary exile in 1964. Like pianist Dollar Brand (later Abdullah Ibrahim) and trumpeter Hugh Masekela, who had both left the country in the wake of 1960's Sharpeville massacre, McGregor no longer felt he could live and work under the barbarism of the apartheid regime, in which the Blue Notes' situation was exacerbated by the presence of both black and white musicians in the group.

The classic Blue Notes' lineup featured alto saxophonist Dudu Pukwana, tenor saxophonist Nick Moyake, trumpeter Mongezi Feza, bassist Johnny Dyani and drummer Louis Moholo- Moholo. A bigger band, Brotherhood of Breath included several members of the Blue Notes along with musicians prominent on London's free jazz scene.

McGregor, who died in 1990 in his adopted homeland of France, rarely recorded solo. Two albums for the French Musica label have long been collectors' items, as has In His Good Time, recorded at a Paris concert in 1977 and first released by Ogun in 1979.

"Damn; I really don’t know what to write about Chris McGregor, after all he has been my friend for a dozen years. His powerful personage moved into the English scene in the middle sixties, and eventually created the Brotherhood Of Breath, and in doing so influenced a whole group of English players to continue his African concepts. He brought with him the incredible players of South Africa, among them the late Mongezi Feza, Dudu Pukwana, Louis Moholo, Ronnie Beer and Johnny Dyani. His reputation was based almost entirely on his ability as an organiser, as a band leader, and his previous solo piano recording on Musica was not really representative of his ability. This Ogun production however shows that his heritage can come forth without the aid of an orchestra. The performance, a concert at the Palais des Glaces in Paris, consists, with the exception of Dudu Pukwana’s “ The Bride ”, of all original compositions, compositions that show Chris to be a powerful and original pianist. Of course you can hear Africa clearly, even living in England and now France, could not take that away. He used to say that when he lived in South Africa, receiving records from America was like getting letters from a friend. Chris I thank you for this correspondence."

_ BILL SMITH in Coda Magazine, February 1980

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  1. CHRIS McGREGOR – In His Good Time (Live In Paris 1977)
    Vinyl Rip – MP3@320+Cover



  2. Great Chris McGregor! I have not this album.
    Thank You!

  3. Had chance to listen to the album; interesting to hear him in a solo piano format.
    Good stuff.
    Thanks Vitko for yet another goodie.

  4. I have the previous two McGregor solo projects "Piano Song Vol 1 and Vol 2" (Musica Records, LP-1977), and if interest in them, they can be prepared for publication in a future period.


  5. Wonderful! It remains me sometimes Takemitsu piano works and also Paul Bley.
    I am interested in those two solo albums if I am not too late :)
    Thanks again Vitko!

    1. I'll leave the links on this place, for several days.

  6. Great.. thanks for this missing link!