Friday, August 11, 2017

DOLLAR BRAND - Underground In Africa (LP-1974 / Re-The Sun Records-LP-1979)




Label: The Sun – SRK 786 143
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, 2nd pressing / Country: South Africa / Released: 1979
Original Release: MANDLA ‎– KRS 114 (LP-1974)
Style: Soul-Jazz, Modal, Free Improvisation
Recorded at Gallo Studios in Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa, March, 1974.
Painting [Cover] – Hargrawes Nlukwana
Producer – Rashid Vally, Independant Records
Publisher – EKAPA
Composed By – Dollar Brand
Matrix / Runout (Side A, Etched): SRK 786143-A
Matrix / Runout (Side B, Etched): SRK 786143-B

A mega rare and original SOUTH AFRICAN lp release / The Sun pressing!

A  -  Kalahari ....................................................................................................... 23:25
B1 - Ornettes Cornet (In Tribute To Ornette Coleman) ......................................... 5:28
B2 - All Day & All Night Long ............................................................................... 5:30
B3 - Gwidza (In Memory Of Campbel Gwidza) .................................................... 4:50

Personnel:
Dollar Brand – piano, flute
Robbie Jansen – alto saxophone
Basil Coetzee – tenor saxophone [1st], flute
Arthur Jacobs – tenor saxophone [2nd]
[unknown] Special Purpose Artist – marimba
Lionel Beukes – bass [Fender]
Nazier Kapdi – drums, percussion



It's easily my favorite Dollar Brand album. Most of his albums fall into a few different categories. You've got your solo piano albums, your friendly Cape Jazz albums, and some collaborations that could at times go way farther than Brand would go on his own (see his albums with Gato Barbieri, Max Roach, or Archie Shepp). But there are a very rare few where he played with an electric jazz band, and this is one of them. Kalahari's bass groove is massive, and its twenty three minutes are spent in an almost Kraut-y trance of cosmic, serene peace jazz that, and I can't stress enough how important this is, never once gets cheesy or friendly or anything of the sort. It is a blissful, righteous side-long trip.
The other three are a droney meditative piece, a funky jazz groove banger with some more killer bass, and a solo piano piece that spends a great deal of time in an impossibly fast permutation of 9/8.

Keep your spirits up and enter Dollar Brands a masterpiece "Kalahari", taken from his supa rare "Underground In Africa" LP. Mr Brand delivers an epic 23 min long afro jazz monster that from beginning to end sets you in a musical trance.



If you find it, buy this album!