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Sibanye (We Are One)


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Journey 11:49
Soze (Never) 06:28
Reflect 07:21


Intakt CD 145

Call it inspiration, magic or what you will. The music then takes on a larger aspect, one that is extremely vivid to the senses, but is fundamentally resistant to description. This first meeting between Louis Moholo-Moholo and Marilyn Crispell is one of them.

This South African jazz drummer, now 68 and living in his home country after a nearly 40-year exile in England, is one of those rare people who make the divisions in jazz between swing and free rhythm seem academic. On “Sibanye (We Are One),” an album of improvised duets with the American pianist Marilyn Crispell, recorded live last year in Baltimore, he builds pressure with quiet control, through patterns that skip and shuffle and simmer. Compared with a lot of American free-jazz drummers, he can be a light touch, grooving quietly on a pattern for a long stretch, or making his climax areas full of pinpoint precision. It’s definitely made after a certain pattern – if the pianist Cecil Taylor and the drummer Andrew Cyrille hadn’t collaborated in the 1960s and ‘70s, this album might not exist – but these musicians have their own wise and settled characteristics, and this album has a long-form patience and power.
Ben Ratliff, New York Times, January 4, 2009,


released January 1, 2009

Marilyn Crispell: Piano
Louis Moholo-Moholo: Drums

All compositions by Marilyn Crispell (Crispell Publishing/BMI) and
Louis Moholo-Moholo. Recorded June 30, 07 by Glen Deskin at An die Musik Live, Baltimore, MD, US. Concert produced by Bernard Lyons ( Live recording produced by Bernard Lyons and Bill Shoemaker. Cover art and graphic design: Jonas Schoder. Photos: Francesca Pfeffer (Crispell), Richard Kaby (Moholo). Liner notes: Bill Shoemaker. Produced, copyright and published by Intakt Records, Patrik Landolt.


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