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Various Featuring The Jazz Epistles - Jazz In Africa - Volume One album mp3
Jazz In Africa - Volume One
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3. Twelve Times Twelve. 4. Uka-Jonga Phambili. Frank Eyton, Johnny Green, Edward Heyman, Robert Sour. 6. Scullery Department. 9. Lover, Come Back to Me. Oscar Hammerstein II, Sigmund Romberg

South African jazz is the jazz of South Africa. The jazz scene in South Africa grew much as it did in the United States. Through performances in nightclubs, dances, and other venues, musicians had the opportunity to play music often. Musicians such as singer Sathima Bea Benjamin learned by going to nightclubs and jam sessions and waiting for opportunities to offer their talents

Jazz Epistles, Verse 1. Though it may have been short-lived, the Jazz Epistles were a South African Jazz supergroup if ever there were one. Both a young Hugh Masekela and a young Dollar Brand (later Abdullah Ibrahim) served in the group, alongside trombonist Jonas Gwangwa, bassist Johnny Gertze, and drummer Makhaya Ntshoko. At the center and heart of it, though, is altoist Kippie Moeketsi, the godfather of South Africa’s modern Jazz scene, and the mentor to many of these artists. His solos on this album of original works, particularly Scullery Department, rank among some of the greatest put.

This compilation brings together many of the tracks of the first three albums recorded by Black musicians in South Africa. That makes it an invaluable historic collection. But just as important, it is great music that stands the test of time. Abdullah Ibrahim and Hugh Masekela are the best know names internationally, but each player is world class

The compilation Jazz In Africa Volume One issued by UK-based South African music specialists Kaz Records in 1992 (and subsequently reissued by Camden/BMG six years later), featured tracks from the Jazz Epistles album plus other Epistles related material. It showed a group of musicians who were obviously in love with the American modern jazz of artists such as Thelonious Monk, Charlie Bird Parker and John Coltrane, but also beginning to forge a more distinctively South African sound which they would develop as individual artists over the coming decades.

The story of The Jazz Epistles may be deeply engraved in South African cultural history, and perhaps even celebrated throughout the African continent, but for whatever reason this music and narrative never made it to the United States, even among the jazz intelligentsia. This story hasn't been told because it's a hidden history," says Dr. Sazi Dlamini, an ethnomusicologist at the University of Kwazulu-Natal.

Jazz Epistles Verse One - a Classic South. Classic Jazz from South Africa By Tony McGregor July 2008 On 22 January 1960 six of the top jazz musicians in South Africa went into the Gallo Studio in Johannesburg and recorded one of the truly great South African jazz albums: Jazz Epistle Verse 1. It was an unprecendented album in South African jazz history. This group came to have an extensive following after playing at various venues around the country. And where the Jazz In Africa group had played mostly standards with a sprinkling of South African material, the Jazz Epistles included no standards on their album. All the songs were composed by members of the band, four by Moeketsi, three by Ibrahim and one by Masekela. 2 The Sharpeville massacre.

BAM and World Music Institute present The Jazz Epistles Featuring Abdullah Ibrahim & Ekaya With special guests Kenyatta Beasley (Apr 18) Ravi Coltrane & Freddie Hendrix (Apr 19). Superstar pianist Abdullah Ibrahim, a revered figure in jazz for over six decades, comes to BAM for two nights only to commemorate South Africa’s greatest bebop band of all time (NPR)

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1 Delilah
Written-By – Victor Young
2 Yardbird Suite
Written-By – Charlie Parker
3 Twelve Times Twelve
Arranged By – Davashe*Written-By – Traditional
4 Uka-Jonga Phambili
Written-By – Dollar Brand
5 Body & Soul
Written-By – Heyman*, Eyton*, Green*, Sour*
6 Scullery Department
Written-By – Kippie Moeketsi
7 Dollars Moods
Written-By – Hugh Masekela
8 Blues For Hughie
Written-By – Kippie Moeketsi
9 Lover Come Back To Me
Written-By – Hammerstein*, Romberg*
10 Vary-oo-vum
Written-By – Dollar Brand
11 Carols Drive
Written-By – Kippie Moeketsi
12 Gafsa
Written-By – Dollar Brand
13 Old Devil Moon
Written-By – Lane*, Harburg*
14 Cosmic Ray
Written-By – Traditional


  • Alto Saxophone – Kippie Moeketsi
  • Bass – Claude Shange
  • Drums – Gene Latimore
  • Flute [Pennywhistle] – Ray Shange (tracks: 14)
  • Painting – Tony Hudson
  • Piano – Abdullah Ibrahim (tracks: 4,6 to 8,10 to 12), Christopher Joseph (tracks: 1), John Mehegan (tracks: 1 to 3,5,9,13,14)
  • Remastered By – Richard Austen, Steve Rooke
  • Sleeve Notes – Donald McRae
  • Trombone – Jonas Gwangwa
  • Trumpet – Hugh Masekela

Other versions

Category Artist Title (Format) Label Category Country Year
KAZ CD 24 The Jazz Epistles Jazz In Africa - Volume One ‎(CD, Comp) Kaz Records KAZ CD 24 UK 1992