Sad Afrika

Loose Tubes

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Jazz, Big Band
Lost Marble
May 14, 2012

Format: Compact Disc



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'Säd Afrika' is the sequel to Loose Tubes' acclaimed 'Dancing on Frith Street', Jazzwise's reissue / archive album of the year 2010, and delivers more tonal delights from the bands' valedictory residency in September 1990 at Soho's feted jazz institution, Ronnie Scott's. The album features seven tracks, including Eddie Parker's previously unrecorded 'Exeter, King of Cities' and is appearing here for the first time in any format.

One of the most intriguing ensembles to arrive on the British jazz scene in the 80s, Loose Tubes created music whose cultural centre freewheeled with the imagination of its cohorts. The unremitting carnival ambiance that pervades this recording could thus have as much European gypsy as Afro-Brazilian samba resonances.

They were a formidable live group whose affiliates included a London-based Canadian (bass trombonist and M.C Ashley Slater), a son of Lesotho (percussionist Thebi Lipere), a Welsh Buddhist (clarinettist Dai Pritchard), plus a gaggle of Englishmen with ideas as colourful as their mix and un-match outfits, who all went on to become the Who's Who of the British Jazz scene, including Django Bates, Iain Ballamy and John Parricell.

Personnel: Eddie Parker (flutes), Dai Pritchard (clarinets), Steve Buckley, Iain Ballamy, Mark Lockheart, Julian Nicholas, Ken Stubbs (saxophones), Lance Kelly, Chris Batchelor, Ted Emmett, Paul Edmonds, Noel Langley (trumpets), John Harborne, Steve Day, Paul Taylor, Richard Pywell, Ashley Slater (trombones), Dave Powell (tuba), Django Bates (keyboards), John Parricelli (guitar), Steve Watts (bass), Martin France (drums), Thebi Lipere (percussion)

Press Quotes

(4 stars) Sad Afrika brilliantly captures the exuberance, mayhem and general hilarity that attended the band's performances.

The Irish Times, (Cormac Larkin), May 18, 2012

(4 stars) Bates' title track delivers the Tubes irrepressible essence within the first five minutes...It's just as good as Dancing on Frith Street; maybe better.

The Guardian, (John Fordham), May 11, 2012

(4 stars) The tunes are like ebullient old friends, from the tin whistles of the title track to the swagger of Sweet Williams.

The Times, (John Bungey), May 12, 2012

(4 stars) The music captures the wide-ranging eclecticism, zany sense of humour and high quality playing that became their trademarks.

The Scotsman, (Kenny Mathieson), May 28, 2012

This recaptures the farewell show of that deliciously organised's not the cheeky, unruly side that comes over most strongly now, though. It's the rich profusion of sounds and ideas.

The Observer, (Dave Gelly), May 20, 2012

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Key Value
Catalogue number LM006
Barcode 0873371000623
Number of items 1
Packaging type Digipak
Imported No
Weight 70g
Dimensions (LxWxH) 140mm x 7mm x 125mm

Disc 1

Track Listing — Disc 1

Song Title Time
1. Säd Afrika 05:39
2. Exeter, King of Cities 06:15
3. Sunny 06:00
4. Mo Mhúirnín Bán 04:32
5. Delightful Precipice 06:39
6. Sosbun Brakk 06:34
7. Sweet Williams 12:12