Monday, 8 October 2012

Elite Swingsters - Watch Your Step (1980)



There is an abundance of information on the web to provide context for The Elite Swingsters - one of the foundation South African jazz bands that released their first LP back in 1958 (see flat international for details).  Steve Gordon's music.org.za has a full and detailed biography. The Watch Your Step album appeared in 1980 soon after which the band receded from public view until a turn of events in the late 1980s led to the recordings Woza (1990) and A Call for Peace (1993).    

The Elite Swingsters - Watch Your Step (1980, Sonor, SHZ786001)
1. Bread and Butter
2. Easy Does It
3. Watch Your Step
4. Blues for Buggs
5. Twelve Minute Jam
Producer: Paul Rametsi

And from the liner notes with a nod to the political pressure of the time: "There is no instrument to measure talent and potential. An artist can't be a prisoner of himself, nor of style, nor of reputation. He has to be free. Listen and see how free the Elite Swingsters are and how free they make you feel!"


ENJOY! MF / RS

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