Following their European debut at the Antibes Jazz Festival in July 1964, the Blue Notes took up club residencies in Geneva and Zurich, before heading for London in April 1965.
The ever intrepid Ian Bruce Huntley made the recording we share here today straight off a radio broadcast. The date of the original recording is not known, but it was probably in the early part of 1965, after Nick Moyake had returned to South Africa, and just ahead of their residency at Ronnie Scott’s Club in London.
In trying to understand why the band was called the Chris Mcgregor Quintet in this recording – when four of the seven compositions are from the pen of Dudu Pukwana – I came across an interview that jazz journalist Olivier Ledure did with Louis Moholo-Moholo in 2010, originally published in the French magazine ImproJazz. In referring to Chris McGregor, Moholo-Moholo says the following:
|The quintet: Zurich 1964/5|
Chris McGregor could identify with these people, so we could get gigs through Chris. He was such a big composer as well, I rate him to be like Duke Ellington, to be Count Basie.”
The Youtube clip below has excerpts of the Blue Notes playing at the Antibes Jazz Festival in 1964
Chris McGregor Quintet
Recorded live at the Blue Note Jazz Club, Geneva.
1. Vortex Special – Chris McGregor
2. Monk’s Blues – Dudu Pukwana
3. Blessing Light – Dudu Pukwana
4. Like You did Yesterday – Dudu Pukwana
5. Monde – Chris McGregor
6. Teb’s Delight – Dudu Pukwana
7. Now – Chris McGregor