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Playlist of Louis Moholo

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  • BIMHUIS TV | Louis Moholo Moholo 5 Blokes | Part 1

    49:15

    Jason Yarde soprano & alto saxophone, Shabaka Hutchings tenor sax/flute, Alexander Hawkins piano, John Edwards doublebass, Louis Moholo-Moholo drums

    One of the great jazz drummers, praised for his free style and unmistakable drive. ‘The great South African drummer’s fires still burn brightly’ (The Guardian).


    Louis Moholo-Moholo is one of the great drummers of jazz, a pioneer of free improvisation with an unmistakable drive and a uniquely distinctive style. In 2005 he returned to his native South Africa, after living in London for decades. In Five Blokes he plays with rising stars of new British jazz including saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings (Sons of Kemet, The Comet is Coming) and pianist Alexander Hawkins, who previously collaborated with Mulatu Astatke and Joe McPhee.

    Louis Moholo (the doubling of his last name followed later) made the scene in Europe after he moved to London in 1964 with the legendary Blue Notes. This band gave a new impulse to jazz and improvised music with influences of catchy songs from the South-African townships. Moholo has performed at the Bimhuis many times in the past, for example with Amsterdam players such as Sean Bergin and the ICP musicians.

    ‘It’s impossible to replicate the intensity and near overwhelming beauty of seeing the band live’ (The Quietus).

    BIMHUIS | September 5th 2019

  • You aint gonna know me cos you think you know me - Louis Moholo

    7:24

    Written in memory of trumpet player Mongezi Feza. From the album Spirits Rejoice! 1978 (Ogun).

    Louis Moholo - drums
    Harry Miller - bass
    Johnny Dyani - bass
    Nick Evans - trombone
    Radu Malfatti - trombone
    Evan Parker - tenor sax
    Keith Tippet - piano
    Kenny Wheeler - trumpet

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  • Louis Moholo Moholo´s Six Blokes @ Church of Sound, London, Set 1

    42:07

    First Set

    Louis Moholo Moholo : Drums
    Jason Yarde : Sax
    John Edwards : Bass
    Alexander Hawkins : Piano
    Steve Williamson : Sax
    Byron Wallen : Trumpet

    Church of Sound, St. James The Great
    188 Lower Clapton Road, Hackney-Clapton, London
    September 1st, 2019

    © All images and music are copyrighted to their respective owners.
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    If one of the copyright owners whereabouts this abuse or somehow offensive, please contact me and I delete the video soon.

  • LOUiS MOHOLO-MOHOLOs FiVE BLOKES :: Dikeledi Tsa Phelo + Do It

    13:15

    Composed by Pule Pheto + Chris McGregor

    JASON YARDE + SHABAKKA HUTCHiNGS, saxophones
    ALEXANDER HAWKiNS, piano
    JOHN EDWARDS, bass
    LOUiS MOHOLO-MOHOLO, drums

    Recorded April 14th 2o17 Live at Cafe Oto, London by Shaun Crook

    From the album Uplift the People

    (p)+(c) 2o18 Ogun Recording Limited (OGCD 047)

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  • Louis Moholo - Amaxesha Osizi

    11:16

    Amaxesha Osizi (Times of Sorrow) by Louis Moholo, from the 1978 album Spirits Rejoice

  • Louis Moholo Moholo Septet Sonke

    5:45

    Louis Moholo-Moholo- drums; Francine Luce- voice; Jason Yarde- alto, soprano saxophone; Toby Delius- tenor saxophone; Claude Deppa- trumpet; Pule Pheto- piano; Roberto Bellatalla- bass.
    Recoded 1995.

    Bra Louis - Bra Tebs (Ogun, 2005)

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  • Louis Moholo-Moholo/ Dudu Pukwana/ Johnny Dyani/ Rev. Frank Wright ‎– Spiritual Knowledge And Grace

    1:8:58

    Dudu Pukwana - alto saxophone, piano, whistle, voice
    Rev. Frank Wright - tenor saxophone, double bass, voice
    Johnny Dyani - double bass, piano, voice
    Louis Moholo - drums, voice

    1 Ancient Spirit - 00:00
    2 Contemporary Fire - 32:02

    All compositions by Dyani, Moholo, Pukwana, Wright.
    Recorded live on June 22, 1979 at Jazzclub De Markt, Eindhoven, Netherlands.
    Ogun - 2004.
    (Full album).

  • Irene Schweizer & Louis Moholo - Free Mandela!

    6:07

    Irene Schweizer & Louis Moholo
    1987

  • Louis Moholo-Moholos Five Blokes ft Shabaka Hutchings, Cafe Oto London 30.08.19

    12:40

    Louis Moholo-Moholo's Five Blokes ft Shabaka Hutchings
    Cafe Oto London 30.08.2019
    Louis Moholo-Moholo
    Shabaka Hutchings
    Jason Yarde
    John Edwards
    Alex Hawkins

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  • Louis Moholo Octet - Wedding Hymn

    11:19

  • Leicester Jazz House Presents... Louis Moholo

    7:00

    Leicester Jazz House TV Interviewed Louis Moholo at the Embrace Arts in Leicester after his fantastic duo performance with Alexander Hawkins.
    18/10/2013

  • Louis Moholo recalls

    14:43

    Louis Moholo from The Blue Notes and Exiled Voices
    with extracts of Viva la Black and Brotherhood of Breath

  • Louis Moholo & Chris Mc Gregor & The Blue Notes in Europe

    1:47

    ANTIBES JAZZ FESTIVAL, FRANCE
    July 1964
    First appearance of the Blue Notes in Europe
    Chris McGregor - piano, leader; Dudu Pukwana - alto saxophone; Nick Moyake - tenor saxophone; Mongezi Feza - trumpet; Louis Moholo - drums; Johnny Dyani - bass
    Nick Mokaye returns to South Africa where sadly he soon dies.

  • Cecil Taylor & Louis Moholo ‎– Remembrance

    1:3:27

    Cecil Taylor - piano
    Louis Moholo - drums

    1 Remembrance - 00:00
    2 The Great Bear - 40:29
    3 Stone - 1:01:50

    All music by Cecil Taylor & Louis Moholo except Stone by Cecil Taylor.
    Recorded live during IMPROVISED MUSIC II/88 on July 3, 1988, at the Kongresshalle in Berlin.
    FMP - 1989.

  • Louis Moholo Octet ‎–You Aint Gonna Know Me Cos You Think You Know Me

    7:20

    Louis Moholo Octet ‎–You Ain't Gonna Know Me 'Cos You Think You Know Me

    From Spirits Rejoice!

    Label: Ogun ‎– OG 520
    Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
    Country: UK
    Released: 1978

    Bass – Harry Miller, Johnny Dyani
    Drums, Arranged By – Louis Moholo
    Engineer [Recording] – Roger T. Wake*
    Liner Notes – Steve Lake (2)
    Photography By [Back Cover] – George Hallett
    Photography By [Front Cover] – Andreas Raggenbass
    Piano – Keith Tippett
    Producer – Ron Barron
    Tenor Saxophone – Evan Parker
    Trombone – Radu Malfatti
    Trombone, Arranged By – Nick Evans
    Trumpet – Kenny Wheeler

    Copyright (c) – Ogun Recording Ltd.
    Published By – Ogun Publishing Co.
    Published By – Burlington Music
    Recorded At – Redan Recorders
    Pressed By – Sound Manufacturing – Δ 2623

  • Louis Moholo Moholo Quintet @ the Vortex 17.03.11

    5:16

    Louis Moholo Moholo Quintet @ the Vortex 17.03.11
    Louis Moholo Moholo (Drums) Paul Dunmall (saxophone), Alan Tomlinson (trombone), Alexander Hawkins (piano) and Olie Brice (bass)

  • Louis Moholo-Moholo 4 Blokes - Dikeledi Tsa Phelo

    2:49

    Padova, Centro d’Arte, 10 Settembre 2019

  • Louis Moholo - Larry Stabbins - Keith Tippett – TERN

    1:14:06

    SAJ Music 1983 (CD Version)
    Recorded live at Total Music Meeting, Berlin, on 3 & 5 November 1982

    Tracklist:
    1 Tern (First Part) 00:00
    2 Tern (Second Part) 21:52
    3 Mania/Dance 46:24
    4 The Greatest Service 1:05:27

    Larry Stabbins (ss, ts)
    Keith Tippett (p)
    Louis Moholo (dr)

  • LOUiS MOHOLO OCTET :: Ithi Gqi

    8:11

    KENNY WHEELER - trumpet, RADU MALFATTI & NiCK EVANS - trombones, EVAN PARKER - tenor sax, KEiTH TiPPETT - piano, HARRY MiLLER & JOHNNY DYANi - double bass, LOUiS MOHOLO - drums.

    Composed by Johnny Dyani.

    Recorded 24 January 1978 at Redan Recorders, London.

    From the album Spirits Rejoice (Ogun Recordings 1978)

  • PASS presents: Born to be Black

    16:25

    Stories about Music in Africa

    Tune Recreation Committee (TRC), a rotating assembly of Cape Town-based musicians arranged by Mandla Mlangeni, are joined by Louis Moholo and Andile Yenana for a free jazz performance at MoholoLiveHouse in Harare, Khayelitsha.

    Recorded live and direct at MoholoLiveHouse, 2015.

    For more, tune in to: and visit

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  • Louis Moholo-Moholo quintet ft. Shabaka Hutchings at Cafe Oto, London 14.04.2017

    7:56

    Louis Moholo-Moholo quintet feat. Shabaka Hutchings at Cafe Oto, London 14.04.2017
    Louis Moholo-Moholo - drums
    Shabaka Hurchings - saxophone
    Jason Yarde - saxophone
    Alexander Hawkings - piano
    John Edwards - bass

  • BIMHUIS TV | Louis Moholo Moholo 5 Blokes | Part 2

    48:00

    Jason Yarde soprano & alto saxophone, Shabaka Hutchings tenor sax/flute, Alexander Hawkins piano, John Edwards doublebass, Louis Moholo-Moholo drums

    One of the great jazz drummers, praised for his free style and unmistakable drive. ‘The great South African drummer’s fires still burn brightly’ (The Guardian).


    Louis Moholo-Moholo is one of the great drummers of jazz, a pioneer of free improvisation with an unmistakable drive and a uniquely distinctive style. In 2005 he returned to his native South Africa, after living in London for decades. In Five Blokes he plays with rising stars of new British jazz including saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings (Sons of Kemet, The Comet is Coming) and pianist Alexander Hawkins, who previously collaborated with Mulatu Astatke and Joe McPhee.

    Louis Moholo (the doubling of his last name followed later) made the scene in Europe after he moved to London in 1964 with the legendary Blue Notes. This band gave a new impulse to jazz and improvised music with influences of catchy songs from the South-African townships. Moholo has performed at the Bimhuis many times in the past, for example with Amsterdam players such as Sean Bergin and the ICP musicians.

    ‘It’s impossible to replicate the intensity and near overwhelming beauty of seeing the band live’ (The Quietus).

    BIMHUIS | September 5th 2019

  • Louis Moholo - Youn Aint Gonna Know Me Cos You Think You Know Me

    7:26

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  • Louis Moholo - 4 Blokes & 1 Doll in Cape Town International Jazz Festival 2013

    3:15

  • Louis Moholo Moholo´s Six Blokes @ Church of Sound, London, Set 2

    43:39

    Second Set

    Louis Moholo Moholo : Drums
    Jason Yarde : Sax
    John Edwards : Bass
    Alexander Hawkins : Piano
    Steve Williamson : Sax
    Byron Wallen : Trumpet

    Church of Sound, St. James The Great
    188 Lower Clapton Road, Hackney-Clapton, London
    September 1st, 2019

    © All images and music are copyrighted to their respective owners.
    This video is for entertainment only, non profit.
    This video is intended to promote a beautiful piece of music and the art of photography or filming. It has no commercial purpose. Music and images belong to their respective owners. Absolutely no copyright infringement.
    If one of the copyright owners whereabouts this abuse or somehow offensive, please contact me and I delete the video soon.

  • louis moholo / shabaka hutchings / kyle shepherd / brydon bolton pt 1

    43:18

    live at straight no chaser, cape town - 15-01-16

  • LOUiS MOHOLO-MOHOLO UNiT :: Ismite Is Might

    7:20

    LOUiS MOHOLO-MOHOLO - drums
    ALEXANDER HAWKiNS - piano
    JOHN EDWARDS - bass
    JASON YARDE - soprano & alto sax
    NTSHUKS BONGA - soprano & alto sax
    HENRY LOWTHER - trumpet
    ALAN TOMLiNSON - trombone
    FRANCiNE LUCE - voice

    Composed by Chris McGregor

    Recorded live at the Theatre Manzoni in Milan, Italy, on 4 March 2012

    From the album For The Blue Notes (Ogun 2014)

  • Wadada Leo Smith & Louis Moholo-Moholo ‎– Ancestors

    1:29

    Wadada Leo Smith - trumpet, percussion
    Louis Moholo-Moholo - drums, percussion, voice

    1 Moholo-Moholo / Golden Spirit - (Wadada Leo Smith) - 00:00
    2 No Name In The Street, James Baldwin - (Wadada Leo Smith) - 8:59
    3 Jackson Pollock - Action - (Louis Moholo-Moholo, Wadada Leo Smith) - 17:28
    4 Siholaro - (Louis Moholo-Moholo) - 26:48
    5 Ancestors - (Louis Moholo-Moholo, Wadada Leo Smith)
    5.1 Part 1 - 34:55
    5.2 Part 2 - 38:15
    5.3 Part 3 - 48:12
    5.4 Part 4 - 53:38
    5.5 Part 5 - 57:38

    Recorded on February 6, 2011 at Master Recording, Espoo, Finland.
    TUM Records - 2012.

  • Alexander Hawkins and Louis Moholo-Moholo. Sunday 7th April, 2013

    1:8:36

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    From the Gateshead International Jazz Festival, The Sage, Gateshead, Sunday 7th April 2013. Free improvisation from Alex Hawkins and Louis Moholo Moholo

  • Keith Tippett - Julie Tippetts - Louis Moholo & Minafric Orchestra Viva La Black

    5:35

    Keith Tippett, Julie Tippetts, Louis Moholo & Minafric Orchestra (Pino MInafra, Carlo Actis Dato, Luca Calabrese, Beppe Caruso, Livio Minafra, Giovanni Maier, Valentina Casula, Sandro Satta, Roberto Ottaviano etc.) Viva La Black - 2nd September 2008 at Sant'Anna Arresi Festival (Sardegna).

    Mra by Dudu Pukwana

  • The Louis Moholo-Moholo Legacy Project

    9:47

    ishuu! is a series of live music documents geared towards experimental music outfits from global Africa. Recorded live at St Peter's Church in Mowbray, Cape Town around October 2016, this instalment features Bra Louis alongside a massive intergenerational ensemble: Jo Kunnuji, Keenan Ahrends, Shakeel Cullis, Niklas Zimmer, UCT/SACM student players, The Delft Big Band, and a troop of school-goers from Groote Schuur High.

  • Louis Moholo’s ‘Spirits Rejoice’ Live 1999

    21:40

    ‘Y’ THEATRE, LECEISTER, ENGLAND
    30th September 1999

    A Song - Usaka (Tippett)

    Louis Moholo’s ‘Spirits Rejoice’

    Louis Moholo - drums
    Evan Parker, Jason Yarde - saxes
    Kenny Wheeler - trumpet
    Paul Rutherford - trombone
    Keith Tippett - piano
    Paul Rogers - bass

  • Louis Moholo-Moholo Octet Khanya Apho Ukhona

    7:51

    Louis Moholo-Moholo- drums; Evan Parker- tenor saxophone; Kenny Wheeler- trumpet; Nick Evans- trombone; Radu Malfatti- trombone; Keith Tippett- piano; Johnny Dyani- bass; Harry Miller- bass.
    Spirits Rejoice! (Ogun, 1978)

  • LOUIS MOHOLO Afican Drum ensemble part 1/5

    13:59

    Louis Moholo African Drum Ensemble at the Camden Jazz Festival 28 October 1981 - Roundhouse, London

    Louis Tebugo Moholo
    Nii Moi (Speedy) Aquaye
    Julian Sebothane Bahula
    Nana Tsiboe
    Jimmy Scott
    Mamadi Kamara
    Thebe Lipere
    Gasper Lawal

  • LOUiS MOHOLO-MOHOLO QUARTET :: 4 Blokes

    10:59

    LOUIS MOHOLO-MOHOLO - drums
    JASON YARDE - alto & soprano saxes
    ALEXANDER HAWKiNS - piano
    JOHN EDWARDS - double bass

    From the album 4 Blokes

    (c) 2014 Ogun Recordings Limited

  • LOUiS MOHOLO-MOHOLO QUARTET :: Yes Baby, No Baby

    3:03

    LOUIS MOHOLO-MOHOLO - drums
    JASON YARDE - saxes
    ALEXANDER HAWKiNS - piano
    JOHN EDWARDS - double bass

    The album 4 Blokes

    (c) 2014 Ogun Recordings Limited

  • Louis Moholo Moholo and John Russell

    3:05

    Legendary Drummer Louis Moholo Moholo in an improvised duet with Guitarist John Russell at The Red Rose Club, London 2007

  • Ensemble Elettrofoscari - Louis Moholo, You aint gonna know me

    6:51

    Louis Moholo - You ain't gonna know me 'cause you think you know me.

    Ensemble Elettrofoscari

    Gianangelo Bolzonello-Tastiere
    Diletta Bibbò-Chitarra
    Raul Catalano-Batteria
    Jacopo Giacomoni-Sax Contralto
    Daniele Goldoni-Trombone / Flicorno
    Pierpaolo Pontarollo-Contrabbasso
    Carlo Siega-Chitarra
    Marco Spano-Tromba

    Chiara Arangino-Gestione Artistica

    Inaugurazione a.a. Università Ca' Foscari 2011-2012.
    Teatro Malibran, Venezia, 02-10-2011.

  • LOUIS MOHOLO Afican Drum ensemble part 2/5

    8:16

    Louis Moholo African Drum Ensemble at the Camden Jazz Festival 28 October 1981 - Roundhouse, London

    Louis Tebugo Moholo
    Nii Moi (Speedy) Aquaye
    Julian Sebothane Bahula
    Nana Tsiboe
    Jimmy Scott
    Mamadi Kamara
    Thebe Lipere
    Gasper Lawal

  • LOUIS MOHOLO-MOHOLO 5 BLOKeS Live in Garnwerd #1 ZJFT 2019

    6:44

    JASON YARDE ALTSAX, SOPRAANSAX
    TOBIAS DELIUS TENORSAX, KLARINET
    ALEXANDER HAWKINS PIANO
    JOHN EDWARDS CONTRABAS
    LOUIS MOHOLO-MOHOLO DRUMS
    Garnwerd Kerk, 31 augustus 2019
    Zomer Jazzfietstour 2019

  • Alexander Hawkins and and Louis Moholo-Moholo

    7:52

    Encore from last yeat's gig at Cheltenham's EXPOSED event, curated by Stuart Wilding

  • Louis Moholo and Canto General 5et live in Rome - 2007

    33:07

    Louis Moholo and Canto General 5et live in Rome - It
    Louis Tebugo Moholo-Moholo: drums
    Pino Minafra: trumpet, flugelhorn
    Roberto Ottaviano: soprano and alto sax
    Livio Minafra: keyboard
    Roberto Bellatalla: double bass

    Place: La Palma - Roma, 2007
    Video: Ass. Controindicazioni - Roma, Alessandro Carpentieri and Claudio Fusacchia

  • LOUIS MOHOLO Afican Drum Ensemble part 4/5

    10:06

    Louis Moholo African Drum Ensemble at the Camden Jazz Festival 28 October 1981 - Roundhouse, London

    Louis Tebugo Moholo
    Nii Moi (Speedy) Aquaye
    Julian Sebothane Bahula
    Nana Tsiboe
    Jimmy Scott
    Mamadi Kamara
    Thebe Lipere
    Gasper Lawal

  • Louis Moholos 4blokes - Dikeledi Tsa Phelo

    8:11

    Louis Moholo: Drums
    Shabaka Hutchings: Tenor Saxophone
    Kyle Shepherd: Piano
    Brydon Bolton: Double Bass

    Performed at Straight No Chaser, Cape Town, South Africa, 16 January 2015.

  • Louis Moholo-Moholo @ London Jazz Fest 2010

    5:44

    Seven For Seventy:
    Louis Moholo-Moholo - Drums;
    Francine Luce - vocals;
    Jason Yarde - alto,soprano & baritone sax;
    Henry Lowther - trumpet & flugel horn;
    Ntshuks Bonga - alto & soprano sax;
    Alex Hawkins - piano and
    John Edwards - bass.

  • LOUIS MOHOLO Afican Drum Ensemble part 5/5

    7:52

    Louis Moholo African Drum Ensemble at the Camden Jazz Festival 28 October 1981 - Roundhouse, London.

    Louis Tebugo Moholo
    Nii Moi (Speedy) Aquaye
    Julian Sebothane Bahula
    Nana Tsiboe
    Jimmy Scott
    Mamadi Kamara
    Thebe Lipere
    Gasper Lawal

  • Louis Moholo, Keith Tippett, Larry Stabbins - Conservatorio Umberto Giordano Foggia

    1:19:55

    설명
    001. Louis Moholo, Keith Tippett, Larry Stabbins - [Conservatorio Umberto Giordano Foggia #01] Foggia 1 0:0:0
    002. Louis Moholo, Keith Tippett, Larry Stabbins - [Conservatorio Umberto Giordano Foggia #02] Foggia 2 45:18
    003. Louis Moholo, Keith Tippett, Larry Stabbins - [Conservatorio Umberto Giordano Foggia #03] Foggia 3 51:58
    004. Louis Moholo, Keith Tippett, Larry Stabbins - [Conservatorio Umberto Giordano Foggia #04] Foggia 4 52:19
    005. Louis Moholo, Keith Tippett, Larry Stabbins - [Conservatorio Umberto Giordano Foggia #05] Foggia 5 72:53

    001. Louis Moholo, Keith Tippett, Larry Stabbins - [Conservatorio Umberto Giordano Foggia #01] Foggia 1 45:18
    002. Louis Moholo, Keith Tippett, Larry Stabbins - [Conservatorio Umberto Giordano Foggia #02] Foggia 2 6:40
    003. Louis Moholo, Keith Tippett, Larry Stabbins - [Conservatorio Umberto Giordano Foggia #03] Foggia 3 0:21
    004. Louis Moholo, Keith Tippett, Larry Stabbins - [Conservatorio Umberto Giordano Foggia #04] Foggia 4 20:34
    005. Louis Moholo, Keith Tippett, Larry Stabbins - [Conservatorio Umberto Giordano Foggia #05] Foggia 5 7:4

  • LOUiS MOHOLO MOHOLO & MERVYN AFRiCA :: Spirit of the Wind into Gazilam

    13:47

    From the album LOUiS MOHOLO-MOHOLO meets MERVYN AFRiCA, PULE PHETO & KEiTH TiPPETT - Mpumi (Ogun 2oo2).

    LOUiS MOHOLO-MOHOLO - drums
    MERVYN AFRiCA - piano

  • Dennis Gonzalez Yells at Eels featuring Louis Moholo-Moholo and Tim Green- Cape of Storms part 1

    6:12

    Yells at Eels featuring legendary South African free jazz drummer, Louis Moholo-Moholo and New Orleans tenor saxophonist, Tim Green. This songs was recorded live in New Orleans, LA at the venue Zeitgeist during the Endymion Mardi Gras parade, February 13th(Valentines Day), 2010.

  • Louis Moholo-Moholo Quartet + Shabaka Hutchings - You aint gonna know me cos you think you know me

    9:08

    You ain't gonna know me 'cos you think you know me + intro, live at Cafe Oto, London, January 7, 2015.
    Louis Moholo-Moholo: drums
    Jason Yarde: baritone & alto saxophone
    John Edwards: double bass
    Alexander Hawkins: piano
    Shabaka Hutchings: bass clarinet & soprano saxophone

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