18 August 2007


Julian Priester (Pepe Mtoto) for ECM from 1974.
Keeping the Bayete connection going this slab of bass driven fusion features Bayete Umbra Zindiko on keyboards along with Patrick Gleeson and it's a killer !
Heres a great review from Colin Buttimer at BBC Jazz Review:
Let's not beat about the bush. Love, Love is a monster of an album. Despite its age (30+ years), it's a must for anybody interested in living, breathing, unexpected music. Julian Priester was an alumnus of Blue Note, Sun Ra and most importantly for this record, of Herbie Hancock's revolutionary Mwandishi group which recorded only three albums in its all too brief lifetime.
Each of those Mwandishi albums was a brilliant melding of the cosmic and earthy, extemporisation and groove. Love, Love was recorded after Hancock dissolved his sextet in order to explore an avowedly populist angle with the hugely successful Headhunters. Together with trumpeter Eddie Henderson's two post-Mwandishi albums, Realization and Inside Out, Love, Love represents one of the late masterpieces of a style later christened "Kozmigroov".
Although comprising two lengthy slabs of music clearly intended to be heard as a suite, it's side one (as it was in the days of vinyl) that grabs the listener by the lapels and proceeds to groove remorselessly for a full nineteen minutes. Love, Love however is no feelgood piece of happy-go-lucky frippery. Rather, its relentless bass vamp is likely to plough a deep furrow through your consciousness. Spine tingling shaken percussion presages the arrival ofNyimbo Henry Franklin and Ron McClure's basses which well up and sweep forward, singularly intent upon adhering like superglue to the groove.
For the next 18 minutes, a host of players appear and disappear like spacecraft attacking offworld teflon-coated targets. synthesist Pat Gleeson, saxophonist Hadley Caliman, guitarist Bill Connors and drummers Eric Gravatt and Leon Chancler are among a host of star contributors. As hypnotically repetitive as Donna Summer and Giorgio Moroder's "I Feel Love", as deep as Parliafunkadelic or Miles Davis's Dark Magus band on their darkest days, it's also difficult to resist associating the title track with the deliberate hypnosis of longform techno.
Side two, "Images/Eternal Worlds/Epilogue" is an ambitious medley that sucks cataclysm, spookiness and melody into close orbit. Less single-mindedly cohesive, it's still a stunning piece of electric jazz, a thrashing, roiling beast that serves to remind how brilliant this shortlived period of hothouse innovation was. It's taken ECM far too long toissue this on CD, but thank goodness they've finally done so.
Personnel: Julian Priester: trombones, baritone horn, post horn, whistle flute, cowbell, small percussion, ARP 2600 synthesizer, Proto-type ARP string synthesizer; Pat Gleeson: ARP 2600 synthesizer, ARP Odyssey synthesizer, Moog III, Oberheim digital sequencer; Hadley Caliman: flute, saxophones, bass clarinet; Bayete Umbra Zindinko: fender rhodes, piano, clavinet D-6; Nyimbo Henry Franklin: fender bass, acoustic bass on all except “Love, Love”; Ndugu Leon Chancler: drums on all except “Love, Love”; Mguanda David Johnson: flute, soprano saxophone on all except “Love, Love”; Kamau Eric Gravatt: drums, congas on “Love, Love”; Ron McClure: fender bass on “Love, Love”; Bill Connors: electric guitar on “Love, Love.”

Well ECM may have reissued it on cd but this rip is taken from the original vinyl @320 and comes very highly recommended !


E-Mile said...

plies, upload this 1, I thought JP
did record with Charles Mingus, or was that his dad?!
I've been checking out your blog for a couple a days & am ...well,
let's say thrilled in many, many ways! My ears also bu the way :-)
kind regards, Emile

micaus said...

To e-mile, same bloke, he also recorded with Sun Ra!

But this is part of the Mwandishi Herbie Hancock series of albums which also includes the great Eddie Henderson albums, "Inside Out" and "Realization" I have had this as a favourite since I bought it when it came out.

Also note, even though its an ECM album, Manfred Eicher did not produce it, very unususl at that time.

actuel said...

thank you, thank you, thank you. i've had this LP for a while but my copy isn't so good. it's nice to have a cleaner digital version.

mucho gracias bacaso!

E-Mile said...

dear micaus, did JP make some more of this???
heard it today, amazing, epic stuff!! especially the title track,
real groovy spaced out fusion...
bitches brew revisited, even "better" :-)
Strange but true, most of the time I don't care so much for ECM albums,
though this one is a VERY welcome exception to that..
Besides the Sun Ra stuff, anything else by him?
regards, e-mile

H.Jackson said...

This album is really extraordinary, even within the context of the all-incredible Mwandishi aggregation of records. A matter of taste, of course, but I think this is superior to most of those, including the Eddie Henderson Capricorn releases.

As deep, deep as Sextant (oddly, the most well-known of the bunch), but also very distinct.

To my knowledge, Julian Priester did not do another album like this (under his own name).

marco said...

I already knew a part of it from Four Tet's DJ Kicks. Really good to hear it in its entirety! Thx!!!

John said...

e-mile-Priester did another album somewhat like this called Polarization. The name of his group on that one was Marine Intrusion(!)It is similar in feel to Love,Love and opens with a short piece (lovely) where Priest plays a duet with himself. I downloaded it from the weirdo music site a couple of months ago. Worth seeking out.

John V.

E-Mile said...

dear John, thanx for your input...
what (other:-) "weidro" site you're referring to?
Seems like I have to hear that Polarization album too, from the group Marine Intrusion (?)
Any chance you can give me any...
regards, e-mile

John said...

e-mile- the weirdo site I was referring to is weirdomusic.com unfortunately I'm not sure if they archive their posts.The site I originally downloaded it from was The Dollar Bin (dollardigs.blogspot.com)where the link is on archive but appears to be dead now. Check out the site Subtle Perfection (subtleperfection.blogspot.com)where under the archive for April 8, 2007, they have a cut off the album "The Anatomy of Longing" that at least you can hear. I don't have the know how to upload stuff(!)yet so I'm afraid I can't be more help.

John V.

caldanitbrad said...

Always enjoyed Julian's work, but can't imagine him in such a setting, and on ECM no less. Again, thanks for ferreting out the unusual and then sharing with unusual generosity.

Simon666 said...

Here's a re-up of Bacoso's files :