Rejoice indeed! Now having recent criticisms of being “too jazzy” revoked (surely better than behaving TOO PUNKY or TOO PROGGY!?) as this titan of the late 70s is unleashed back into the world.
One of the studio assistants seemingly git weary, left some valves wide, wide open and flooded the Ogun studios with swirling, osmotic SOUL, baby! Yeah it’s a bit of a cut and paste cop-out dropping the “s” bomb when swimming in a session that is this deep, but the English language practically buckles under the weight and rhapsodic radiance of Louis Moholo and the SERIOUS company he keeps on “Spirits Rejoice!”.
Not fact checked (why?) but perhaps an obvious nod to Albert Ayler in the title, the mystic tenor’s vibrations feeling very much celebrated alongside the immeasurable dosage of, well, ALL the feelings as played and conducted by this horde of international masters. Moholo’s countrymen, Johnny Dyani and Harry Miller accompany him on bass duties and lay down a tough, elastic framework for Evan Parker and Kenny Wheeler’s shiny beasts to enter all realms earthly before, in the closing moments of the LP, on tracks “Amaxesha Osizi “and “Wedding Hymn”, subsiding entirely to observe Moholo’s hurricane drumming be led up an otherwise unscalable astral ladder by Keith Tippet’s glistening piano handscapes.
So, so special. The whole thing. The folks at Cafe Oto have pressed up a generous 1000 copies, which will no doubt go in no time at all. They also have Moholo and his blokes playing tomorrow and Friday night - please, HEAL ME!