Louis Moholo-Moholo/Alexander Hawkins
'A classic in waiting' - John Eyles
Louis Moholo-Moholo - drums, percussion
Alexander Hawkins - piano
Musical fireworks are guaranteed from an intercontinental meeting between the intense piano improvisations of Alexander Hawkins and the extraordinary dynamic range of South African percussionist Louis Moholo-Moholo, who played a pivotal role in the influential community of South African exiles who transformed the evolution of British creative music from the ‘70s. Though representing two different generations of musician – the one, an established master and veteran of numerous seminal recordings and bands in the history of the music; the other, a member of a much younger generation, but whose audacious and far-reaching musical vision marks him as a major force in today’s scene – South African drummer Louis Moholo-Moholo and English pianist Alexander Hawkins have developed a special rapport over the past years.
Their duo captures an always-passionate mix of free jazz, South African melodies, Ellington and much else besides. The partnership as heard on the albumKeep Your Heart Straight – already hailed as a classic in waiting - is wonderfully translated to the stage with these live dates, and represents a special opportunity to see this brilliantly creative pairing in full flow.
“In the rich jazz history of an old lion making inspired new music with a young one, ‘Keep Your Heart Straight’ deserves a very prominent place on the podium.” - John Fordham, liner notes, Keep Your Heart Straight
“Hawkins doesn’t hold back, whether soloing with explosive power or extrapolating complex compositional structures from Moholo-Moholo’s rhythm metrics, he’s on imperious form. Moholo-Moholo meanwhile carries the rhythm like a burning coal and keeps it smouldering. Between the fireworks, however, Hawkins does find time for close communion with his senior partner, in ruminations of hymn-like solemnity.” -Tim Owen, Dalston Sound
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Keep Your Heart Straight (Ogun, 2012)
Louis Moholo-Moholo Quartet - 4 Blokes (Ogun, 2014)
Louis Moholo-Moholo Unit - For The Blue Notes (Ogun, 2014)