The Chris McGregor Group ‎– Very Urgent

Soundvision (4) ‎– Soundvision 03902
CD, Reissue

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1 Marie My Dear
Written-By – Pukwana*
2 Travelling Somewhere
Written-By – McGregor*
3 Hearts' Vibrations
Written-By – McGregor*
4 The Sounds Begin Again
Written-By – McGregor*
5 White Lies
Written-By – McGregor*
6 Don't Stir The Beehive
Written-By – Traditional



This 1968 reissue (originally released on Polydor) belongs with 60s and early-70s recordings by Tony Oxley, Keith Tippett and the Spontaneous Music Ensemble: uncompromising jazz-improv from little-known UK artists on a major, pop-oriented label - an inconceivable notion now. Exiled South African pianist Chris McGregor's musicians were a volcanic force on the British scene. In its unrelenting collective intensity, this set might surprise a few John Zorn admirers in being this far out, this far back; in fact, the fiery South African ensemble was joining the raucous all-night dialogues of the townships shebeens to the American free-jazz of Cecil Taylor, Ornette Coleman and Albert Ayler. The luxuriously dirgey Marie My Dear is an Ellington-esque last-dance smooch, but with the late, great alto saxist Dudu Pukwana erupting like a hybrid of Ornette and Johnny Hodges. Hearts' Vibrations is Zorn-like in its bursts of collective wailing punctuated by dead stops, The Sounds Begin Again has a bebop line that hurtles off into free-playing through trumpeter Mongezi Feza's bubbling-lava phrases, and Don't Stir the Beehive (the richest and most dynamically varied track) is like a New Orleans funeral dirge that becomes a deranged dance, powered by Louis Moholo's dramatic drumming. This was a world-class free-band, and it's great to have the evidence back.

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  • Barcode: 5399543039024

Other Versions (4 of 4) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
184 137 The Chris McGregor Group Very Urgent(LP, Album) Polydor 184 137 UK 1968 Sell This Version
184 137 The Chris McGregor Group Very Urgent(LP, Album) Polydor 184 137 Germany Unknown Sell This Version
FLED 3059 The Chris McGregor Group Very Urgent(CD, Album, RE, RM) Fledg'ling Records FLED 3059 UK 2008 Sell This Version
03511 The Chris McGregor Group Very Urgent(LP, Album, Ltd, RE) Soundvision (4) 03511 Europe 2013 Sell This Version