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Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Bheki Mseleku

When Russell, that jovial bringer of bad tidings, told me of the death of Bheki Mseleku back in September I had to admit I'd never heard of him although I did vow to find out more about him.
Like most resolutions this one fell by the wayside and I forgot all about Bheki - until today.
Today I went into my local charity shop and hit lucky.
The shop was full of gems - Lou Donaldson, "The Scorpion"; Coltrane, "Blue Trane"; some late 30's Ellington: Andy Hamilton, "Jamaica By Night"; Miles, "Kind Of Blue" and "The Beauty of Sunrise" by Bheki Mseleku. All at £1.99 so, with the exception of Miles which I already had, I purchased the lot and I have to say Bheki Mseleku lost nothing by comparision.
With Ravi Coltrane, Elvin Jones, James Spaulding and others amongst the personel it held me from bar one of track one, "Violet Flame", to the end of the final track which is also the title track and is very worthy of the name - "The Beauty of Sunrise".
This was a discovery well worth waiting for.
Listen to "Adored Value".
Lance

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