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Songs For Mbizo
Chris Joris

This is an example of how you compose a CD and how you keep it interesting until the ultimate second.
Sim Simons

CHRIS JORIS – SONGS FOR MBIZO 

1) The White Side Of Black (*)
2) Rivers
3) Lullaby For Ephraïm (*)
4) Panontigri (Joris / Tidiane Fall)
Part 1: Morning
Part 2: Invitation
Part 3: Village Dance
5) Song For Mbizo part I
6) Blowin’ Your Bow To The Berimbob (Joris / Stewart)
7) Shaya Sebothane (*)
8) Berimbau
9) Dance Of The Mulatos
10) Monody In A Moonlit Night
11) Song For Mbizo part II (Joris / lyrics: David Linx)
12) November 30th

All compositions by Chris Joris except where indicated
Horn arrangements (5/9/12) by Frank Vaganée

The 1976 tapes (*)
Chris Joris: piano, percussion
Johnny Dyani: double bass
David Lee Schloss, Michel Mast: tenor sax
Julian Sebothane Bahula: African drums
Cheikh Tidiane Fall: congas, percussion
Frans Pelgrims: drums
recorded at HIFI HOME STUDIO, Brugge (Belgium), July 1976 by Ron Cottam

The 1991 tapes
Chris Joris: piano, percussion, berimbau, udu clay drums, flute
John Ruocco: tenor sax, alto clarinet
Steve Houben: flute, alto flute
Frank Vaganée: alt sax
Bob Stewart: tuba
Kristoph Erbstösser: piano
Frans Van Der Hoeven: double bass
Dré Pallemaerts: drums
David Linx: vocals on (11)
recorded at IMPULS STUDIO, Herent (Belgium), March 19 & 20, 1991 by Allan Ward

SOME REVIEWS:

"This is an example of how you compose a CD and how you keep it interesting until the ultimate second."
Sim Simons in "Muziek, een Privilege” (Belgium), September 1991

"Estamos pues ante un trabajo elogiable, realizado en base a un proyecto de comunión de diversas tendencias y culturas, una sucesión de composiciones más que recomendables para aquéllos que creen que la música no sólo es descriptiva sino también un potente generador de imágenes. En resumen, una reciente entrega discográfica de Chris Joris que habla por si sola de una excelente forma de mirar adelante. ”
Josep Ramón Jové in "Cuadernos De Jazz” (Spain), January/February 1992

"If ‘Songs For Mbizo’ finds distribution in this country it should go a long way toward dispelling the undeserved obscurity of this fine musician. ”
Steven Hahn in "Option” (U.S.A.), January/February 1992

"Un disque très attachant, pas seulement nostalgique, car il perpétue non seulement les musiciens sud-africains qui se sont battus et continuent à le faire pour la liberté, mais il est aussi un cri d’espoir pour un avenir meilleur par un musicien confirmé qui croit en ce qu’il fait. ”
Philippe Renaud in "Notes” (France), April 1992

"Ce n’est de loin pas de la world music telle qu’on ne cesse de nous l’asséner sur les ondes et à la télé. Ou bien ça en est, comme le jazz l’a presque toujours été, surtout depuis les années 60. Mais c’est une world music bien jazzique, jazzifiante, tonifiante. ”
Norberto Gimelfarb in "Viva La Musica” (Switzerland), January 1994

"La première évidence que révèle ce disque, c’est la variété des talents du leader, poly-instrumentiste avéré, passant des percussions au piano, du berimbau à la flûte avec une aisance admirable. La seconde évidence touche à l’authenticité des climats évoqués. ..... au-delà de l’étiquette afro qui lui est accolée généralement, Joris reste avant tout un "enfant du jazz”. Et il faut bien dire que le résultat est à la mesure des ambitions: une musique forte, sensible, libre, où, par la force des choses, plane par moments l’ombre d’Abdullah Ibrahim. ”
Jean-Pol Schroeder in "Jazz In Time”, September 1991

Dyani’s death in 1988 provoked a remarkable number of albums paying respect to his memory and example. ‘Songs For Mbizo’ can hold its head up next to the best of those tributes. ”
Barry Witherden in "The Wire” (U.K.), October 1993

"Buy a Belgian beer, turn down the lights, and listen to the piano while David Linx sings ‘Song for Mbizo’.”
L. S. in "The Improvisor”, volume X, 1993

"Belgian pianist/percussionist Chris Joris recorded these sessions with tubaist Bob Stewart and South African bassist Johnny (Mbizo) Dyani back in 1976. Sadly, Dyani passed away in 1988, while additional tracks emanating from 1991 sessions featuring Stewart and a conglomerate of European artists round out this effort.
Joris’ knowledge and implementations of wide ranging rhythmic structures come to fruition on this gem of a release. Throughout these pieces, Joris performs on berimbau (including a lovely duet with Stewart), various percussion instruments, ethnocentric flutes, and piano. As a pianist the artist generally hits the right notes, or sweet spots via harmonically rich block chords and Bill Evans-ish right hand leads. However, his shrewd arrangements and clever integrations of sonorous horn parts with world groove percussion romps provide many of the highlights. The piece titled "Dance of the Mulatos,” features Steve Houben’s enchanting flute work coupled with the septet’s budding undercurrents and breezy arrangements. Many of these works boast world beat rhythms of various flavors and colors, whereas Joris’ compositions generally contain memorably melodic choruses amid a few stirring ballads and rousing opuses. Joris isn’t that well known here in the states but has been garnering percussion-based awards over in Europe while fronting various ensembles. To a certain extent, Joris was ahead of his time and now’s your chance to find out why. Passionately recommended.”
Glenn Astarita Review Courtesy AllAboutJazz.com (2002)
“Encore trop peu connu hors frontières, Chris Joris est sans aucun doute un des plus grands percussionnistes européens. Pianiste, il compose aussi beaucoup. L’originalité de cet album est de combiner la réédition d’enregistrements réalisés en 1976 (Bob Stewart, Frank Vaganée, David Lee Schloss, …) avec une première publication de compositions immortalisées en 1991 (David Linx, John Ruocco, Steve Houben, Christoph Erbstösser, …). A découvrir d’urgence.”
Philippe Schoonbrood dans Jazzaround, 2004 (B)

THE MAKING OF ... STUDIO IMPULS HERENT (BE), March 19, 1991


Fernand Laforce, Chris Joris, Bob Stewart, Jos Demol and Silvère Mansis


The executive producers: Jos Demol, Silvère Mansis and Fernand Laforce


The late Annette Wüst with Bob Stewart


Dré Pallemaerts


John Ruocco


Frans van der Hoeven


sound engineer Alan Ward

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