Monday, 11 December 2017

79th birthday of McCoy Tyner

(Born 11 December 1938, Philadelphia, United States)
ONE OF THE most influential pianists of the 20th century, occupies the piano chair of the classic John Coltrane Quartet (full personnel: Coltrane, tenor and soprano saxophones; Tyner, piano; Jimmy Garrison, bass; Elvin Jones, drums), 1960-1965, and subsequently records own key signature albums (The Real McCoyTime for TynerExtensionsTender MomentsSaharaBlues for Coltraneplays John Coltrane at The Village VanguardRemembering JohnRevelationsInfinity44th Street SuiteIlluminationsExpansionsLive in WarsawRound MidnightSoliloquyplays Duke EllingtonToday and TomorrowNights of Ballads and BluesLove and PeaceLand of the Giants) in varying group contexts such as trios, quartets, quintets, sextets, nonets, big band, solo
(McCoy Tyner Quartet“Blues on the corner” [personnel: Tyner, piano; Joe Henderson, tenor saxophoneRon Carter, bass; Elvin Jones, drums; recorded: Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, US, 21 April 1967]) 
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Sunday, 10 December 2017

92nd birthday of Jimmy Smith

(Born 8 December 1925, Norristown, Pennsylvania, US)
CELEBRATED inventive organist and prolific composer who significantly promotes the use of the Hammond B-3 organ as an instrument in jazz in the early 1950s and whose influence on subsequent organists in the repertoire has been immensely profound
(Jimmy Smith Trio, “The sermon” [personnel: Smith, organ; QuentinWarren, guitar; Billy Hart, drums; recorded: BBC TV, {?} 1964])
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Saturday, 9 December 2017

53rd anniversary of the recording of John Coltrane’s classic, A Love Supreme

(Recorded 9 Dec 1964, Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, US)

A Love Supreme, a suite in four parts (“Acknowledgement”, “Resolution”, “Pursuance”, “Psalm”), is played here by the John Coltrane Quartet (personnel: Coltrane, tenor saxophone; McCoy Tyner, piano; Jimmy Garrison, bass; Elvin Jones, drums)

John Coltrane Quartet
(John Coltrane: tenor saxophone)
(McCoy Tyner: piano)
(Jimmy Garrison: bass)
(Elvin Jones: drums)

A Love Supreme

pt. I “Acknowledgement”
pt. II “Resolution”
pt. III “Pursuance”
 pt. IV “Psalm”

Friday, 8 December 2017

Thoughts for the weekend: Who is “person of colour”?

Herbert Ekwe-Ekwe

WHO is this? Who indeed is “person of colour”? Would they also be termed “coloured person”? If not, why not?

No one should ever toy with their identity, their history – particularly African peoples, especially those domiciled in the pan-European World. Crucially, in this geographical space, as well as in the Arab World, the cardinal constructs of African identity have in the past been expunged in stretches of robust state/quasi-state programmes aimed primarily to deny or distort the saliency of the African presence.

This is why a person who presents themself, for instance, as African British, African American, African Caribbean, Igbo British, Ethiopian American, Congolese French, Biafran German, Jamaican Canadian, etc., etc., actuates a presence unmistakeably that references or resonates with history. In contrast, employing a dehistoricised expression/epithet in referencing someone, however expedient, even fanciful, questions that person’s presence and surely accelerates their slide to quite often tragic alienation.

ALWAYS insist on who you are. This is not the responsibility of somebody else’s.
(McCoy Tyner Quartet, “Contemplation” [personnel: Tyner, piano; Joe Henderson, tenor saxophoneRon Carter, bass; Elvin Jones, drums; recorded: Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, US, 21 April 1967])
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Wednesday, 6 December 2017

At long last… Nana Akufo-Addo, president of Ghana, sets the pace for the African peoples’ position in relation to the pan-European World during this joint press conference in Accra, Ghana (Tuesday 5 December 2017), with Emmanuel Marcon, the visiting French president – 61 years after the beginning of the so-called African restoration of independence in the Sudan … Marcon appears disconcerted as Akufo-Addo makes his speech…

 (Nana Akufo-Addo)
(President Nana Akufo-Addo delivers his historic speech in Accra at joint news conference with visiting French President Emmanuel Marcon, Tuesday 5 December 2017)

Statues of ideas

Herbert Ekwe-Ekwe

THE RECENT comical if not bizzare assemblage of appointments by the overseer regime in Owere, Imo, east Biafra region, must not mask a salient characteristic of an occupation enterprise by a conqueror force, particularly the genocidist’s. It is to entrench lilliputians on the ground to police the occupation as part of expanding even further the parameters of the genocidist drive.


In this land of enriched statutes of ideas and transformations that elevated Biafra to Africa’s most dynamic economy prior to the genocide, launched by Hausa-Fulani/islamist-led Nigeria and Britain on 29 May 1966, the lilliputians of the occupation are designed by the génocidaires to destroy the critical milestones of a people’s history. These lead murderers of Africans in Africa since the 1900s are desperate indeed

They do know, though, that Biafrans are solidly knowledgeable of their history and that the days of this occupation and season of the little, petty personages of vile enforcers are coming to an end. Biafra, the pearl of African affirmation, is defiantly on the way back.

THE SCHOOLS’ curricula and the dramatic arts and other sites of creativity in Biafra on the morrow of the restoration-of-independence will surely contend with the evolving encyclopaedic material that references this tragic epoch of Igbo history in its entirety.
(John Coltrane Quartet, “Lonnie’s lament” [personnel: Coltrane, tenor saxophone; McCoy Tyner, piano; Jimmy Garrison, bass; Elvin Jones, drums; recorded: Van Gelder Studio, Englewood, Cliff, NJ, US, 27 April 1964])


Monday, 4 December 2017

Igbo people survived

Herbert Ekwe-Ekwe


IT IS INDEED an extraordinary survival story of history that someone that goes by the name Obiageli, Nkechi, Chinyere, Ifeoma, Amaechi, Nwakaego, Ngozi, Chinelo, Ada, Uzo, Chibundu, Nkemdilim, Chukwuka, Okwuonicha, Chikwendu, Ogonna, Nwafo, Ikechukwu, Onwuatuegwu, Chukwuemeka, Onyekachi, Nnadozie, Okonkwo, Chido, Okafo, Chikwendu, Nkeiiru, Ifeyinwa, Nkemakolam, Ikenga, Uchendu, Okeenwa, Nwaoyiri, Okonta, Ukpabi, Amaka, Kanu, Ofokaaja, Nnamdi, Mbazulike, Chukwuma, Kanayo, Ndukaeze, Chidi, Kamene, Nneka, Onyeka, Osita, Kalu, Ifekandu, Obioma, Chioma, Ndubuisi…  actually walks the face of the earth, today, having survived this programmed sentence of death by Anglo-Nigeria genocidists beginning on 29 May 1966 and through to 12 January 1970 (phases I-III of the genocide). The genocidists murdered the grisly total of 3.1 million Igbo or 25 per cent of this nation
s population during the period. Additionally, they have murdered tens of thousands of Igbo since 13 January 1970 as the genocide continues unrelentingly (phase IV)...

None of the lead génocidaires of this genocide – Harold WilsonBenjamin AdekunleOlusegun ObasanjoObafemi AwolowoAllison AyidaIbrahim HarunaTony EnaharoYakubu DanjumaYakubu GowonJeremiah UseniOluwole Rotimi… – reckoned in their dire prognosis of the outcome of the 44 months of Igbo slaughtering they directed and executed that the Igbo stood a chance of surviving. Harold Wilson, then British prime minister who chiefly coordinated the genocide from the comfort of his offices and residence at 10 Downing Street, London, 3000 miles away from Biafra, had notoriously set the pace for his fellows on what he saw as the future of the Igbo when he informed Clyde Ferguson, the United States state department special coordinator for relief to Biafra, that he, Harold Wilson, “would accept a half million dead Biafrans if that was what it took” Nigeria to destroy the Igbo resistance to the genocide (Roger MorrisUncertain Greatness: Henry Kissinger and American Foreign Policy, 1977: 122). 

BY SURVIVING the genocide, the Igbo have not only dramatically repudiated this vile Wilsonian logic of Igbo mass slaughter, but they are poised today, 51 years later, as the Biafra freedom movement has grown inexorably, to resume the interrupted construction of their beloved state of Biafra – the Land of the Rising Sun.
(John Coltrane Quartet, “Out of this world” [personnel: Coltrane, tenor saxophone; McCoy Tyner, piano; Jimmy Garrison, bass; Elvin Jones, drums; recorded: Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, US, 19 June 1962])