Michel Sardaby reissue of holy grail deep jazz is first outing for World Seven

Heads up for this sublime album of rhodes and piano led jazz for new offshoot World Seven. The parent label Africa Seven has been providing supreme reissues of a French connection for a while. Now the Paris and London based crew have joined forces with a new collective of crate diggers to expand their remit.

Sardaby was a child prodigy on the piano. He was born in Fort de France, Martinique in the French West Indies in 1935. Throughout the 60s, he played piano with blues musicians like Sonny Boy Williamson and T-Bone Walker, at the same time beginning to release more jazz-focused solo albums. Gail was recorded in New York in 1975 with Billy Hart (a McCoy Tyner alumni) on drums, Richard Davis on bass and Leopold Flemming on percussion. Michel himself is on keys and delivers one of the great performances throughout on his instrument.

According to the World Seven collective, the album itself has been remastered specially for vinyl and pressed (at the request of Michel himself) on heavyweight vinyl.

Latest World Treasures Music show on KMAH Radio

Francois K – FK On The Beach

Batido De Corpo – Goleiro

Kingsley Bucknor – You Gotta Keep On Luvin’ Me (Hot Extended Remix Version)

WITCH – Erotic Delight

Kingsley Bucknor – Just U And Me

Nana Love – When The Heart Decides

Kingsley Bucknor – Don’t Give Up Ya Luv (Instrumental Hot Remix)

Rupa Biswas – Aaj Shanibar (World Treasures Music Edit)

Nova – I Feel Like Getting Down

Saitana – 1, 2, 3

King Jammy – Hog Inna Minty

Sister Nancy – Transport Connection

Culture – Mind Who You Beg For Help (2000 Digital Remaster)

Michel Legris – Elida

Orlando Julius – Omo Oba Blues

Lobi Traore Group – Jugu

Kamasi Washington – The Rhythm Changes

Radio Niger interludes (Sahel Drum-Machine Gun)

Harmonious Thelonious – Third Movement

Sokoko, Nigeria – Radio 1

Black Merlin – Spirit House

Piero Umiliani – Savana

Krikor Kouchian – Zulette

Lemuria – Get That Happy feeling

Oli Ahvenlahti – Grandma’s Rocking Chair

Musi-O-Tunya – The Wings Of Africa

The Chambers Brothers – Time Has Come Today

Interview: Matsuli Music

World Treasures Music spoke to Matt Temple from Matsuli Music –  a specialist label reissuing priceless vinyl from South Africa.

Chris Albertyn, Sathima Bea Benjamin, Matt Temple

Chris Albertyn, Sathima Bea Benjamin, Matt Temple

Their releases include Batsumi’s seminal spiritual jazz albums, Sathima Bea Benjamin’s African Songbird LP (with Dollar Brand), Dick Choza’s Chapita LP and most recently Ndikho Xaba’s holy grail, Ndikho Xaba and the Natives.

To read the interview and see more about the music of South Africa (Shangaan, kwaito, jive, etc) and its neighbouring countries click here.

South African jazz reissue – another piece of the jigsaw