Here is one record by one of the most unknown hero of the south African jazz. Tete Mbambisa has been considered as a major reference by musicians like Johnny Dyani or Dudu Pukwana. But Mbambisa have recorded only few records, less than ten for a man who is more than 80 years old. Here we have some very beautiful cape jazz, relaxed music with positive vibrations. Some of the musicians on this session can also be found on some records by Dollar Brand recorded and published by the same label like « Cape Town Fringe » or « Mannenberg Is Where It’s Happening ».
- Trane Ride - Past Time - Winter time - Irene
Bass: Zulu Bidi
Drums: Monty Weber
Piano/composition: Tete Mbambisa
Tenor Sax/Flute: Basil Coetzee
The Sun ml4258 published in 1979
Recently the label Matsuli Music have reissued the first session by Mbambisa under the name « The Soul Jazzmen »
In 2012 independent producer Jonhattan Eato have recorded and published a superbe solo piano by Tete Mbambisa that can be found here
Last but not least: a recent recording by Tete with British musicians have been published in south Africa in the end of 2017 in a very limited quantity, it will probably be issued in the world very soon. In preparation is also the first time issue of an unreleased session from 1978.