Album: Dudu Pukwana, Night Time is the Right Time (Cadillac)

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Someone needs to write a book about Dudu Pukwana, the late South African alto-saxophonist who came to London as an exile from Apartheid and played sessions with John Martyn and Mike Heron as well as jazz.

This late-1960s live recording has Pukwana guesting with a hip Hammond organ combo led by one Bob Stuckey. While Dudu's scalding tone and funky phrasing lift a number of workaday tunes, two originals reach for the skies: the jaunty township-jazz of "Jauana's Dream" and a gut-wrenching "B, My Dear".