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Sunday, November 12.,19 1 77

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'Moving On' with Mayall

AP Photo
Solemn celebration
French President Georges Pompidou, left foreground, stands at attention yesterday during an Armistice
Day ceremony at the tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Paris.
Eections show black support
for Democrats slightly lower

For the past several years a
giant of the British blues move-
ment, John Mayall, has been liv-
ing in his new adopted home in
California. Since his move he has
played consistently with Ameri-
can sidemen; his first success
here was with Harvey Mandel,
Sugarcane Harris, and Larry Tay-
He has had two U.S. bands,
and his second one is the one he
has at the moment. They were
first heard on a live album re-
leased earlier this year, Jazz-
Blues Fusion. Now Mayall has
recorded a second live album
with the band to coincide with
his American tour. The new al-
bum, done at the Whiskey a
GoGo in Los Angeles, is called
Moving On (Polydor PD 5036).
The new band is, quite liter-
ally, a jazz-blues fusion, w i t h
more blues than jazz. What jazz
there is, is provided by Blue
Mitchell on trumpet and fluegel-
horn, and Freddy Robinson on
guitar; they are augmented by a
four-man horn section, all of
whom solo, and all of whom bor-
der on jazz at times.
Mayall himself is constantly
coming closer to jazz, he is the
only one who can integrate the
harmonica with jazz and still
keep its power intact. The rhy-
thm section is probably the fin-
est to be found anywhere, it con-
sists of Larry Taylor on bass
guitar, and Keef Hartley on
drums. They are joined on this
recording by Victor Gaskin who
plays string bass; his bass is
good but often overwhelmed by
the other more powerful instru-
ments, only when he solos is he
heard to true advantage.
As Mayall quickly approaches
the age of 40, his music has be-
gun to stabilize and become mel-
lower. Gone for good are the
days of the overpowering,
straightforward blues approach
with the devastating guitar work
epitomized by Mayall's earlier
work with Eric Clapton, Peter
Green, and Mick Taylor.
But Mayall is far from con-
servative in his innovations.' He
has dedicated himself to t h e
blues form, a rather standard
musical formula that many and
most performers have found too
limited. But perhaps more than
any other person, Mayall hs ac-
complished miracles with t h e
blues form. It seems to the lay-
man that Mayall must have ex-
plored every avenue of the blues,
but it would come as no surprise
if he continued to find new and
different ways to use the blues.
He was one of the first popular
musicians to use horns on a large
scale, he was practically the first
to reject loud music for loud-
ness' sake and dispense with elec-
tric guitar and drums to turn to
a more lyrical, melodic blues ex-
pression. Mayall has been one
of the most important innovators
in modern music, but he has not
really received the attention he
deserves for this innovation. His
new band is further evidence of
his passion for innovation.
Mayall's music has constantly
become more lyrical and gentle,
and as such, it lends itself well

to a jazz interpretation. The
horns add an extra measure of
stability, a soothing power, and
added depth in soloing. On this
album, Robinson tends to keep
the horns integrated with the
rhythm section with some very
fine jazz-soul chording and riff-
ling; the rhythm section w it h
Taylor and Hartley is so compat-
ible that there is no need for the
rest of the band to worry about
keeping the beating moving.
Mayall plays some electric
piano which further cements the
rhythm together, but he makes
his presence best known with his
surging, but delicate, harnionica,
and, of course, his singing. May-
all has a very individual voice
which is slightly higher than the
average, but full of power. It
lends itself well to jazz.
His lyrics have always moved
away from typical blues subjects
and forms of expression. His ly-
rics now possess a jazz quality
in themselves and this album
integrates lyric and music in the
true sense for the first time.
The lyrics contain a message, but
the message is of secondary im-
portance to the effect; here the
voice, without using a scat tech-
nique, becomes an instrument
in its own right. Mayall now mov-
es to a slightly more conserva-
tive, but yet more varied type
of composition.
He gives us here two songs
which owe a big debt to the
blues progression, yet are melo-
dic in a brand new way; May-
all experiments with derivations
from the standard blues pattern
and constantly comes up with a
new interesting approach "Keep
Our Country Green" is one of the
newly melodic songs which pul-
sates with horns, developing a
simple and luring melody over
which Robinson and Mitchell solo
with incomparable brilliance,

clinging to the melody line, but
bringing out everything that is
good in the melody itself. "Ch-isc-
mas 71" is the other experiment
which features a new approach
to melody. It is an introspective
song; the volume level reduces
as the song features some rather
sensitive flute by Charles Owens.
Otherwise, all the songs adhere
to the blues progression, but in
hands of Mayall this idiom never
gets tired, never lags.
Particular credit in this depar.-
ment must go to the professional-
ism and consummate good taste
of Larry Taylor and Keef Hart-
ley. Both can be energetic, sharp
and to the point, but subtle. It
must be remembered that, for
all practical purposes, the horn
section is a one-shot deal: only
Clifford Solomon on tenor and
alto sax has had any prolonged
experience playing with May-
As such, they work out fine;
they add a slightly new concept
and approach to the solo. Rob-
inson is an exquisite guitarist; he
tosses notes without any sense
of cluttering, and his notes are
gentle and mellow. Mitchell is
an old hand in jazz and he con-
tinues to demonstrate an excep-
tional understanding of blues ele-
ments with outstanding playing
Mayall is o'ne of the best and
finest musicians around today.
He has taken a traditionally sim-
ple music form and turned it in-
side out with his experiments as
he searches for further melodic
and unique ways to play the
blues. His approach is now tend-
ing towards the gentle and lyri-
cal, but his music still moves
with a subtle force. He has mold-
ed a dynamic, but melodic and
lyrical music; this album is am-
ple proof of his overwhelming
mastery and tremendous depth of

A powerful commentary on the arms race
exposing the consequences of building nu-
clear weapons.
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MONDAY at 4 p.m.
"Traditional Religion and Radical Politics"
a dialogue with
Professor Steven Schwartzchild,
Judaic Studies at C.U.N.Y.
Professor David Noel Freed nan,
Director of Program on Studies in Religion
A. Theodore Kachel, Moderator
Presented by:
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The B'nai B'rith Hillel Foundation
Rep. Georgia State Legislature
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WASHINGTON (WP) - The usually
solid Democratic black voting bloc
crumbled slightly in Tuesday's
elections, a sample survey shows.
George McGovern, the Demo-
cratic presidential candidate, re-
ceived 87 per cent of the vote in
black precincts and wards in 22
major cities, the Joint Center for
Political Studies said Friday.
President Nixon, who swept 49
states in his landslide victory, re-
ceived 13 per cent of the black
vote, up 3 per cent from 1968.
Four years, ago, Democrat Hu-
bert Humphrey won 90 per cent of
the black vote.
The Center's survey was based
on unofficial ,returns in heavily
black election districts.
According to the survey, Nixon
received 30 per cent of the black
vote in Louisville, Ky., a 100 per
cent increase over his tally there
in 1968.
McGovern captured 94 per cent
of the black vote in Columbia, S.
C., 93 per cent in Houston, Tex.,
and 93 per cent in Charlotte, N.C.
In 1968, Humphrey won 98.6 per
cent of the black vote in Houston.
The Center said comparable!
figures were not available for
other cities.
The Center, a private, non-par-

tisan organization, provides re-I
search, education and technical as-
sistance to elected black and other
minority group officials and others
representing minority group inter-
Although blacks continued to
support the Democratic presiden-
tial nominee, the Center noted
widespread ticket-splitting in some
black areas.
In Chicago approximately 55 per

cent of the voters in nine sample
black wards voted for the Repub-
lican candidate for Cook County
state's attorney, Bernard Carey,
helping defeat Edward Hanrahan,
the Democratic incumbent, while
92 per cent backed McGovern.
In Jackson, Miss., 76 per cent!
of the blackuvoters opposed Dem
ocratic incumbent Sen. James
Eastland while giving 90 per cent
of their votes to McGovern.

Listings continued

Governments act to curb
dumping of waste in sea

LONDON (Reuter) - Hopes of
international agreement to control
the dumping of waste at sea rose
today as experts from 78 govern-
ments extended talks and reached
compromise over some major
stumbling blocks.
Canada's chief delegate, Alan
Beesley, said it was hoped that an
international convention could be
initialled this weekend. The agree-
ment wouldbethe first big result
of the United Nations Conference
on the Environment held in Stock-
holm last June.

Delegates to the- talks, w h i c h'
began Oct. 30 in closed session,
met yesterday morning and reach-
ed a compromise on the thorny is-
sue of jurisdiction over coastal
The issue had divided the confer-
ence and threatened to prevent a
full agreement being reached.
Another controversial issue ap-
parently close to solution is the
provision of an escape clause in the
draft convention which would allow
a state to dump normally banned
toxic material if an emergency'
Canada and other nations saw!
this as a major loophole in the
treaty but the clause was tighten-
ed up in the extended talks to stip-
ulate that a state must consult-he
international controlling body of the
convention, as well as any states
that might be affected, before do-
ing any emergency dumping, con-
Ifrnesources said.

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