Basil Coetzee

Shrimp Boats (WABB-112)

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Shrimp Boats

Basil Coetzee

We Are Busy Bodies


LPS 168409




LP 22,30 €

Some of the most soulful work we've ever heard from South African tenorist Basil Mannenberg Coetzee – served up here on an album that's split with fellow saxophonist Barney Rachabane!

Side A features Coetzee stretching out on a really long track – a side-long reading of the classic "Shrimp Boats", but taken into very different territory as a longform solo vehicle – with work from a group that also features Stompie Manana on tenor and Lionel Pillay on both keyboards and piano – players who also get plenty of room for solo space, next to the bass of Charles Johnstone and drums of Rod Clark.

Side B has a different flavor – still with keyboards and piano from Pillay, but next to alto work from Barney Rachabane, a player who's almost got some Hank Crawford elements in his sound – working alongside Duku Makasi on tenor, Sipho Gumede on bass, and Gilbert Mathews on drums.


  • Barney Rachabane - (alto sax)
  • Charles Johnstone, Sipho Gumede - (bass)
  • Gilbert Mathews - (drums)
  • Rod Clark - (drums, percussion)
  • Lionel Pillay - (keyboards, piano)
  • Basil "Mannenberg" Coetzee, Duku Makasi - (tenor, sax)
  • Stompie Manana - (trumpet)

Recorded on September 29, 1980 & November 12, 1979


  • SIDE A
  • A1. Shrimp Boats ........ 25:09
  • SIDE B
  • B1. Slow Blues For Orial ..... 7:20
  • B2. Yakahal 'Inkomo ....... 9:07
  • B3. Birdland ...... 5:43