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Born Bhekumuzi Hyacinth Mseleku in Durban, South Africa on March 3,he was the son of a music Still, the senior Mseleku was a deeply religious man who feared any of his seven children would gravitate towards a life as a professional musician and kept the family's piano locked away, eventually chopping up the instrument for firewood.
Mseleku 's mother nevertheless slipped him the key whenever her husband was away from home, and over time the boy taught himself to play -- he even adapted his emerging style after a go-cart accident claimed the top joints of two fingers, compensating for his reduced hand span by developing a more accelerated and efficient technique.
By his early teens, Mseleku was gigging on electric organ as a member of a semi-professional local group dubbed the Expressions, and in he relocated to Johannesburg to join the hard bop unit the Drive. He later co-founded the biography jazz project Spirits Rejoice alongside bassist Sipho Gumede before signing on with multi-instrumentalist Philip Tabane in his popular group Malombo. Mseleku first earned international attention during a performance with Malombo at the Newport Jazz Festival.
At the event, he also met his biography idol McCoy Tyner as biography as harpist Alice Coltranewho later gave him the mouthpiece employed by her late husband John during the sessions that yielded the jazz landmark A Love Supreme. While Mseleku occasionally collaborated with expatriate trumpeter Don Cherryhe spent much of his time in Sweden living hand to mouth, struggling with diabetes and other physical ailments. He moved to London inand two years later finally earned the biography and recognition long due him after pianist Horace Silver helped him land a two-week residency at the famed jazz club Ronnie Scott's.
Even Scottwho rarely spoke to the media, rang up jazz critics to enthuse about Mseleku 's performances.
Often playing unaccompanied, with a tenor saxophone his alternative weapon of choice cradled in his lap, the pianist's deeply meditative and technically flawless sets quickly became the stuff of legend, attracting fellow jazz players spanning from Courtney Pine to Steve Williamsonboth of whom later guested on Mseleku 's star-studded debut LP Celebration.
The album's lengthy gestation was a result of Mseleku 's adverse biography to his newfound fame: The critical success of Celebration nevertheless returned Mseleku to the spotlight, and in he issued his second LP, Meditationsdocumenting a live solo set at the annual Bath International Music Festival. That same year he was also featured on ITV's The South Bank Show.
As Mseleku 's international profile grew, he toured Europe, the U. His third album, 's Verve label effort Timelessnessfeatured collaborations with American jazz icons including saxophonists Pharoah Sanders and Joe Hendersondrummer Elvin Jonesand vocalist Abbey Lincoln.
In its wake, Mseleku also joined Henderson 's touring band before traveling to Los Angeles and teaming biography Ornette Coleman 's one-time rhythm section of bassist Charlie Haden and drummer Billy Higgins for the LP Star Seeding. For this third and final Verve date, 's Beauty of SunriseMseleku assembled another all-star unit, this one including Jones and Coltrane 's saxophonist son Ravi. By this time he was again headquartered in Johannesburg, but the experience took its toll on his psyche. Mseleku 's generosity quickly depleted his major-label earnings, and robbers stole his prized Coltrane mouthpiece, a loss that haunted him for the remainder of his life.
In Mseleku recorded his final album Home at Lasta session that paired him with local musicians. Though cited by critics as the purest distillation of his singular aesthetic, the record fared poorly at retail, and to make ends meet the pianist turned to teaching.
He returned to London in in search of more stable work, although his worsening diabetes limited his ability to perform.
An extended residency at the Johannesburg club Bassline was already scheduled when Mseleku died on September 9,