Track Selection 1: Bamako
Artists: Roswell Rudd (trb) Toumani Diabate (kora) + various.
but wait, there’s more –
More Mali collaboration, from 1993 – “Talking Timbuktu” Ry Cooder and Ali Farka Toure (CD)
Track selection 2 : Diaraby
Artists: Ry Cooder, Ali Farka Toure, + various
Listen up! It’s Hear Two, get Third Free special at LondonJazzCollector’s world music day
Yet more Mali collaboration still, suggestion from poster Tom Mitchell, “Songhai” from Danny Thompson Toumani Diabate and Ketama
Track Selection 3: Jarabi
Artists: Danny Thompson, Toumani Diabate and Ketama (Juan, Antonio and Jose Miguel Carmona) recorded in London and Madrid 1988 , manufactured in France
It’s a flying visit to modern African music, in collaboration with American and European artists, or is it the other way around?
Malicool – modern West African music seamlessly merged with the trombone of 60’s free jazz collaborator Roswell Rudd, recorded in 2002.
Talkin’ Timbuktu – in the same vein, Ry Cooders magnificent colllaboration with Ali Farka Toure from 1993, on CD, exploration of similar West Africa US cross-cultural possibilities. Timbuktu is, of course, in Mali. But then you knew that, didn’t you?
Songhai – more cross-cultural collaboration with Toumani Diabate as the link to Mali, this time with folk/jazz bassist Danny Thompson and the Spanish trio Ketama, harking back over twenty years to 1988. Vinyl, of course.
And there was you thinking this man only knows about jazz.
West Africa has a great musical output, not the romantic imagined heritage of Afro-American jazz musicians of ancestral villages and their “roots”, but call and prayer, griot story-telling, all sorts, and it is Mali and Senegal that offer the rich harvest of talented musicians. Toumani Diabate, king of the kora instrument, and Ali Farka Toure, hailed as Africa’s Jimmy Hendrix.
Raincheck: lots of great jazz coming in from eBay, all in process, but for the time being, a little excursion by time and geography.
Breaking all my rules, a CD not vinyl, not 1950-60’s, not even American Jazz. Jazz broke away from the establishment of big band swing, now its freedom time, too here at LondonJazzCollector.Roswell Rudd is a great jazz instrumentalist on trombone. Ry Cooder has extraordinary empathy with West African “swing”, Danny Thompson, Mr Have Bass Will Travel, a musical vagabond. All great stuff. Sounds a convincing link to me.
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