Roswell Rudd “Malicool” (CD 2002) and other African collaborations

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.

 Collectors Corner

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.

Back to Modern Jazz shortly

12 thoughts on “Roswell Rudd “Malicool” (CD 2002) and other African collaborations

  1. I know this is an old post and you probably know already, but I want to mention that World Circuit Records has issued the Talking Timbuktu and other Ali Farka Toure sessions of vinyl along with Orchestra Baobob and all the various off-shoots of the Buena Vista Social Club. A real bonanza!

    • Thanks for the tip. I’ve looked over their website, and I see they are reissuing some of their recordings on 180gm vinyl. No audiophile claims or reference to analog sources, possibly these are simply digital transfers onto vinyl medium.

      • I’m very happy with the quality of my vinyl copy of TT. I found BG in the dead wax. The record was mastered at BGM. I would hope they used original tape. I wrote to them and asked. Hope to hear ASAP.

          • Just heard back from Izzy at World Circuit
            “All our vinyl reissues are cut from the original master tapes, which are sometimes reels and sometimes DATs. Yes the reissue on LP is the Bernie Grundman master.”
            If you don’t know them, check out Orchestra Baobob, particularly the Pirate Sessions. They are a literal blend of Afro / Cuban music with saxophones and horns as well as guitar. .

            • Talkin’ Timbuktu on vinyl, mastered from original tapes – that is a cool thing indeed. They should be promoting them as such. Too much “modern vinyl” is 180gm digital plastic, and poorly manufactured.

              I made the mistake of getting the Kamasi Washington The Epic on triple vinyl. They say if you can’t say something nice, it is better to say nothing at all.

              I’m saying nothing.

  2. I’d like to shout up for Toumani Diabate’s 1988 ‘Songhai’ album in collaboration with bassist Danny Thompson and others. Danny put the swing into the ’60’s English folk revival, then threw the book out of the window altogether with John Martyn in the 70’s. He’s a fantastic collaborator with all kinds of musicians, including John Stevens, Moondog, John Etheridge and John McLaughlin back in the day. He also played bass on Cliff Richard’s ‘Congratulations’. Well, we’ve all made mistakes

      • Ah! Bloody marvellous! I’m in the middle of an insane project to buy back all the records I’ve ever had, having sold them all about eight years ago-this one is a priority. Haven’t heard this for years and haven’t found a replacement yet. I refuse to rely on ebay to get the stuff, using only second hand record shops, charity shops and fairs. Takes me back to my student bedroom in Stoke on Trent and the darkrooms at Staffs Poly. LJC, you’re the man!

  3. Ry Cooder single handedly has brought many ‘world’ orientated styles to the masses. Say Ry Cooder and most people will automatically say Buena Vista Social Club. But as your post shows: it doesn’t end there. He doesn’t only have empathy for West African swing, but for many other international styles and sounds. Just look for all the ‘world’ music that has seen the light of day under Cooder’s wings. Impressive to say the least 😉

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