Mississippi to Mali

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Corey Harris is adept at combining contemporary sensibilities with traditional country blues forms in a manner so natural that the cracks and fissures between now and then never seem to show, an accomplishment he expands on Mississippi to Mali to include two continents. Again, the music flows so naturally that the bridges and welds that join the African and African-American traditions on this record are never obvious, creating a seamless, wonderful album. The tracks were recorded live in the field, an approach that strengthens the intimate feel here, and there are numerous high points, including Africanized versions of Skip James' "Cypress Grove Blues" and Robert Petway's...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Corey Harris is adept at combining contemporary sensibilities with traditional country blues forms in a manner so natural that the cracks and fissures between now and then never seem to show, an accomplishment he expands on Mississippi to Mali to include two continents. Again, the music flows so naturally that the bridges and welds that join the African and African-American traditions on this record are never obvious, creating a seamless, wonderful album. The tracks were recorded live in the field, an approach that strengthens the intimate feel here, and there are numerous high points, including Africanized versions of Skip James' "Cypress Grove Blues" and Robert Petway's "Catfish Blues" that open new dimensions in each song without altering its original intent and tone. A version of "Sitting on Top of the World" called "Station Blues" here with the Rising Star Fife and Drum Band, and featuring Shardé Thomas, the 12-year-old granddaughter of Othar Turner, is a particular delight in its ramshackle exuberance. Mississippi to Mali closes with a credible and moving take on Blind Willie Johnson's "Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground" that spotlights Harris' considerable acoustic slide skills. This is another fine album from a player whose reverence for the blues doesn't keep him from instilling the form with both joy and innovation.
Tracks - Bill Friskies-Warren
[Harris and his band mates] play with such brio you'd swear the blues could never be domesticated, much less die.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/18/2003
  • Label: Rounder / Umgd
  • UPC: 011661319820
  • Catalog Number: 613198
  • Sales rank: 170,281

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Coahoma (1:49)
  2. 2 Big Road Blues (3:05)
  3. 3 Special Rider Blues (4:54)
  4. 4 Tamalah (6:41)
  5. 5 Back Atcha (3:27)
  6. 6 Rokie (3:46)
  7. 7 La Chanson des Bozos (4:20)
  8. 8 Mr. Turner (4:43)
  9. 9 Cypress Grove Blues (3:02)
  10. 10 Station Blues (2:41)
  11. 11 .44 Blues (7:28)
  12. 12 Njarka (3:56)
  13. 13 Charlene (5:01)
  14. 14 Catfish Blues (6:39)
  15. 15 Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground (3:28)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Corey Harris Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Ali Farka Touré Guitar, Vocals, Njarka Fiddle
Bobby Rush Harmonica
Sam Carr Drums
Darrell Rose Percussion, Djembe, Sabar
Rodney Evans Track Performer, Group Member
Ali Magassa Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Shardé Thomas Fife, Vocals
Otha Andre Evans Bass Drums, Vocals, Group Member
Aubrey Turner Drums, Bass Drums, Group Member
R.L. Boyce Snare Drums, Track Performer, Group Member
Rising Star Fife & Drum Band Track Performer
Souleymane Kané Percussion, Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Willie Dixon Composer
Skip James Composer
Ali Farka Touré Arranger, Composer
Scott Billington Mastering
Steve Reynolds Engineer
Corey Harris Composer, Producer, Author
Robert Petway Composer
Traditional Composer
Jamal Millner Engineer
Jeff Romano Engineer
Jeff Wyner Mastering
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