Red Earth

Red Earth

by Dee Dee Bridgewater
     
 

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Multiple award-winning vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater delivers an astounding masterwork complete with an entrancing set of original compositions and four reworked jazz classics on Red Earth. It is her ode to Mali and Africa -- the story of a lost child finding her way home. Singing in the spirit that calls on her African and Malian ancestry and with reverence for

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Multiple award-winning vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater delivers an astounding masterwork complete with an entrancing set of original compositions and four reworked jazz classics on Red Earth. It is her ode to Mali and Africa -- the story of a lost child finding her way home. Singing in the spirit that calls on her African and Malian ancestry and with reverence for jazz vocalists such as Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald at their best, Bridgewater exudes the artistic depth she is revered for around the world. Recorded in Mali and featuring some of its most respected artists, this ambitious concept recording explores Malian and other African jazz roots on such songs as "Bani" (Bad Spirits), "Sakhodougou" (The Griots), "Oh My Love," and "Massane Cissé" (Red Earth). When it was written, "Bambo" (No More), composed by Tata "Bambo" Kouyaté, was so powerful that it led the government to abolish forced marriage in the 1960s. In addition to including "Bambo," such prominent female vocalists and outspoken women's rights advocates as Oumou Sangaré, Ramata Diakité, rising star Mamani Kéita, and Fatoumata "Mama" Kouyaté, the latter being hailed as the "golden voice of Mali," are prominently featured. "Bani," "Sakhodougou," and "Massane Cissé," which originated in the 12th and 13th centuries, are told in the oral tradition of "the Griots." In deference to the importance of these traditions, Bridgewater features lauded griots (musical and otherwise) Kassé-Mady Diabaté, up-and-coming talent Kabiné Kouyaté, Bassékou Kouyaté, Toumani Diabaté, and Baba Sissoko. On the jazz side, Bridgewater revisits "Afro Blue," previously released in 1974, with a new beginning, beautiful accentuation, and skillfully elongated lyrics. A favorite among jazz and folk vocalists, Nina Simone's "Four Women" also serves as a brilliant new showcase for Bridgewater's amazing vocals. This compelling song is reintroduced via an Edsel Gomez arrangement. Bridgewater weaves her emphatic emotions and storytelling expertise throughout Simone's heartfelt lyrics and simply holds you spellbound, compelling you to replay it more than once. For fans of Dee Dee Bridgewater, this masterwork is yet another brilliant testament to her linguistic versatility. On the Grammy-nominated J'Ai Deaux Amours, released in 2005, she sang in French as well as in English on a collection of French cabaret-style songs. With Red Earth she takes you into the depths of the African diaspora complete with references to several native dialects. This CD was nominated for a Grammy award in 2007 for Best Jazz Vocal Album.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/28/2007
Label:
Emarcy
UPC:
0602517438293
catalogNumber:
000909102
Rank:
73623

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dee Dee Bridgewater   Primary Artist,Vocals
Oumou Sangare   Vocals
Ira Coleman   Bass
Cheick Tidiane Seck   Hammond Organ,Background Vocals,fender rhodes,Calebasse,Karignan
Yakhoba Sissokho   Kora,Soloist
Djelimady Tounkara   Guitar,Soloist
Benogo Diakite   Soloist,Kamalngoni
Minino Garay   Percussion,Cymbals,Drums,Caxixi,Cajon
Lansine Kouyate   Balafon
Fatoumata Kouyaté   Vocals,Background Vocals
Moriba Koïta   Soloist,Ngoni
Moussa Sissikho   Djembe,Soloist
Aly Wagué   Flute
Bassekou Kouyate   Soloist,Ngoni
Edsel Gomez   Piano
Maré Sanogo   Doum-doum
Mamadou Diabate   Kora
Mamani Keita   Vocals,Background Vocals
Ramata Diakité   Vocals
Modibo Kouyaté   Guitar
Adama Tounkara   Ngoni
Kabiné Kouyaté   Vocals,Background Vocals
Baba Sissoko   Vocals,Background Vocals,Ngoni
Lamine Tounkara   Doum-doum
Djelimady Tankara   Guitar,Soloist
Jacob Soubeiga   Guitar
Djifli Mamadou Sanogo   Djembe
Habib "Dia" Sangaré   Bolon
Cherif Samano   Kora
Amy Sacko   Vocals,Background Vocals
Cheick "Sékou" Oumar   Djembe
Lassy "King" Massassy   Rap
Alou Kouloubali   Calebasse
Fatou   Background Vocals
Gabriel Durand   Guitar
"Petit" Adama Diarra   Djembe

Technical Credits

Nina Simone   Composer
Wayne Shorter   Composer
Gene McDaniels   Composer
Oscar Brown   Composer
Dee Dee Bridgewater   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Liner Notes
Ira Coleman   Arranger
Mongo Santamaría   Composer
Cheick Tidiane Seck   Arranger,Producer
Minino Garay   Arranger
Moussa Sissoko   Tama
Edsel Gomez   Arranger,Composer
Jean-Paul Gonnod   Engineer
Yves Wernert   Engineer
Jean Luc Barilla   Artwork
Sekou Kouyate   Arranger
Jean Marie Durand   Producer
Baba Sissoko   Arranger,Composer,Tama
Lassy "King" Massassy   Composer
"Pepito" Sekouba Kouyaté   Tama
Alisse Kingsley   Public Relations
Tulani Bridgewater Kowalski   Liner Notes,Title Design
Xavier Lefevre   Intern

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