Red Earth [Bonus DVD]

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All Music Guide - Paula Edelstein
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Paula Edelstein
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 version of Red Earth includes a bonus DVD.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/15/2007
  • Label: Emarcy
  • UPC: 602517228306
  • Catalog Number: 000954800

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Afro Blue (5:11)
  2. 2 Bad Spirits (5:49)
  3. 3 Dee Dee (2:57)
  4. 4 Mama Don't Ever Go Away (5:39)
  5. 5 Long Time Ago (6:48)
  6. 6 Children Go 'Round (6:05)
  7. 7 The Griots (6:04)
  8. 8 Oh My Love (6:03)
  9. 9 Four Women (5:24)
  10. 10 No More (4:45)
  11. 11 Red Earth (5:17)
  12. 12 Meanwhile (4:25)
  13. 13 Compared to What (5:21)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Motherland
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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
Benogo Diakite Soloist, Kamalngoni
Toumani Diabaté Kora, Soloist
Minino Garay Percussion, Cymbals, Drums, Caxixi, Cajon
Lansine Kouyate Balafon
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 Keïta 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 Jr. Composer
Dee Dee Bridgewater Arranger, Composer, Producer, Liner Notes
Ira Coleman Arranger
Mongo Santamaría Composer
Doug Sax Mastering
Cheick Tidiane Seck Arranger, Producer
Djali Madi Tounkara Contributor
Minino Garay Arranger
Moussa Sissoko Tama
Edsel Gomez Arranger, Composer
Jean-Paul Gonnod Engineer
Yves Wernert Engineer
Jean Luc Barilla Artwork
Jean Marie Durand Producer
Sanwook "Sunny" Nam Mastering
Baba Sissoko Arranger, Composer, Tama
Patrick Savey Documentation
Lassy "King" Massassy Composer
Sékou "Bassékou" Kouyaté Arranger
"Pepito" Sekouba Kouyaté Tama
Alisse Kingsley Public Relations
Tulani Bridgewater Kowalski Liner Notes, Title Design
Xavier Lefevre Intern
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