Riyel

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All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
Upon first glance, Riyel (pronounced "ree-yell") is a jazz trio that seems simple in its instrumentation of trumpet, trombone, and electric bass guitar. But with the addition of many extra friends, this band based in Haiti is much more powerful and resilient, just as the people who survived their earthquake-ravaged island nation. With American expatriate Ken Watters (son of the late and famous Harry Watters) alongside Andre Atkins and Yves Abel, this band creates a smorgasbord of ethno-funk, tapping on traditions from Port Au Prince, other Caribbean locales, and Africa itself. Very similar to bands like Antibalas or Nomo, Riyel plays exuberant, celebratory music, good...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
Upon first glance, Riyel (pronounced "ree-yell") is a jazz trio that seems simple in its instrumentation of trumpet, trombone, and electric bass guitar. But with the addition of many extra friends, this band based in Haiti is much more powerful and resilient, just as the people who survived their earthquake-ravaged island nation. With American expatriate Ken Watters (son of the late and famous Harry Watters) alongside Andre Atkins and Yves Abel, this band creates a smorgasbord of ethno-funk, tapping on traditions from Port Au Prince, other Caribbean locales, and Africa itself. Very similar to bands like Antibalas or Nomo, Riyel plays exuberant, celebratory music, good for dancing and staying in the present. While many tracks come alive with the rhythm & blues-styled horns that shout out and leap from the speakers, trumpeter Watters is in many instances the focal point. His composition "Sommerset Road" and the Abel/Atkins contribution "Big Money" both groove in a tribal manner reminiscent of South African township jazz, but done in a purely Haitian dialect. Some choral music, sweeter waltz sounds, pronounced clarion horns, and Abel's popping bass are also accounted for. What one might not expect is the heavy and loud Led Zeppelin tune "Four Sticks" done in 5/4 time, or a version of the modal Joe Henderson fusion era, wah-wah-infused "Black Narcissus," or trombonist Atkins going vocal for Hector LaVoe's "Aguanile." From one surprise to the next, with a good-time feeling always present, Riyel has come up with one of the most stunning and joyous world music projects of the 2010s -- and a tribute to the indomitable spirit of their otherwise ravaged and horrified people. Profits from the sale of this CD will go to the Haitian Relief Fund, another positive aside to this extraordinary musical effort.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/13/2010
  • Label: Summit(Classical)
  • UPC: 099402515922
  • Catalog Number: 515
  • Sales rank: 282,512

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Port-Au-Prince - Riyel (6:05)
  2. 2 Sommerset Road - Riyel (4:58)
  3. 3 Pathfinder - Riyel (6:33)
  4. 4 Talk To My Dog - Riyel (3:54)
  5. 5 Big Money - Riyel (4:45)
  6. 6 We Don't Know You Anymore - Riyel (4:12)
  7. 7 Four Sticks - Riyel (4:18)
  8. 8 Yvalou - Riyel (4:53)
  9. 9 Black Narcissus - Riyel (5:44)
  10. 10 Aguanile - Riyel (5:00)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ken Watters Primary Artist, Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Group Member
Yves Abel Acoustic Bass, Group Member
Abel Pabon Piano, Keyboards
Andre Atkins Trombone, Vocals, Group Member
Mushi Widmaier Piano, Keyboards
Dadou Pasquet Guitar, Soloist
Kevin Bales Piano, Keyboards
Ralph Condé Guitar
Denair Ceide Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Andrew Atkinson Drums
Alix Nozille Percussion, Conga
Berman André Percussion
Frantz Timothé Drums
Tom Mitchell Alto Flute, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Reginald Petit-Homme Drums
Peter Bendji Allonce Percussion, Conga
Yves Joseph Conga
Wid Pierre Percussion
Technical Credits
Jimmy Page Composer
Robert Plant Composer
Joe Henderson Composer
John Paul Jones Composer
Héctor Lavoe Composer
Yves Abel Composer, Producer
John Bonham Composer
Dave Darlington Mastering
Fabrice Rouzier Cover Photo
Frank Miret Engineer
Andre Atkins Composer, Producer, Cover Design, English Translations
Daniel Traynor Cover Design
Jacques Schwarz-Bart Engineer
Ken Watters Composer, Producer, Liner Notes, Cover Design
Pamela Watters Cover Design
Ginou Oriol translation
Beth Norwood translation
Marianne Reat translation
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