Sarala

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All Music Guide - Alexander Gelfand
This must surely be one of the most unusual items in Hank Jones' catalog. Few people would probably associate Jones -- one of the finest pianists that jazz has ever known, and a man who has played with everyone from Charlie Parker to Tony Williams -- with contemporary Afro-pop; yet this album is an infectiously grooving example of just that, featuring the remarkably versatile pianist alongside a stellar cast of musicians from the West African nation of Mali. At first glance, the Malian pop music that is featured on this cross-cultural outing would seem to be light-years from the kind of harmonically sophisticated jazz that Jones has played throughout most of his long ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alexander Gelfand
This must surely be one of the most unusual items in Hank Jones' catalog. Few people would probably associate Jones -- one of the finest pianists that jazz has ever known, and a man who has played with everyone from Charlie Parker to Tony Williams -- with contemporary Afro-pop; yet this album is an infectiously grooving example of just that, featuring the remarkably versatile pianist alongside a stellar cast of musicians from the West African nation of Mali. At first glance, the Malian pop music that is featured on this cross-cultural outing would seem to be light-years from the kind of harmonically sophisticated jazz that Jones has played throughout most of his long and distinguished career. The chord changes that ordinarily undergird Jones' elegantly constructed solos are conspicuously absent from Malian music, which derives much of its unique flavor from the complex rhythmic interplay between electric guitars, keyboards, and traditional African instruments. Nonetheless, Jones plays this material as if he were born to it. His solos, while brief, beautifully straddle the line between his own personal style and the equally distinctive sound of his Malian bandmates; and his lines mesh perfectly with the mesmerizing rhythmic accompaniment provided by the rest of the ensemble. And quite an ensemble it is; some of the biggest names in Malian pop are featured on this album under the direction of leader Cheick-Tidiane Seck, and traditional instruments like the n'goni lute and balafon xylophone are given plenty of solo space. In addition, every track features a traditional Malian praise-song delivered by a powerful lead vocalist and a full complement of backup singers. An unlikely partnership, perhaps, but one that yields extraordinary results.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/16/1996
  • Label: Verve France
  • UPC: 731452878328
  • Catalog Number: 528783

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Aly Kawélé - Aly Wagué (1:03)
  2. 2 Sarala - Cheick-Tidiane Seck & The Mandinkas (5:47)
  3. 3 Maningafoly - Cheick-Tidiane Seck & The Mandinkas (7:23)
  4. 4 Tounia Kanibala - Cheick-Tidiane Seck & The Mandinkas (7:52)
  5. 5 Komidiara - Cheick-Tidiane Seck & The Mandinkas (6:58)
  6. 6 Fantagué - Cheick-Tidiane Seck & The Mandinkas (8:20)
  7. 7 Mâké - Cheick-Tidiane Seck & The Mandinkas (7:06)
  8. 8 Walidi Ya - Cheick-Tidiane Seck & The Mandinkas (7:02)
  9. 9 Soundjata - Cheick-Tidiane Seck & The Mandinkas (7:15)
  10. 10 Hank Miri - Cheick-Tidiane Seck & The Mandinkas (4:55)
  11. 11 Hadja Fadima - Cheick-Tidiane Seck & The Mandinkas (8:24)
  12. 12 Moriba Ka Foly - Moriba Koïta (1:03)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Hank Jones Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Piano
Cheick Tidiane Seck Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Percussion, Hammond Organ, Stick, Tambourine, Vocals, Hand Clapping, Track Performer, Doum-doum
Ousmane Kouyate Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Kante Manfila Guitar
Amina Annabi Vocals
Sekouba Diabate Bass Guitar
Assitan Keita Percussion, Background Vocals, Hand Clapping
Mama Kouyate Vocals
Jorge Amorim Percussion
Djely-Moussa Condé Kora
Kassé-Mady Diabaté Vocals
Sékou Bembya Diabaté Bass Guitar
Tom Diakité Percussion, Vocals, Background Vocals
Lansine Kouyate Balafon
Djeli Moussa Kouyaté Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Fatoumata Kouyaté Vocals
Moriba Koïta Lute, Track Performer
Moussa Sissikho Djembe
Eric Vinceno Double Bass
Aly Wagué Flute, Track Performer
César Anot Percussion, Bass Guitar, Background Vocals, Hand Clapping
Manian Damba Background Vocals
Maré Sanogo Djembe, Doum-doum
Technical Credits
Jean-Philippe Allard Executive Producer
Cheick Tidiane Seck Arranger, Director, Producer
Didier Marc Mastering
Moussa Sissikho Tama
Philippe Abadie Engineer
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