by Gipsy Kings
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The world's most successful rumba band go back to the basics for their most stirring album yet: an exploration of the centuries-old cante jondo, the "deep song" that is the root of flamenco. Roots features the core of the Kings: the Reyes family of Nicolas, Canut, Andre, Patchai, and Paul, as well as their cousins Tonino, Diego, and Paco Baliardo. They're joined by double-bassist Greg Cohen, known for his work with Tom Waits, Marisa Monte, and Dave Douglas, along with percussionist Cyro Baptista and accordionist Garth Hudson, formerly of The Band. Producer Craig Street, who's brought his dark, string-laden sound to acclaimed albums from Cassandra Wilson and Susana Baca, joined the band near the town of St-Andre-de-Bueges in France’s Languedoc, where they took over a seventeenth-century farmhouse and turned an old storeroom into a makeshift studio. The all-acoustic result is sure to cast these crowd-pleasers in a new light. These remarkable performances expose the primordial throb, descended from Indian and African antecedents, that gives cante jondo its raw, hypnotic quality. Whatever you've thought about the Kings in the past, it's undeniable that the Reyes-Baliardo family is the real deal. By exposing their Roots, the Kings also expose the deep musical heritage behind their crowd-pleasing veneer.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/16/2004
Label: Nonesuch
UPC: 0075597984125
catalogNumber: 79841
Rank: 9395

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Gipsy Kings   Primary Artist
Canut Reyes   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Cyro Baptista   Percussion,Washboard,Shaker
Greg Cohen   Double Bass
Garth Hudson   Accordion
Paul Reyes   Group Member
Andre Reyes   Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Group Member
Nicolás Reyes   Guitar,Vocals,Palmas,Group Member
Paco Baliardo   Guitar,Palmas,Group Member
Tonino Baliardo   Guitar,Palmas,Group Member
Diego Baliardo   Palmas,Group Member
Yacouba Sissoko   Kora
Mikail Baliardo   Cajon
Bachir Mokari   Derboukha

Technical Credits

Gipsy Kings   Composer
Django Reinhardt   Composer
Rubén González   Composer
Craig Street   Producer
Matthew Cullen   Engineer
Gildas Boclé   Producer
Lucien Clergue   Cover Photo
S. "Husky" Hoskulds   Engineer
Xavier Padilla   Composer
Rene Weis   Engineer
Richard Bru   Personal Assistant
Trianon Hall   Administration
Claude Meyer   Administration
Peter Himberger   Executive Producer
Pascal Imbert   Executive Producer

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