Our second CD is currently being recorded. It’s title will most probably be.
( = Harmony Harbour )
It will feature a mix of tracks inspired by various african countries (Rwanda, Senegal, Mali, Burkina Faso, RD Congo) a reggae, a tango (!) and some more “classic” jazz tunes.
It is scheduled to be released sometime in autumn/winter 2017-2018
Some excerpts here in pre-release
This is a 3/4 mbalax-style track. Soumdedioune is a former fishing village that is now a part of Dakar. This track features a haunting theme done on the violin, a guitar solo and a double improvisation (perc + violin in it’s third and final part. As it is a very impressive tune we generally play it at the end of our shows.
Is based on a rwandese 3/4 rhythm which is called Intore. The melody sounds however peruvian. As both are mountanous countries let’s call this a mountain song !
El Sombrero del Gato
It is our hommage to the late Gato Barbieri (hence the title) who was one of the first musicians to develop the ethno-jazz concept. We switch back and forth between tango and milonga within the track.
A slow bossa with the theme played in duet by the double-bass and the violin (in pizz). The title is a brazilianization of the italian word ‘Brontolone’ ( = the grumbler) which is one of the many epithets given to our bass-player Alessio Campanozzi.
This is one of my oldest compo as it dates back to 1982. It is a fine example of how we constantly re-invent our repertoire. The use of the B pedal gives it a very “coltranian” feel. The great solo by Alessio is a good illustration of the interactions between the members of the band.
is an extensive arrangement/rewriting of the traditional west-african song “Sanou”. It features vocals by the senegalese singer Manssata Sora and some kora by Bao Sissoko.
is based on a traditional west-african accompaniement sometimes called “Autorail”. This very joyful tune has been composed in a period of personal loss, the passing away of my father. It evokes for me both his memory and the revenge of life over death.