New CD

Our second CD is currently being recorded. It’s title will most probably be.

Deeggo Teeru

( = 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 in march 2018.


Vocal interventions by many african singers I have worked with in the past will add flavour to many tracks. There will be an animation by Yannick Koy (and counter animation by Coco Malabar) on the soukous track, mandingo singing by Manssata Sora, some pygmies from the rainforest by Ben Ngabo, Mooré lyrics by Aida Dao on the warba, etc.

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.

Umugore W’Ibanga

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.