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Music From the Hearts of the Masters

Foday Musa Suso, Jack DeJohnetteAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (April 26, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Golden Beams / Kindred Rhythm
  • ASIN: B0007WQGUO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #369,664 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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A beautiful and special masterpiece. -- Herbie Hancock

Product Description

Deep, mesmeric grooves and melodic wonder arise from the meeting of these two musical forces.

Foday Musa Suso, the innovative Griot and Kora master, is a tireless ambassador of African culture whose solo work and collaborations with the likes of Philip Glass and Herbie Hancock are now considered classics. Jack DeJohnette, one of Jazz music's greatest drummers, has been a part of countless musical milestones from Miles Davis' Bitches Brew to last year's Grammy Nominated Out Of Towners with Keith Jarrett and Gary Peacock. These two undisputed masters of their instruments create a sublime interplay and sound that encompasses world beat, global chill, and contemporary improvised music. DeJohnette's melodic approach to the drums wonderfully complements Suso's virtuosic kora playing, creating an inspired dialogue and a thrilling listening experience.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and refreshing music November 4, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I have to strongly disagree with the person below who criticised this CD as being too repetitive and having too many "repeating cascades". This is a failed attempt to sound like a professional music critic, if this person truly new anything about tribal rhythms of Africa they would know that a strong part of the tradition is based in repetition of percussion and melody as this leads to the inducement of trance-like states for many tribal rituals.

This album actual succeeds in my opinion to bring this beautiful chracteristic of that tradition together with the powerful ability of improvisation that these two "Masters" achieve as naturally as they breath.

If you are looking for traditional Jazz this CD is not for you, but if you love African-Jazz I highly recommend it. I guess the best comparison I could make in terms of how this music made me feel was to the famous Ali Farka Toure/Ry Cooder Duet.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars only two men March 1, 2007
Format:Audio CD
who love playing music could make music that sounds this good. What is amazing is that there are only two instruments here, drums and the kora, a West African 21-stringed contraption that sounds sometimes like a guitar, sometimes like a harp. The music is unique, beginning with laying down a rhythm and then improvising off of it. It evolves from (deceptively) simple to extremely complex. Jack DeJohnette has always been one of my favorite drummers, and there is no disappointment on this CD. Suso is a master at his craft, as well.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Music: The Universal Language October 5, 2005
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There's a timeless quality in music that stretches from the earliest humans to the present, and around the world with a fine-tooth comb. Everyone is affected, and that's why music is oftentimes referred to as the Universal Language.

Jack DeJohnette and Foday Musa Suso experiment with native rhythms and primitive melodies that could come from any region of the globe. Their instruments, as well, can be found just about anywhere. A congenial stringed instrument alongside underlying percussive patterns allow these two veteran artists to draw from common ancestral influences as they improvise.

Pleasant in all aspects, their collaborative performance mesmerizes, soothes, and reflects a kindred spirit. However, they rely on repetitive phrases, repeating cascades, and like rhythms to express each idea, resulting in a session with little variation. Again and again, they roll out similar refrains that lull the audience toward a sleepy afternoon's pleasures.

DeJohnette's drum kit follows the norm, as he emphasizes snare drum, tom-tom and bass drum textures. His crisp articulation and supportive rhythms give the session an underlying current of thunder. Suso's harp-like lyrical catchphrases rebound against a soft layer of "warm fuzzies," giving the session its gentle perspective. Together, they drone for an hour, repeating themes that portray the becalming quality of their music.

It's one of the fundamental purposes for the creation of music: to soothe. DeJohnette and Suso achieve their goal, while the listener is left wanting a little variety.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a masterpiece... April 27, 2008
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this is a masterpiece, make no mistake about it! suso and jack are absolutely unbelievable on this brilliant collaboration yeilding some of the most hauntingly beautiful and technically brillant musical tapestry ever released... The Kora makes such fantastic sounds, like a cross between a guitar and a harp... anyone who listens to this will be an immediate convert for this music as i have become... six stars to this music of genius...
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