On his Engine Studios debut Sylvain Leroux enlists legendary vibes/piano player Karl Berger and a Haitian percussionist to make a record that combines West African music, conservatory jazz, and Caribbean music. This unique mix of instrumentation and Creole cultures creates a unique jazz/world music experience.
Guinean griot Mamady Kouyate reconstructs and expands the electric West African sound from the 1960s and 1970s. His intricate single line melodic guitar playing and sweet horn section sit atop a powerful rhythm section of drums, bass and percussion.
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