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Herbie Hancock and Foday Musa Suso

Herbie Hancock and Foday Musa Suso

Herbie Hancock and Foday Musa Suso


Village Life is an album by jazz pianist Herbie Hancock and Foday Musa Suso recorded live in the studio in Japan in 1985. "This quiet, lovely record, in which the Gambian kora virtuoso Foday Musa Suso is given equal billing, was generally ignored when it came out, probably because it fit no one's preconceived idioms -- be they jazz, funk, MTV, or even world music. The only performers are Hancock on a detunable Yamaha DX-1 synthesizer and drum machine and Suso spinning his webs of delicate sound on the zither-like kora Read more on Last.fm
Village Life is an album by jazz pianist Herbie Hancock and Foday Musa Suso recorded live in the studio in Japan in 1985. "This quiet, lovely record, in which the Gambian kora virtuoso Foday Musa Suso is given equal billing, was generally ignored when it came out, probably because it fit no one's preconceived idioms -- be they jazz, funk, MTV, or even world music. The only performers are Hancock on a detunable Yamaha DX-1 synthesizer and drum machine and Suso spinning his webs of delicate sound on the zither-like kora, vocalizing a bit and playing a talking drum -- all in real time in a Tokyo studio. The results are absolutely mesmerizing, with Herbie aligning himself perfectly within Suso's unusual, complex rhythmic conceptions and folk-like harmonies. On the 20-minute "Kanatente," Hancock does introduce some of his own advanced harmonic ideas, and he contrasts and interweaves them with Suso's deceptively simple lines in a splendid jam session that eventually ends in a dance that can only be described as Gambian funk.

This music generates the same feeling of ecstatic well-being as an Indian raga -- and even hardcore jazz fans may find themselves seduced against their will. -Richard S. Ginell" Herbie Hancock (keyboards) Foday Musa Suso (kora, talking drum, vocals) Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..

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