Jack DeJohnette and Foday Musa Suso: Music from the Hearts of the Masters (2005)
As a jazz drummer, DeJohnette needs no introduction. His command over the drum kit has set him apart since the earliest stages of his career, and his constant innovations as part of the Keith Jarrett trio secured his place in jazz history long ago. With Music From The Hearts of the Masters DeJohnette departs from the traditional jazz idiom almost completely to present a series of compositions blending musical styles and traditions from around the globe, with a particular focus on the Gambian tradition mastered by Suso.
Instead of flooring the listener with bravura displays, these two virtuoso musicians take the less obvious route, combining their voices into an ego-less, fluid whole that invites the listener into the stunning complexity of their music. Taking full advantage of the notoriously challenging koraa 21-string harp-luteSuso weaves an intricate melodic and harmonic web, which Dejohnette compliments perfectly with his distinctively melodic style and unerring rhythmic sense.
A work of rare spiritual and musical clarity, Music From The Hearts of the Masters possesses a quiet strength which grounds Suso's often abstract, sometimes esoteric excursions to create a uniquely contemplativealmost meditativeexperience.
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Track Listing: 1. Ocean wave 2. Ancient techno 3. Rose garden 4. Worldwide funk 5. Kaira 6. Mountain love dance 7. Party 8. Voice of the kudrus 9. Sunjatta keita
Personnel: Jack de Johnette: (drums); Foday Musa Suso (kora and dousinguni)
Record Label: Golden Beams
Style: Beyond Jazz