A thirty hour bus trip in Mali. The album title, Bamako by Bus, was inspired by just such a trip Daniel Freedman - the world class percussionist - took as he ventured to explore new genres from around the world. Freedman gives us a taste of that journey in an electrifyingly innovative jazz recording packed with exotic flavors and mouth watering musicianship.
The sources of influence upon which Freedman and his ensemble draws are staggering in number. At times I stopped and asked myself, “Is this the same disc?” Its global reach spans from jazz to African - Afro-Moroccan Gnawa, West African Malian, Yoruba Afro-Cuban prayer chant -, Cuban, Brazilian, funk, and Regga. The myriad influences merge into a breathtaking new land of musical textures. And we have the collectivity of incredible talents in New York City to thank for bringing it all to life.
One notable quality of the recording: never does Friedman take drum solos. He is, of course, fully capable, but instead applies complementary accents and accompaniment to his compositions to give them the right touch. Bamako by Bus is a fulfilling recording, so much so that it’s impossible for me to name a favorite track. I suspect the sound samples provided on this page will help you see why.
Produced by Daniel Freedman
Recorded By Eric Elterman at East Side Sound June 2009
Additional Recording by Daniel Freedman and Frederik Rubens
Mixed by Jean-Luc Sinclair
Additional Mixing by Michael Perez Cisneros
Mastered by Matthew Agoglia at Masterdisc
Design Coordinator GoodBlu
Photos by Annelise Howard Phillips
Graphic Designer Matthew Fraher
Text by Lacey Fekishazy
Styled by Mister Lee
Drummer and Percussionist Daniel Freedman was born in New York City and grew up in a musical family. In high school he studied with Max Roach, Billy Higgins, Vernel Fournier and later traveled to study with master drummers in West Africa and Cuba. He has played and recorded with artists such as Tom Harrell, Wynton Marsalis, Slide Hampton, Roy Hargrove, Claudia Acuna, Omar Faruk and Toumani Diabate.
Avishai Cohen, trumpet Lionel Loueke, guitar and vocals Jason Lindner, keyboards Meshell Ndegeocello, bass Omer Avital, acoustic bass (track 7) Daniel Freedman, drums, percussion Pedrito Martinez Abraham Rodriguez, vocals and percussion Mark Turner, tenor saxophone Joshua Levitt, Ney (Arabic flute) Yosvany Terry Davi Viera Mauro Refosco, additional percussion
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