Argile & African Heat
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Argile was formed by flutist Dieter Weberpals who obviously has a fascination with the music of West Africa, South America, India and the Orient. Barry Sangare from Mali provides vocals, N'goni - and his djembe playing is one the best examples I have heard of the instrument being utilized in a more "western" style band. Gert Kilian, on djembes and congas, is also a fine balaphon player. The ensemble is rounded out with Robert Hofmann on guitar/bass and Werner Treiber on traps and vibes. The music on "Koko" is a fascinating blend, with the dominant root being traditional Mandeng djembe and griot style compositions. Within a given tune the flow can seamlessly transition from a total "roots" feeling through deep FUNK and onward into soaring flights of jazz. There's a sense of Herbie Mann meets Mamady Keita, with all the musicians fully participating as soloists in an on-going musical conversation.Read More...
On this first album, the compositions are consistently diverse, interesting and very well executed! Dieter Weberpals seems to have the knack of finding great musicians AND creating a context where they ALL shine.