In 1999, the jazz pianist Hans Lüdemann from Cologne met the balafon player Aly Keita from the Ivory Coast during a trip to West Africa. Since they hit it off musically right away, they founded Trio Ivoire that has been exploring the connections between jazz and West African music ever since.
Aside from Lüdemann, Aly Keita and the drummer Christian Thomé, the new album “Desert Pulse” features guest musicians Reiner Winterschladen (trumpet) and Ballaké Sissoko (Kora), making the spectrum of sounds even more colourful. The result is music that builds bridges between Africa, jazz and Europe. With its relaxed pace, it represents a counterpoint to the hyped up music of the industrial north.
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