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After recording the first two tracks of their new album in a few hours, Karavan Kosmiko road tested the rough mixes in a car outside the studio. Despite the heavy rains, at least one stranger on Manhattan’s Lower East Side joined Dana Hanchard and Jimmy Cruiz dancing in the street!
I’m psyched and honored that Famorro Diabate has invited me to join his group Kakande. Amongst other engagements we will play monthly at the Shrine.
McCoy Tyner and the Mandingo Ambassadors. McCoy Tyner is true jazz royalty. He’s recorded over 50 albums as a leader and, with John Coltrane, Jimmy Garrison, and Elvin Jones, created the sound which critics refer to as John Coltrane’s “Classic Quartet.” This group’s transcendent sound completely changed the course of music. Sitting down with him for a discussion was one of the great honors of my life.
The Mandingo Abassadors are a classic band, half from West-Africa and half from Brooklyn. Their leader Mamady Kouyate, from Guinea is best known as the guitarist in the classic Bembeya Jazz National.
Ismael Kouyate – vocals; Mamady Kourouma – guitar; Oran Etkin – tenor sax & clarinets; Sylvain Leroux – flute, tambin and alto sax; Andy Algire – drums; Nick Cudahy – bass and Mamady Kouyate – guitar.
Two of my first guitar students, Ben and Nate, started a band called Regret the Hour. This song is aproaching 25,000 hits on YouTube. So I imagine they are going places. I also teach the bassist on this recording, Nikolai.