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July/August 2006

World Drummers Ensemble
A Coat of Many Colors
Summerfold Records

Similar in some respects to Mickey Hart’s Planet Drum, former King Crimson drummer Bill Bruford has assembled his own all-star international percussion group to explore the interconnectedness of world rhythms. Bruford mans a full drum set and is joined by fellow traps drummer Chad Wackerman, West African griot Doudou N’Diaye Rose and Afro-Cuban percussion master Luis Conte. Together they groove relentlessly and emphatically on eight highly orchestrated pieces before live audiences at the Koninklijk Theatre in Amsterdam and the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels.

The band hits a hypnotic accord on the title track and on Mamadou’s slow grooving “Baye Kene N’Diaye.” And Bruford pays tribute to a personal hero with his take on Max Roach’s “Self Portrait,” underscored by a percolating 6/8 groove. The group closes with Mamadou leading the four through his lively “Sa N’Diaye.”

This DualDisc comes with a 15-minute video that documents the ensemble in concert.

Originally published in July/August 2006
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