Cole has collected and learned to play instruments from all over the globe yet finds much of his inspiration-at least on this vibrant live recording, 11/20/99-in American civil rights history. Nearly every minute of music on 11/20/99, has been dedicated to a range of figures from the canonical (W.E.B. Dubois) to the recent and controversial (Amadou Diallo). While Cole could have very easily resorted to diatribe and posturing, he and his ensemble instead come up music of subtlety and surprising power.
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