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Jazz trombonist Rudd seeks out the elusive Diabate and ensemble in Mali, and the resulting sessions are fresh, exciting, exasperating and completely unique.

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Roswell Rudd: Trombone
Toumani Diabate: Kora
Lassana Diabate: Balaphone
Basseko Kouyate: Ngoni
Henry Schroy: Bass
Sayon Sissoko: Guitar
Sekou Diabate: Djembe
Mamadou Kouyate, Dala Diabate: Vocals

1. Bamako
2. Rosmani
3. Jackie-Ing
4. All Through The Night
5. Hank
6. Johanna
7. For Toumani
8. Mali Cool
9. Sena Et Mariam
10. Malijam
"The connection between Mali and the American blues (and therefore, for many, American jazz) is now accepted popular musicology, regardless of which side of the chicken-or-egg debate you might stand. Musicians on both sides of the Atlantic know it when they hear it, and the smart ones don't give a damn about ethnomusical origins. Kora player Toumani Diabate has long understood the connections between the world's various musical sounds, and has made his name in both traditional Malian music and in a wide range of cross fusions with Americans, Europeans and even Japanese musicians. On MALIcool he takes another step out on the edge, joining free jazz trombonist Roswell Rudd on a unique collaborative project that taps both players' unique ability to stand outside of the expected." - CF, RootsWorld

"'s a surprisingly satisfying combination, perhaps at its best on the loping 'Hank,' the opening 'Bamako,' the almost funky title track and the slow, beautiful 'Johanna' and 'Sena Et Mariam,' the former with particularly striking balafon work and some tidy ensemble playing with the trombone... It's not all successful. The mute Rudd uses for braying soloing on 'Rosmani' makes him sound more like an over-confident kazoo player, there are occasional lapses into shapeless noodling... Part of its charm is a rough and ready feel, and whilst nowhere as great a triumph as that other little jazzman-goes-Manding classic, Hank Jones & Cheick Tidiane Seck's Sarala, it's well worth giving house space to." - Ian Anderson, fRoots

"MALIcool swings with a snappy, sub-Saharan feel and adds credence to that old Latin phrase, "out of Africa, always something new. - All About Jazz (read the complete review)

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