2015 – WR4667
Official worldwide release date – October 23, 2015 on Whirlwind Recordings Ltd
(Under license for resale from Whirlwind Recordings Ltd)
The Kora Band, an ensemble which integrates the uniquely entrancing timbre of the kora — a traditional 21-string harp from West Africa — into a jazz context, present their third release New Cities and first for Whirlwind. The new album showcases a suite composed by pianist and bandleader Andrew Oliver commissioned by the 2012 Chamber Music America New Jazz Works program.
ANDREW OLIVER – PIANO
KANE MATHIS – KORA & VOCALS
CHAD MCCULLOUGH – TRUMPET
BRADY MILLARD-KISH – BASS
MARK DIFLORIO – DRUMS
The Kora Band doesn’t really sound like any other group. This is an amazing feat, in a century supersaturated with music of every hue, and a convincing testament to the innovative sound of a jazz band successfully incorporating non-Western traditional instruments.
ALL ABOUT JAZZ USA
Impressive…unhurried and consistently inviting.
Modest but mesmerizing, it’s as novel and agreeable a sound as you’ve never heard.
SEATTLE TIMES USA
A fusion of musics into something that is at once modern, thoughtful jazz and innovations upon traditional music.
ALL MUSIC GUIDE
Kane Mathis has developed a remarkable mastery of Mande music…His sound is authentic and spontaneous, good enough to sound like an inside, but relaxed and personal enough to be far more than polished mimicry. It is rare indeed for a non-African to reach this level in any African tradition, particularly such a subtle and demanding one.
In the tradition of [Don] Cherry, Oliver…blends the swing and intellect of American jazz with the divine poetry of West African music.
THE OREGONIAN USA