Jacques Schwarz-Bart – Soné Ka-La 2 (Odyssey) (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 55:21 minutes | 620 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Yellowbird Records
Odyssey is first and foremost a tribute to the Africans who crossed the Atlantic tied in chains, and found the strength to create arts and music that have reshaped and elevated the modern world.
The original Sone Ka-La came out in 2005. The band toured nearly thirty countries, and inspired many young musicians from Europe, the Caribbeans, the US and even Japan. After creating Sone Ka-la, like Ulysses, Jacques Schwarz-Bart left his island to explore different worlds and realities. Hence the subtitle: Odyssey. Fifteen years later, he is back to his Ithaca, his musical landscape of Guadeloupe, with a new vision of the original concept. Sone Ka La 2 Odyssey‘s main innovation is to fuse the singing and the saxophone into one voice, carrying the melodies, might they be tumultuous, angular, mysterious or serene. It is the first jazz project with such trademark. Secondly, instead of two Gwoka Drums, one of the Gwoka masters plays the drums, transferring the traditional language to a modern instrument. Finally, there are more contemporary sounds throughout, from the keyboards, the frequent presence of electric bass, and generous use of effect pedals on the saxophone. With the rich experience from his Odyssey, JSB plants his feet firmly into the musical ground he forged years ago, to propulse his creative mind further than ever before.
1. Jacques Schwarz-Bart – Pa Gadé
2. Jacques Schwarz-Bart – Mendé
3. Jacques Schwarz-Bart – Konk a Lambi
4. Jacques Schwarz-Bart – Ron Jack
5. Jacques Schwarz-Bart – Love Will Win
6. Jacques Schwarz-Bart – Zero Gravity
7. Jacques Schwarz-Bart – Ami Bongo
8. Jacques Schwarz-Bart – First Light
9. Jacques Schwarz-Bart – New Padjanbel
10. Jacques Schwarz-Bart – Tandé