The Touré-Raichel Collective is a band led by Israeli keyboardist and songwriter Idan Raichel and Malian guitarist Vieux Farka Touré, and their latest album The Paris Session is a reminder of the unique power of music to bridge geographic, ethnic, political and religious differences.
Both are icons in their home countries as well as abroad. Vieux, son to Grammy winning guitarist Ali Farka Toure, has five albums to his credit and has played all over the world, including the 2010 FIFA World Cup opening ceremony. Idan is a legend in his home country of Israel, not just for his remarkable musical ability, but also for his work with newly arrived returnees of the Jewish diaspora, including Israel's Sephardic community, who integrate traditions of Spain, North Africa, and the Mediterranean.
Raichel has been quoted as saying, “[The Touré-Raichel Collective] creates a new imaginary island located somewhere between Bamako and Tel Aviv.” I couldn’t agree more. The Paris Session presents modern jazz through a kaleidoscope of influences and cross-cultural explorations. It is a gem of collaboration and improvisation and is informed by the melodic and rhythmic traditions of both cultures, a highlight being a stripped-down, piano-with-voice version of the song “Diaraby,” written by Ali Farka Touré and featured on his landmark collaboration with Ry Cooder, the LP Talking Timbuktu.
Stream the a preview of the LP below and purchase it here