Ali and Toumani is the second and final album
pairing the late Malian guitar virtuoso Ali Farka Toure and kora master
Toumani Diabate . Recorded over three afternoons at London's Livingston
Studios in 2005, with contributions from the late Orlando Cachaito
Lopez (Buena Vista Social Club) on bass, Ali and Toumani is the
follow-up to the duo's Grammy Award-winning In the Heart of the Moon.
The new album was produced by Nick Gold and recorded by Jerry Boys, the
same production team behind the collaboration's first effort. It is the
also the last album recorded by Ali Farka Toure, who passed away on
March 7, 2006. The duo's new release presents their usual playfulness,
effervescence, and mastery in further exploration of songs reaching
back into both musicians' pasts.
The album was recently named CD of the Week by WNYC's Soundcheck and has received a stellar 8.3 rating on Pitchfork.
Pitchfork reviewer Joe Tangari says the recordings on the
album "are uncommonly beautiful." He credits late Malian guitarist
Touré with having contributed "a great deal of marvelous recorded music
to the world" and says of Diabaté that "his mastery of the harp-like
kora is complete." Performing together, they "seem to inhabit the same
Right from the album opener, Touré's "playing is so supple and
intuitive that he sounds like a much younger man," while he and Diabaté
go on to "brilliantly display their telepathic sympathy" as the album
unfolds. Tangari praises the "uncompromising intimacy" with which the
album was recorded, explaining: "You get the feel of two of the world's
greatest musicians in a room together, having a conversation and
creating a document that will carry their legacy into the future."
Read the complete review at pitchfork.com.