Unbelievably good music. It is heavily inspired by jazz but there is a hell of a lot more here than just jazz. Listen, smile, enjoy, be cool. This one speaks to me like walking with my people. I can't wait for the vinyl!
Favorite track: Cumbia Yaya.
Electric Monkey Sessions refers to the sound studio in Amsterdam North where the recordings were made. A new studio for the band, and a new style of recording, which means a whole new vibe compared to previous albums. New Cool Collective has drawn inspiration from Senegalese Orchestra Baobab, as well as psychedelic cumbia, Cape Town, Italian cinema and many major jazz heroes.
Electric Monkey Sessions features two unique tracks recorded at a beach-side studio in Dakar with local musicians the band met on one of their many international adventures.
released November 14, 2014
Benjamin Herman - Saxophones, Flute
David Rockefeller - Trumpet, Trombone, Flugelhorn
Rory Ronde - Guitar (tracks 1 - 8)
Willem Friede - Keyboard Instruments
Leslie López - Electric Bass, Baby Bass
Joost Kroon - Drums, Timbales
Jos de Haas - Timbales, Bongo, Percussion
Frank van Dok - Congas
Anton Goudsmit - Guitar (track 9)
Special Guests on tracks 9 & 10
Baba M'Bengue - Vocals
Oumar Sow - Guitar
Mamadou Conare - Guitar
Alioune Seck - Percussion
All compositions by New Cool Collective
(Van Dok, Friede, De Haas, Herman, Kroon, López, Rockefeller and Ronde)
Sa Jikko Jii (Mamadou Conare, Omar Pen, arr. Oumar Sow)
Casa Di Mansa (Oumar Sow, Baba M'Bengue, arr. Mamadou Conare)
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