The Toure-Raichel Collective - The Tel Aviv Session (3 stars)

The Toure-Raichel Collective - The Tel Aviv Session

Superb guitar work from Vieux Farka Touré spoiled by insipid piano tinkling from Idan Raichel

A collaboration between Israeli pianist Idan Raichel and Malian guitarist Vieux Farka Touré, The Tel Aviv Session brings together African, European and American traditions. Best known as an electric player, VFT switches to acoustic guitar, using his fleet-fingered virtuosity to expand on his father Ali Farka Touré’s desert blues style. His quicksilver runs and haunting chordal patterns are ably supported by the superb Yossi Fine. Raichel’s adaptation of the kora’s rippling harmonics to the piano is ingenious, but he has a tendency to slip into trite call-and-response routines, while his insipid Keith Jarrett-inspired tinkling adds a too-tasteful sheen to the others’ knotty magic.

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