Vieux Farka Toure
Son of late Malian guitar giant Ali Farka Touré, Vieux may be only three albums into his career but already is creating a new synthesis sound that blurs distinctions between genres, continents, and time itself. Just as Ali reconciled African and Delta blues, Vieux's inspired juggling of ancient and modern threads that wind as far afield as avant-garde rock and jazz results in fiercely compelling music. The title track of Vieux's new The Secret is from Ali's last recording session, father and son seamlessly blending their guitars on Mali's characteristic drones and terse, clustered phrasing, also the foundation for Vieux's other forays. Those include a flamenco-tinged jazz escapade with John Scofield, blues-rock explorations with slide master Derek Trucks, soul and funk implications with Ivan Neville's organ and Dave Matthew's vocals, plus the occasional hovering spirit of Hendrix; but all in a thoroughly Malian context of rhythms and melodies. This tour features Touré in what's being touted as a power trio context, with bassist Mamadou Sidibe and drummer Tim Keiper.
Sun., Sept. 11, 7:30 p.m., 2011
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