Red Earth (Dee Dee Bridgewater album)

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Red Earth
Red Earth (Dee Dee Bridgewater albumcover).jpg
Studio album by
Dee Dee Bridgewater
ReleasedApril 17, 2007
RecordedAugust 24-27, 2006 at Studio Bogolan
November 1-7, 2006 at Studio Davout
GenreJazz, Vocal, R&B
Length69:40
LabelUniversal/DDB Records/EmArcy Records (EmArcy – 602517228290)
ProducerJean Marie Durand, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Cheick Tidiane Seck
Dee Dee Bridgewater chronology
J'ai Deux Amours
(2005)
Red Earth
(2007)
Eleanora Fagan (1915-1959)
(2009)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
All About Jazz4.5/5 stars[1]
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[2]
The Guardian4/5 stars[3]
PopMatters9/10[4]

Red Earth is a 2007 studio album by Dee Dee Bridgewater. It carries the subtitle "A Malian Journey" to celebrate and explore her African and Malian ancestry. Nominated for Best Jazz Vocal Album at the 2008 Grammy Awards, it reached Number 16 on Billboard's Top Jazz Album chart.

Reception[edit]

John L. Walters of The Guardian stated "After a few underwhelming "crossover" projects, US singer Dee Dee Bridgewater has made a cracking album that unites great jazz singing with the Malian griot tradition. Red Earth is neither fusion nor compromise but a happy meeting of African musicianship and Afro-American romanticism. Mostly recorded in Bamako, it includes several Malian songs: a sparkling version of Kasse Mady Diabaté's Bad Spirits (Bani), featuring Toumani Diabaté, and a joyous duet with Ramata Diakité on the latter's Mama Don't Ever Go Away (Mama Digna Sara Ye). Bridgewater makes a point of incorporating music and performances by several fine women singers and writers: Oumou Sangare, Mamani Keita, Fatamata "Mama" Kouyaté (on the bluesy title track) and Tata Kouyaté on Bambo (No More), her famous protest against forced marriage. An amazing cast of Malian musicians make classics such as Afro Blue and Long Time Ago (Wayne Shorter's Footprints with lyrics) sound reborn, giving Nina Simone's Four Women new depth and power. Wonderful."[5]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Dee Dee Bridgewater, except as noted.

  1. "Afro Blue" (Oscar Brown, Jr., Mongo Santamaría) (5:11)
  2. "Bad Spirits" (5:49)
  3. "Dee Dee" (Bridgewater, Baba Sissoko) (2:57)
  4. "Mama Don't Ever Go Away" (5:39)
  5. "Long Time Ago" (Bridgewater, Wayne Shorter) (6:48)
  6. "Children Go 'Round" (6:05)
  7. "The Griots" (6:04)
  8. "Oh My Love" (6:03)
  9. "Four Women" (Nina Simone) (5:24)
  10. "No More" (4:45)
  11. "Red Earth" (5:17)
  12. "Meanwhile" (Bridgewater, Edsel Gomez) (4:25)
  13. "Compared to What" (Lassy "King" Massassy, Gene McDaniels) (5:21)

All tracks recorded in Bamako (Mali) At Studio Bogolan except tracks 11, 12 and 13 recorded in Paris at Davout studios.

Personnel[edit]

  • Ira Coleman - Bass
  • Minino Garay - Cajon, Caxixi, Cymbals, Drums, Percussion
  • Cheick Tidiane Seck - Calebasse, Fender Rhodes, Karignan, Hammond organ, Background vocals
  • Dee Dee Bridgewater - Vocals
  • Baba Sissoko - Background vocals
  • Edsel Gomez - Piano
  • Lansiné Kouyaté - Balafon
  • Habib "Dia" Sangaré - Bolon
  • Alou Kouloubali - Calebasse
  • Lassy "King" Massassy - Rap Vocals
  • "Petit" Adama Diarra - Djembe
  • Cheick "Sékou" Oumar - Djembe
  • Djifli Mamadou Sanogo - Djembe
  • Moussa Sissikho - Djembe, Soloist
  • Maré Sanogo - Doum-doum
  • Lamine Tounkara - Doum-doum
  • Aly Wagué - Flute
  • Gabriel Durand - Guitar
  • Modibo Kouyaté - Guitar
  • Jacob Soubeiga - Guitar
  • Djelimady Tounkara - Guitar, Soloist
  • Benogo Diakite - Kamalngoni, Soloist
  • Mamadou Diabaté - Kora
  • Cherif Samano - Kora
  • Yakhoba Sissokho - Kora, Soloist
  • Adama Tounkara - Ngoni
  • Moriba Koïta - Ngoni, Soloist
  • Bassekou Kouyate - Ngoni, Soloist
  • "Pepito" Sekouba Kouyaté - Tama
  • Moussa Sissoko - Tama
  • Ramata Diakité - Vocals
  • Oumou Sangare - Vocals
  • Fatou - Background vocals
  • Mamani Keïta - Vocals, Background vocals
  • Fatoumata Kouyaté - Vocals, Background vocals
  • Kabiné Kouyaté - Vocals, Background vocals
  • Amy Sacko - Vocals, Background vocals

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2007) Peak
position
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[6] 93
French Albums (SNEP)[7] 53
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[8] 86
US Jazz Albums (Billboard)[9] 16

References[edit]

  1. ^ GREENLAND, TOM (October 16, 2007). "Dee Dee Bridgewater: Red Earth: A Malian Journey". All About Jazz. allaboutjazz.com. Retrieved 20 November 2017.
  2. ^ "Dee Dee Bridgewater: Red Earth". Allmusic. allmusic.com. Retrieved 20 November 2017.
  3. ^ Walters, John L (15 Jun 2007). "Dee Dee Bridgewater, Red Earth". The Guardian. theguardian.com. Retrieved 30 May 2018.
  4. ^ Layman, Will (10 December 2007). "Dee Dee Bridgewater: Red Earth". PopMatters. popmatters.com. Retrieved 30 May 2018.
  5. ^ Walters, John L (15 Jun 2007). "Dee Dee Bridgewater, Red Earth". The Guardian. theguardian.com. Retrieved 30 May 2018.
  6. ^ "Ultratop.be – Dee Dee Bridgewater – Red Earth - A Malian Journey" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved November 2, 2013.
  7. ^ "Lescharts.com – Dee Dee Bridgewater – Red Earth - A Malian Journey". Hung Medien. Retrieved November 2, 2013.
  8. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Dee Dee Bridgewater – Red Earth - A Malian Journey". Hung Medien. Retrieved November 2, 2013.
  9. ^ Dee Dee Bridgewater - Red Earth Awards. Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved November 2, 2013.
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