The Source (Tony Allen album)

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The Source
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Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 8, 2017
StudioMidilive Studio, Villetaneuse, France
GenreJazz, Afrobeat
LabelBlue Note
ProducerBertrand Fresel, Vincent Taurelle
Tony Allen chronology
A Tribute to Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers
The Source

The Source is an album by drummer Tony Allen recorded in 2017 and released on the Blue Note label.[1]


Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[3]
All About Jazz3.5/5 stars[4]
The Guardian4/5 stars[5]

Response was positive, with Metacritic assigning the album an aggregate score of 83 out of 100 based on 9 critical reviews indicating "Universal acclaim".[2] The AllMusic review by Matt Collar called it "an earthy, majestic, endlessly inventive album that caps both his own storied career and points the way toward the future" observing that "On The Source, he balances both his jazz and Afrobeat sides, delivering buoyant songs that are equal parts funky jams, harmonic engagements, and modal workouts".[3] On All About Jazz, Mark Sullivan noted "African and French musicians playing American jazz, recorded on analog tape: this is fusion of a special kind".[4] In The Guardian, John Lewis said "The Source builds on Allen’s recent mini-LP of Art Blakey covers, but this time he and musical director Yann Jankielewicz invoke other jazz legends".[5] Pitchfork's, Ben Cardew stated "On this hybrid album of jazz and Afrobeat, long-time Fela Kuti drummer Tony Allen makes the complex sound effortless. Rarely has percussive innovation sounded this downright satisfying".[6]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Tony Allen and Yann Jankielewicz except where noted

  1. "Moody Boy" – 6:33
  2. "Bad Roads" – 5:48
  3. "Cruising" – 6:01
  4. "On Fire" (Tony Allen, Jean Phillippe Dury) – 6:17
  5. "Woro Dance" – 6:39
  6. "Tony's Blues" – 5:00
  7. Wolf Eats Wolf" – 5:37
  8. "Cool Cats" – 4:22
  9. "Push and Pull" (Allen, Jankielewicz, Indy Dibongue) – 5:56
  10. "Ewajo" – 5:34
  11. "Life Is Beautiful" – 6:26



  1. ^ Blue Note Records catalog accessed November 20, 2017
  2. ^ a b "The Source by Tony Allen - Reviews". Retrieved 2017-11-20.
  3. ^ a b Collar, Mat. Tony Allen: The Source – Review at AllMusic. Retrieved November 20, 2017.
  4. ^ a b All About Jazz Review, accessed November 20, 2017
  5. ^ a b Lewis, J. The Guardian Review, September 8, 2017
  6. ^ a b Cardew, B. Pitchfork Review September 6, 2017