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Markus Schwartz & Lakou Brooklyn: Kay Sa

Kay Sa


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Markus Schwartz & Lakou Brooklyn return in a new iteration for a new Soundkeeper Recording. Recorded in a church dating from 1864, the mesmerizing sounds of music from Haiti blend with the sophisticated jazz sensibilities of the players and soulful vocals to create sounds both heart-wrenching and life-affirming. Kay Sa was recorded "live" (for the microphones) in a single session.


Personnel

Markus Schwartz: Haitian Rada & Petwo drums, cajon, ride cymbal, miscellaneous hand and foot percussion, vaksinn (bamboo horn), vocals
Monvelyno Alexis: electric guitar, lead vocals, percussion
Bobby Raymond: contrabass, vaksinn, percussion, vocals
Godwin Louis: soprano saxophone, alto saxophone


Tracks

  1. Minis Azaka Listen to a sample
  2. Bye-Ya (Bolero) Listen to a sample
  3. Kay Sa Listen to a sample
  4. Wongòl Listen to a sample
  5. Epistrophy (Rara) Listen to a sample
  6. Sen Jak Pa La Listen to a sample
  7. Bye-Ya (Bolero) (alternate take) Listen to a sample
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Critical Acclaim

"The recording of the album is a very complete exposition of the Soundkeeper philosophy.  It is so well recorded that the tangible feeling of being in the room with the musicians carries across different systems.  I listened to the album in two different rooms, on both speakers and headphones and the live quality shone through on each of them."
- Read the review at TNT-Audio

"Kay Sa is filled with music of verve, spirit and flow.  At its core is the creative Schwartz, playing in a percussive landscape that is as varied and spirited as the music.  He fills the airy soundstage with resonant cascades of drums; the crackle of wood sticks; the bleat from a bamboo horn; the shimmer of his (endless delaying) ride cymbal and his twinkling chimes.  Schwartz is joined by the inventive saxophonist, the young Godwin Louis, who fills Kay Sa with his sax verve and passion at every opportunity.  For instance, on Thelonious Monk’s “Bye-Ya (Bolero)”, (with two variations presented here), Louis lifts to the sky with blossoming surges on his sax, always ready for the next creative tumble or breathy run.  On the softy swinging “Wongol,” (with lead vocalist and guitarist Monvelyno Alexis singing with dignified light banter), Louis’ alto is potent and poignant, filling the air with hot swing, bracing fluid runs and brawny honks.  Rounding out this stellar band is bassist Bobby Raymond, whose contrabass is pungent and resonant.  His solos on both versions of “Bye-Ya” are warm pools of isolated notes, rubbery plucks and elastic holds.  Guitarist and lead vocalist Alexis is another virtuoso: his electric guitar delicately sprite as he fires off fast rhythm guitar chords (such as on the flying title cut, racing on Schwartz’s wood rims) or brims with soft, fleshy colors.  Diament’s production lets all this soulful music breathe: the music projects without any artificial hindrances to dynamics and flowing textures, making for a genre-busting feast of delights."
- From Nelson Brill's Music of Global Reach and Openness at Boston Concert Reviews


Session Photos

A sample from "Minis Azaka"


Ground control

Ground control


Monvelyno

Monvelyno


Markus

Markus


Godwin

Godwin


Bobby

Bobby


Warming up

Warming up


Markus

Markus


Bobby before recording Bye-Ya Bobby before recording Bye-Ya Bobby before recording Bye-Ya

Bobby before recording "Bye-Ya"


Monvelyno before recording Bye-Ya

Monvelyno before recording "Bye-Ya"


Markus' view

Markus' view


Godwin before recording Bye-Ya

Godwin before recording "Bye-Ya"


Markus before recording Bye-Ya Markus before recording Bye-Ya Markus before recording Bye-Ya

Markus before recording "Bye-Ya"


Wonderful vibes in the church

Wonderful vibes in the church


Markus playing Epistrophy

Markus playing "Epistrophy"


The band runs down Sen Jak Pa La

The band runs down "Sen Jak Pa La"


Djouba

"Djouba"