Simply divine. The Touré-Raichel Collective is composed of the highly lauded Vieux Farka Touré (Mali) and Idan Raichel (Israel), who were brought together during a serendipitous encounter at a German airport.
The Tel Aviv Session is the product of an impromptu afternoon jam session that took place after the duo's performance at the Tel Aviv Opera House in November 2010. The entirely improvised acoustic recoding features Vieux and Idan, as well as Israeli bassist Yossi Fine and Malian calabash player Souleymane Kane. A little mind blowing to think that this was all off the cuff - insane talent.
The entire album is streamable below, and we are pretty much beside ourselves here. A must listen. Be sure to catch these gentlemen on their North American tour as well - tour dates after the jump.
Thu/Apr-12 – Washington, DC – The Hamilton
Fri/Apr-13 – New York, NY – City Winery
Sat/Apr-14 – New York, NY – City Winery
Sun/Apr-15 – Somerville (Boston), MA – Somerville Theatre
Mon/Apr-16 – Minneapolis, MN – Dakota Jazz Club
Tue/Apr-17 – Platteville, WI – Platteville Center for the Arts
Thu/Apr-19 – Chicago, IL – Old Town School of Folk Music
Sat/Apr-21 – Atlanta, GA – Rialto Center For The Arts
Sun/Apr-22 – Los Angeles, CA – Echoplex
Mon/Apr-23 – Santa Cruz, CA – Kuumbwa Jazz Center
Thu/Apr-26 – San Francisco, CA – Herbst Theatre
Sat/Apr-28 – Seattle, WA – Triple Door