Album Remarks & Appraisals:
Malian kora player Ballaké Sissoko is set to release a new album titled 'At Peace' on February 5, 2013 on Six Degrees Records. Sissoko describes it as a continuation of the work he did with cellist Vincent Segal in his previous critically acclaimed album, Chamber Music. "I didn't want to do Chamber Music all over again," says Sissoko, "I wanted to work on its continuation."
Vincent Segal participates again. Just like on Chamber Music, Segal put his skills as a musical director to work. As it was on Chamber Music, the set-up for At Peace was intimate and only the most essential tools were used, avoiding unnecessary production tricks & overdubs. The focus was on spontaneity, and priority was given to first takes. The word "peace" included in the title of the record is not used casually or just as some rhetorical tool.
'At Peace' was recorded in Angouleme (in Western France) in the studio of jazz bass player Kent Carter. It gathers Sissoko's long time trusted musical companions. In addition to Vincent Segal, the album also features Aboubacar "Badian" Diabaté on twelve string guitar, the discrete and essential Moussa Diabaté, his ideal partner on the six string guitar and Fasséry Diabaté, whose outlines on the balafon were also featured on the Tomora and Chamber Music albums.
BallakT Sissoko is kora royalty. Ballake has recorded two fine solo albums, Deli and Tomora (both on Label Bleu), and lots of collaborative ones. This isn't an album that will sweep you off your feet with its danceable rhythms, but will delight you with its artistry and integrity.
Mojo (Publisher) (p.96) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Sissoko seems content with the way the world is on this....Perfectly pitched for summer."
Audio Mixer: Philippe Teissier Du Cros.
Recording information: Ballaké Sissoko's Courtyard, Bamako, Mali (01/20/2011); Studio Juillaguet, Angoulême (01/20/2011); Ballaké Sissoko's Courtyard, Bamako, Mali (07/27/2012-08/03/2012); Studio Juillaguet, Angoulême (07/27/2012-08/03/2012).