Markus Schwartz | Tanbou Nan Lakou Brooklyn / Haitian Drums in the Brooklyn Yard

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Tanbou Nan Lakou Brooklyn / Haitian Drums in the Brooklyn Yard

by Markus Schwartz

Afro-Haitian percussionist assembles some of the top artists from the Haitian Jazz & Mizik Rasin (roots music) genres— along with several giants from the New York City jazz world. The result is an intoxicating blend of Haitian Vodou drums, Jazz and World
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Ountò (Spirit of the Drum)
5:07 $0.99
2. Kongo Piga Djol Yo
3:42 $0.99
3. Danbala
5:33 $0.99
4. Legba Nan Barye A
3:52 $0.99
5. Cecia
4:31 $0.99
6. Solo Tanbou Ti-Roro
4:07 $0.99
7. Seremoni Tiga
5:35 $0.99
8. Sa'm Fe Moun Yo, Bondye
5:28 $0.99
9. Koze Tanbou’m
1:42 $0.99
10. Gede Drum-n-Bass
3:53 $0.99
11. Sa'm Fe Moun Yo (Acoustic Reprise)
6:43 $0.99
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Percussionist Markus Schwartz has been a key player in the naissance of the Haitian Jazz movement in New York City and beyond, and with "Tanbou Nan Lakou Brooklyn", Markus assembles some of the the brightest lights of the Haitian Jazz & Mizik Rasin (roots music) genres— along with several giants from the NYC jazz world. The result is an intoxicating blend of Vodou drums, Jazz and World music stylings.

From Haiti: Dadi Beaubrun (Boukman Eksperyans/Lataye), Eddy Francois (Boukman/Boukan Ginen), Erol Josue and James Germain, plus Haitian jazz artists Eddy Bourjolly (Mozayik), Buyu Ambroise (Blues in Red), Jean Caze & Jowee Omicil.

plus Special Guests: drummer Jeff Ballard (Chick Corea, Brad Meldau, Joshua Redman), tenor sax Jacques Schwarz-Bart (Sone Ka La, Roy Hargrove, D’Angelo) & bassist Ugonna Okegwo (Tom Harrell, Jacky Terrason, Bruce Barth)

Born in Denmark, Markus Schwartz grew up in an American household surrounded by Jazz, and has devoted the last twenty years to learning the wealth and complexity of traditional Haitian religious music. Moving in and out of Haiti since the early 1990s, Markus followed the lead of Haitian percussionists on pilgrimages into the countryside to learn the intricate and powerful drumming styles of the various lakou—historic religious compounds—such as Badjo, Soukri and Souvenance.

Once settled in Brooklyn, Markus became a sought-after drummer at Haitian religious ceremonies, and was instrumental in creating the ground-breaking Haitian Jazz quintet Mozayik, bringing his informed arrangements of Vodou rhythms to Jazz versions of American standards, Haitian traditional songs and Mozayik’s original compositions. Markus has since recorded and/or performed with many of Haiti's finest musicians, including “Queen of Haitian Song” Emeline Michel and Hip-Hop superstar Wyclef Jean.

“This album is like Papa Legba holding a party at the crossroads where the great Haitian Master drummer
Ti-Roro meets John Coltrane and they mix it up for a while. Best of all, we get to listen in... a fabulous fusion of Black musical styles blended and melded into a fresh and welcome innovation.”

–Elizabeth McAlister, author, "Rara! Vodou Power and Performance in Haiti and its Diaspora", and producer, "Angels in the Mirror-Vodou Music of Haiti" & "Rhythms of Rapture: The Sacred Musics of Haitian Vodou."



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reginald vaval

Tanbou nan lakou Brooklyn
Great work ! I enjoyed every cut on it. This album is a great tribute to Haitian Jazz. Haitian (aka Voodoo) Jazz should be here to stay.It is an integral part of what is called (sometimes erroneously) "Latin Jazz". Haitian Jazz should be right there with Cuban jazz, Brazilian Jazz, Peruvian Jazz etc ... Rara ( Haitian folkloric ) rhythms and jazz harmonies/improvisation is an explosive mix, and should be exploited by those who speak these two musical languages. This album definitely earned its place in that library.

Gro Bagay !!!Mesi Ampil.

Alphonse Piard, Jr.

A jazz suite encompassing a fusion of black musical languages
Fourteen years after his solo debut “Simido”, percussionist Markus Schwartz delivers another astonished and complex album inspired mostly from his rich experience with the Haitian culture as a whole. Released on November 1st, 2008, “Tanbou Nan Lakou Brooklyn” represents another gem to add to the royal crown of the rich Haitian Musical Experience. The drummer/percussionist ventures down complex avenues and calls on old musician friends and Jazz talents from the New York/international jazz scene to put his ideas into acoustic sounds and expressive colors.

Flanked by an impressive cast of highly qualified musicians, Mr. Schwartz, meticulously assembled a collection of past experiences stamped by profound, comprehensive Lakou learning and a clear vision for a multi-form black musical language; an eclectic expression of the Black Diaspora. From a first look we might tend to doubt the effectiveness of such a choice. Putting so many talented musicians together to produce so many different pieces could lead to a different result than the one intended. But as we listen to this second opus from the co-founder of acclaimed Haitian Jazz band Mozayik, we simply marvel at the wondrous interaction by the entire roster of players, sans the intrusion of the cult of personality. The diverse aspect of the line-up is instrumental in this achievement.

KariJazz salutes the open character of this album as well. Every musician was provided a significant space to bestow elegant statements that enrich their already prosperous repertoire. Samba Erol Josue, one of our most beautiful voices, continued to reach new heights especially in both versions of the incantation “Sam Fè Moun Yo Bondye”.

The late Jean Claude Garoute, with a cavernous voice, preambles “Seremoni Tiga” and provokes goose bumps for the listener. This piece is a tribute to our late genius of the art. It later reveals an energetic jam between Omicil and Schwarz-Bart rocking their instruments over a funky environment provided by bassist Chico Boyers playing inside the Kavalye Ounto rhythm of Lakou Souvenance. The CD also reveals Markus as a multi-talented musician/vocalist in quest of a unique expression based on a systematic exploration of “Rasin” music associated with various percussive instruments (mbira, sekere, ect…), musical styles and forms. But there is a firm willingness to remain under the Haitian musical umbrella.

The result is a collection of diverse pieces expressing many influences ranging from incantation inspired from our religious patrimony, to straight ahead jazz. The Afro-Haitian Jazz Suite included within this mosaic of styles is beautifully done, especially the soothing Danbala with a lilt of Yanvalou, and the very inviting Cecia based on a refreshing Afro rhythm. The clarity Eddy Bourjolly evinces as he plays on Cecia, no doubt grounded at least in part in his experience playing with Markus for years, instills his playing with love and passion. Exceptional solos by Buyu Ambroise and Jean Caze on Danbala backed up by drummer Jeff Ballard and Ugonna Okegwo , one of the most distinctive and sought-after jazz bassists in the world. These solos are so well done that the listener might not even notice them. They form a cohesive ensemble within the piece. There is a flavor of “Blues in Red” in the rendition of Danbala. Well Done Guys!

KariJazz strongly declares this project is one that every Haitian Jazz/music aficionado should have. Markus delivers here a tribute to Ti Roro and a stupendous homage to the Haitian culture. We are delighted by the orientation of this project since we have been advocating this “back to the roots” to figure out who we are and how we can proudly nurture a unique and original musical expression. To conclude we will borrow a quote from the liner notes by Professor Elizabeth McAlister “This album is like Papa Legba holding a party at the crossroads where the great Haitian Master drummer Ti-Roro meets John Coltrane and they mix it up for a while. Best of all, we get to listen in... a fabulous fusion of Black musical styles that are like languages blended and melted into a fresh and welcome innovation.”

Steven White

Proud to be Haitian
This album is modern fusion of many different styles, but at the heart of every cut is pure Haiti. Markus has presented the essence of Haitian Rhythm and sensibility in all its variety. The Jazz and African influence never dilute, they only amplify the pure spirit of Haiti.