memory. Tony Allen (Anyroen), who died last year, and Fela Kuti (Fela Kuti) co-created “African Beat”, his inspiration has not changed.
IFela Kuti said, this is what Fela Anikulapo-Kuti said: “Without Tony Allen, there would be no Afrobeat.” The person who is still considered the father of this musical style salutes people in justice and justice. Tony Allen, drummer and artistic director of Nigerian musicians, is closely related to the history of Afrobeat, a musical chorus born at the turn of jazz, funk and more traditional African music.
Then, the original Afrobeat will make sounds and sounds, with fixed words. Political influence is influenced by the demands made by Martin Luther King, Malcolm X and Black Panthers, among other factors. In Nigeria, swallowed by the military government, Afrobeat sounds like the music of resistance to successive military regimes that greedily divert inexhaustible oil. These predation behaviors were condemned by Fela Kuti in the anthology concert until he saw his house destroyed by the army or imprisoned.
Tony Allen was able to accompany the legendary musician for 14 years. But beyond that, Tony Allen is also a talented drummer, and British musician Brian Eno once said that he is “perhaps the greatest drummer of all time”.Judgment shared by a very keen magazine Rolling Stone In 2016, he ranked 33rd out of 100 musicians and is the best drummer of all time.
We met with him at the Paris record company where he lived from 1986 to his death in 2020. If he knows French, he still chooses to answer in English. The Nigerian musician watched indifferently, a granite statue standing upright on the corner of the sofa, and reporters’ waltz followed him to interview him. But the quiet masked face suddenly became alive, speech blending and candid conversation. He immediately warned: “I don’t like interviews very much, you know. I repeat it and sometimes bother me. »Then we watched the repeated questions with concern on the blackened notebook, and then realized Tony Allen (Tony Allen) Eyed, his obvious composure quickly gave way to his musical communication. His music.
After a long journey, Tony Allen finally signed the prestigious Blue Note label, but as he pointed out, the philosopher said: “Everything was done on time. This is the right time and right. Project. I definitely want to make a jazz album. Last album Life movie, It sounds jazzy, but not so clear, like source. Then I want to make an album that I don’t sing. I am tired of singing. I want to make a purely instrumental album, listening to music only. Blue Note is the only label that can produce this pure jazz sound. “
source, Bronze album, providing powerful and original sound. So far, it is not surprising for those who know Tony Allen’s already dense work. source It sounds like it is rooted in the jazz tradition, while providing a certain degree of uniqueness. Bronze, rhythmic, flexible and present at the same time, this “Allenian” method provides composition when jazz is the rhythm, path, and goal. We think we recognized the original source of the dense flow, but eventually lost our way due to the sudden turbulence. Classic and novel, this is the driving force behind this album.Therefore, the title may be “Source”: “When we left the record, we thought of a few names. Then the title collaborated with the label Blue Note, the idea of which was source. I like it right away because the title is meaningful. The source is a good way to describe this album. A priori, this is a jazz album, but it doesn’t sound like contemporary jazz. This is a jazz fusion album. It blends my old style, which is why there is original music and classical jazz. No one has ever done this before. But we can see that according to each idea, other things can be found. “
According to Tony Allen, the titles are mysterious or poetic to each other, and these names also carry “meaning”. He spoke suddenly and added: “You know, it’s not just thinking, but thinking.” The music itself told me what to call it. She has her own say (smile). Moody boy, Cool cat, Edo Castle, Dance… All these titles were told to me by her.E.g. title Wolf eats wolf, I can’t say Dog eats dog. To me, music is gorged, not a dog, and I obey her decision. “
source It is an album whose musical structure is firmly based on the most classic jazz: the drum of this structure. Trombone player Daniel Zimmermann (Daniel Zimmermann), saxophone player Rémi Sciuto, double bass player Mathias Allamane or keyboard player Vincent Taurelle all bring personal style in a unique way, just like Cameroonian guitarist Indy Dibongue, The sound of the guitar is different. Tony Allen’s generosity, every musician has seen the enhancement of his instruments on the 11 instruments on the album: Nicolas Giraud’s trumpet is in “Bad Roads” , Mathias Allamagne’s double bass is on “Crusin”, Jean Philippe Dary’s piano Rémi Sciuto is the baritone in “Woro Dance” , Jean-Jacques Elangue’s tenor in “Cool Cat’s”, Daniel Zimmerman’s trombone in “Wolf Eats Wolf”, “On Fire”.
We met a well-known person, he is the former Fuzzy Orchestra or Gorillaz pop singer Damon Albarn (Damon Albarn), but most importantly, he is a genius experimenter and feels about African music Crazy. Tony Allen has collaborated on multiple projects through this curious and creative jack-of-all-trades. In 2006, he formed a super band with him, “The Kind”, “Bad Ass” and “Queen”, which also included the former bassist Paul Simonon of “The Clash”. Then in 2012, they released an album of the same name under the name of super band Rocket Juice and The Moon, with funk and African rhythm sounds.Tony Allen remembers: “I was mixing in London, he happened to be next to the studio, listened to it, and absolutely wanted to play a song. He played the piano Cool cat. We are friends. In any case, if you are not my friend, I will not let you close to me (laughs). I won’t let you get close to my music either. I must also see the person playing and see how they feel about the music. I want to believe”
with source It is the record company’s first original album, and Tony Allen has paid tribute to Art Blakey. To be precise, Blake art is Tony Allen’s great influence. The legendary American drummer, a tenacious father, re-read through the beautiful EP of four albums in 2017. Tribute to Art Blakey. The four standards of America’s most African jazz drummer are Tony Allen’s re-examined “Tunisian Night”, “Politely”, “Drum Thunder Suite” and “Moanin”. The latter recalled that Art Blakey once said, “Black people are beautiful”, and he wanted to return to African music sources.
Tony Allen also called this method for whom: “African music goes beyond verbal expression. Music itself is a form of language: for example, what percussion music says, you must listen to the music carefully. I speak I didn’t open my mouth with a battery. Maybe this is the hallmark of African music. Art Blakey knew where he came from. He jazzed in his own way. He traveled and lived with people who played drums and percussion in a non-academic way. He has been to Nigeria in Ghana. He was able to return to the United States and show that his playing style is different.”
Tony Allen rejected this academicism, but he seemed to feel good in the hands of new jazz musicians, and in his opinion, the definition of jazz is completely undefined: “Jazz is jazz, nothing more [Le jazz est le jazz, c’est tout]. It depends on who is talking about it and what instrument they are playing. This is the power of jazz. Me, I am a drummer, so I have my own definition. The problem is that it becomes unified, because all contemporary jazz musicians have gone through the same music school.This training limits them Ring All in the same way, all moving in the same direction. There are very few different ways of playing. These have something in common. Physically speaking, all over the world. And in their music, they have received various influences. “