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    Pitchfork: 8.3 for "Ali and Toumani," an "Uncommonly Beautiful" Album, Captured with "Uncompromising Intimacy"

    Ali Farka Touré and Toumani Diabaté's second and last album together, Ali and Toumani, is due out in the US in two weeks and is available for pre-order in Nonesuch Store with the exclusive bonus track "Kenouna." The album was recently named CD of the Week by WNYC's Soundcheck and has received a stellar 8.3 rating on Pitchfork.

    Pitchfork reviewer Joe Tangari says the recordings on the album "are uncommonly beautiful." He credits late Malian guitarist Touré with having contributed "a great deal of marvelous recorded music to the world" and says of Diabaté that "his mastery of the harp-like kora is complete." Performing together, they "seem to inhabit the same mind."

    Right from the album opener, Touré's "playing is so supple and intuitive that he sounds like a much younger man," while he and Diabaté go on to "brilliantly display their telepathic sympathy" as the album unfolds. Tangari praises the "uncompromising intimacy" with which the album was recorded, explaining: "You get the feel of two of the world's greatest musicians in a room together, having a conversation and creating a document that will carry their legacy into the future."

    Read the complete review at pitchfork.com.

    To pre-order Ali and Toumani now, with an exclusive bonus track "Kenouna," visit the Nonesuch Store.

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Pitchfork: 8.3 for "Ali and Toumani," an "Uncommonly Beautiful" Album, Captured with "Uncompromising Intimacy"

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Ali Farka Touré and Toumani Diabaté's last album together, Ali and Toumani, was recently named CD of the Week by WNYC's Soundcheck and has received a stellar 8.3 on Pitchfork. The site says the album's recordings "are uncommonly beautiful," captured with "uncompromising intimacy," giving "the feel of two of the world's greatest musicians in a room together, having a conversation and creating a document that will carry their legacy into the future."

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Ali Farka Touré and Toumani Diabaté's second and last album together, Ali and Toumani, is due out in the US in two weeks and is available for pre-order in Nonesuch Store with the exclusive bonus track "Kenouna." The album was recently named CD of the Week by WNYC's Soundcheck and has received a stellar 8.3 rating on Pitchfork.

Pitchfork reviewer Joe Tangari says the recordings on the album "are uncommonly beautiful." He credits late Malian guitarist Touré with having contributed "a great deal of marvelous recorded music to the world" and says of Diabaté that "his mastery of the harp-like kora is complete." Performing together, they "seem to inhabit the same mind."

Right from the album opener, Touré's "playing is so supple and intuitive that he sounds like a much younger man," while he and Diabaté go on to "brilliantly display their telepathic sympathy" as the album unfolds. Tangari praises the "uncompromising intimacy" with which the album was recorded, explaining: "You get the feel of two of the world's greatest musicians in a room together, having a conversation and creating a document that will carry their legacy into the future."

Read the complete review at pitchfork.com.

To pre-order Ali and Toumani now, with an exclusive bonus track "Kenouna," visit the Nonesuch Store.

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