An album with an ancient-looking image on the cover, but one that actually represents the continuing tradition of ritual percussion in
the Haitian scene – a fantastic musical legacy that began with voodoo practices in
the 18th century, but which has continued to transform as the years moved on! The rhythms here are wonderfully complex – at a level that's maybe even more sophisticated than some of the Afro-Cuban sounds from Havana, partly because percussion is the only instrumentation on the performances – so the various drums have to carry a lot in
the way of other sonic song elements too! The recording quality is wonderful – vibrant, but never too commercial or polished – and as always with Soul Jazz, the presentation is open and honest, with never any attempt to pander or simplify. Titles include "Patorelle", "Ti Mole", "Doki", "Tichampet", "Indien", "Kalipso", "Banda", "Raboday", and "Bolero".