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A website can be your album?

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on November 9, 2008 by ndiobass


In the end of October I performed with Lawrence Hodge and a young drummer from Finland at Kurpiai Jazz club in Klaipeda, Lithuania. It was the first time I performed in trio with them and it was really exciting. We hit the audience and people were very thankful. I’m sure I’ll spend more time to develop the trio format in the future.

On the way, I had many thoughts about my debut album.

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It’s now many years I’m preparing it and I’m sure it will still take some time. Self- producing an album is quite a challenge. The key question here seems to me: Do I need an album? Is there any better way to share my music with people and get a living from it?

Some days ago I picked up this article posted by Greg Sandoval on CNET -NEWS where he refers to a keynote address of Stephan Jenkins, lead singer of the band Third Eye Blind, where he said he was in favor of releasing singles and suggested that this would help avoid “album filler”.

Jenkins words where somehow misunderstood, but in the substance the idea was that an act’s Web site can supply the cohesive artistic package that albums once delivered. It makes sense to me (and of course doesn’t exclude the possibility of releasing an album too).

You can read the Sandovval’s full article here, as well as Jenkins’ answer.

Tallinn – Paris – Klaipeda

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on October 8, 2008 by ndiobass

Last time, I told you about how I’ll try to keep this blog working.

It’s quite a busy period for me, between some touring in France and some recordings in Estonia with my friend Margus. This guy is really into the bass. Check out some of his world class instruments and gears.He also has a small studio in Tallinn. We are working on some new tracks.

About touring in France, I’m joining again for some dates my friend Diogal from Senegal. He is based in Paris area, where he has a small recording studio too. Diogal released his third album in France this year, in which he explores the musical diversity offered by our native country: Senegal. The album is a tribute to the great Malian musician Ali Farka Touré. Some people see Diogal as the bob Dylan of Senegal. He has collaborated with great artists living in France, like Loy Ehrlich (Hadouk Trio), Daby Touré, Lokua Kanza, Wasis Diop, Louis Winsberg (Mike Stern, Eddie Gomez, Mino Cinélu et Paco Sery).

You can listen to some tracks of his album by visiting the following link at diogal.net . There is also some video.

Together with his band, we’ll perform at the following venues and dates in France:

17 octobre
20h30
Mornant (69)
Espace Cuturel Jean Carmet

21 octobre
21h Paris
Satellit Café 6 décembre Vert-le-Petit (91)


In the end of October (30/31), I’m myself performing with a quartet in Lithuania, at Kurpiai Jazz Club in Klaipeda. In a more jazzy and funky mood. Most of the repertoire are my own material. Kurpiai is somehow the most famous jazz club in Lithuania, nicely located in the old town, and Klaipeda is a special place for me.


I performed there two years ago with my Topoto Band at the Jazz Festival . The audience and organizers were really great, and we had exciting jam sessions in the night.

You can watch some video excerpts on myspace.

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Hope to see you around, and if you have any suggestion, comment, topics you would like me to develop, feel free to drop me some lines.

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