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12-05 New Cool Collective big band releases new album featuring Thierno Koite

After a special Record Store Day release and last weeks single, New Cool Collective has released its full big band album featuring Senegalese saxophone player Thierno Koite (Orchestra Baobab). Over the last few years the 19 person big band formation has worked on a lot of different projects including the Amsterdam Uitmarkt and a list of collaborations.

During a tour and recording session in Senegal in 2013, New Cool Collective met up with Thierno Koité after an Orchestra Baobab concert. New Cool had long been fans of Thierno, and Koité was a huge inspiration during the Senegal tour. The musicians exchanged phone numbers and in 2016 they added a new dimension to their connection. Combining forces they found the funds to organise three concerts and a recording session with Thierno in The Netherlands, eventually resulting in a complete album.

The 11 track album combines newly written compositions written together with Thierno as well as a couple of songs from Thierno’s own repertoire and some well known New Cool Collective songs in a new big band arrangement. All over the record you can notice the African influences, the song Yassa is even named after a famous spicy Senegalese dish.

The full album is now available on all music services.

”Most of all, the indomitable conversation of Koité’s alto sax with the big band’s smart West-Afro-Groove turns ‘Featuring Thierno Koité’ into another significant addition to the catalogue of New Cool Collective.” – Flophouse Magazine

”New Cool has always drawn influences from the Caribbean and West Africa but Koite’s melodies give the band that extra tropical swing” – NRC

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