13 Songs, 1 Hour 12 Minutes


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5 out of 5

5 Ratings

5 Ratings

Landmark CD...

Ken Watters

I began hearing tracks from "Sone' Ka-La" shortly prior to its US release. I instantly knew that it was going to change some things in several seemingly unrelated musical genres SIMULTANEOUSLY (pretty uncommon nowadays - a time when most music tends to be fairly compartmentalized)...

Jacques grew up in Guadeloupe, French Antilles - a land who's popular music in called "zouk." Zouk, or "Kompa" is a very specific brand of dance music that originated in Haiti before spreading its influence to the greater French Caribbean, most notably Guadeloupe, Martinique, Dominique, St. Lucia, etc... This music on "Sone' Ka-La" is unmistakably influenced by the sounds of Jacques' upbringing (an entire musical world in itself), but these flavors are only a fraction of what this project represents.

Jacques is an "A-List," world-renowned jazz saxophonist, regularly performing with the likes of Roy Hargrove, Erykah Badu, Eric Benet, Meshell N’degeocello, Mario Canonge, James Hurt, Danilo Perez, Soulive, Ari Hoenig & David Gilmore, to name a few...
All of Jacques' "envelope-pushing" musical tendencies converge with mind-blowing success on this musical suite -- "Sone' Ka-La" IS indeed a complete, cohesive work & should be listened to in order, from begininning to end (although the tracks do stand well on their own)...

This is, to me, the work of a lifetime - Jacques Schwartz-Bart has created a masterpiece.

-Ken Watters
(jazz trumpeter / Summit recording artist / Bach artist / Jacques' bandmate - Tabou Combo / friend & fan)



This cd is one of the best purchases I made this year. It is a wonderful project from start to finish. Jacques Schwarz-Bart takes you on a beautiful musical journey. I find it to be very soothing and relaxing at the end of a hard day and just perfect for my drive home in traffic.

I hope Jacques enjoyed creating this body of work as much as I enjoy listening to it.

If you are a jazz enthusiast this is a must for your collection!

Simply the best


Simply the best album I have heard in years. A concept album. Every tune is a gem, and takes its place in the overall construction, like the movement of a symphony.
The use of gwoka drums, while uplifting and driving the spirit of the music, creates a unique texture that feels like the wind bouncing over the sea.
It is rare these days to hear musicians who dare to be themselves and try new ways. It is even more rare when it is done so masterfuly, both in the writing and the playing, and always at the service of a profound artistic emotion.
A masterpiece.

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