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World Music CD Reviews World Fusion

World Drummers Ensemble

By Robert Kaye
Published March 16, 2007

A Coat of Many Colors
Summerfold 015

As could be expected when four of the world’s most venerated drummers/percussionists assemble in concert, this combination CD/DVD is a dynamic interplay of rhythmic genius and derring-do. Featuring the masterful Bill Bruford on drums, the quartet is equally augmented by Latin percussionist Luis Conte, Senegal’s near-legendary Doudou N’Diaye Rose on sabar and gorom babass, and the roaring young lion Chad Wackerman on second drumset. If polymetric percussion is one’s proclivity, this album reigns supreme. The quartet plays its compositions and those by other drummers. WDE’s virtuosi adroitly trade solos, exchange cadences and, as is evinced by the film performance, have a bang-up time. Two quibbles, however: 1) Why isn’t there anyone representing the celebrated classical Indian percussion tradition?, and 2) The liner notes are misleading: the DVD/video portion is only 14 minutes long, not 68 minutes as described, instead referring to the bonus audio tracks. Alas, were it only so!