Release date: 10 February 2017
Credits and About
Nicolas Kummert Saxophone
Lionel Loueke Guitar
Nicolas Thys Bass
Karl Jannuska Drums
Produced by Nicolas Kummert
Executive producer: Dave Stapleton
Recorded, mixed and mastered in November and December 2016 at Sunny Side Inc, Brussels, Belgium by Nicolas Lefevre.
Kummert’s quartet brings together four diverse and creative minds in a unified album that will propel him to wide international attention. Six of the album’s 14 tracks are actually duets featuring Nicolas and Lionel, highlighting the free-spirited interaction that has developed between them.
So, why La Diversité? “‘Purity’ doesn’t exist because it is an evolutionary dead-end. Diversity is reality, it is our only way to go. Diversity is today’s toughest challenge, but because purity would lead to extinction, we, as a species, have no choice but to embrace diversity.”
Nicolas’ interest in diversity in music has led him to play with African artists (amoung others) such as Manu Dibango and Keziah Jones, and sees him regularly travel to the continent to play concerts and creative residences.
"This album is the fruit of Kummert's deep knowledge of West African musical culture... a vibrant call for tolerance and openness of mind.”
Jazz Magazine - Revelation Review