After eight years in New York and numerous travels around the world, her music degree in the pocket, the Californian singer Shola Adisa-Farrar anchored to Paris to give birth to this album: his personal exploration of jazz. At his side, the Parisian pianist Florian Pellissier, knewn for its authenticity and so personal way to live the legacy hard bop. Their collaboration began in the summer of 2013. "Florian's experience and vision typically French jazz coupled with my curiosity for jazz and many forms of music that inspired me the soul, reggae and African rhythms helped create an album at the crossroads of our two worlds, says Shola Adisa-Farrar.
This previously unreleased concert recording from 1980 presents a special confluence in the development of free jazz as a wholly international language, with trumpeter Don Cherry and his personal evolution at the centre of the music.
Continuing to work with Conny Plank, who once again provides a compelling job as producer and engineer, Kraftwerk went right ahead and named their new album after their two remaining members – an understandable enough move. Like the first two albums, Ralf and Florian still has not seen official re-release, for all that one can practically taste Kraftwerk's leap into the beyond on it. Given that this was the last album before the most famous lineup was formed and Autobahn was released, it's appropriate to listen to Ralf and Florian as a harbinger for the future, though perhaps all too easy. Take it on its own terms – a further investigation of electronic possibilities in a more open-ended, less constantly structured fashion than would be the case later – and Ralf and Florian becomes most enjoyable.