Albums

“New Cities” (2015, Whirlwind Recordings)

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“The Kora Band doesn’t really sound like any other group. This is an amazing feat, in a century supersaturated with music of every hue, and a convincing testament to the innovative sound of a jazz band successfully incorporating non-Western traditional instruments.” – 4 Stars, All About Jazz

“New Cities is an accomplished work.” – Bebop Spoken Here

An inspired third release for The Kora Band, a transatlantic quintet exploring the links between contemporary jazz and traditional West African music.” – 4 Stars, Evening Standard

Available from Whirlwind Recordings, Amazon, iTunes

“Cascades” (2010, OA2 Records)

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“Whether carrying the band through streams of African or Caribbean music, or jazz homegrown in the Pacific Northwest and elsewhere in the United States, Cascades proceeds in a manner that’s unhurried and consistently inviting, in refreshing contrast to other genre-straddling projects of its general type.” – Jazziz

“Cascades treads a careful line here, being cerebral enough to form complex interplay between the traditional kora sounds and modern piano sounds, but more importantly, being able to fuse the musics into something that is at once modern, thoughtful jazz and innovations upon traditional music.” – All Music Guide

Available from: OA2 Records, Bandcamp, iTunes, Amazon, Spotify 

“Just 4 U” (2008, Independent)

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“one of the better world-music releases to come out of the Northwest all year.” – Seattle Weekly

“If fresh organic sounds are an endangered species, then Kane Mathis is Greenpeace. […] Modest but mesmerizing, it’s as novel and agreeable a sound as you’ve never heard.” – Seattle Times

“blends the swing and intellect of American jazz with the divine poetry of West African music.” – The Oregonian

Available from: Bandcamp, iTunes, Amazon, Spotify