To the extent senegal has a jazz tradition; it's all mixed up. And thats basicaly a good thing senegalese saxophoniste abdoulaye ndiaye is equally at home playing with a kora or piano, something he demonstrates over and over again on Taoue. He aims here to integrate his instrument within two contexts. The american jazz quartet , and the west african jazz ensemble. Ndiaye Abdoulaye debut has an interesting split personality his lyrical soprano voice runs a long a coursing stream bubbling up now then but always moving forward punching out tight units. Manga dansety knotted strikingly virtuostic kora solo. The straight ahead piece on taoue are solid; but senegalese tune are downright brilliant that make sense really given the who and what involved
- Nils Jacobson (All Music Guide)
Taoue (Justin Time) is an Abdoulaye N'Diaye release produced by David Murray. In one of the meatier portions of "Aduna," singer Tidiane Gaye flows Islamic-inflected Wolof vocalizations, after a remarkable kora improvisation, as the performance frees itself into a liberating Afro-jazz romp coda with brain-opening soprano sax closing choruses. N'Diaye's Senegalese musical heritage is avowedly influenced by American jazz sax players as well as his classical conservatory education in Europe. The strong writing and playing of this young musician is at ease with traditional African material, per "Casa Leule," or irresistibly tribal jazzy melodious reedings on "Xarrit Sama." N'Diaye musters any technique available to a saxophonist with a repertoire ranging from bebop, such as "Cobb's Cat"-with an enriched Dave Burrell piano solo-to the relentless marching swing of "Wakhtane" or the hip, sultry, mainstream jazz ballad "Darn That Dream." N'Diaye has enviable intonation, range, intelligence and chameleonic skills as a soprano, alto and tenor sax polyglot.
- Javier Quinones