sábado, 28 de junho de 2014

Ginger Baker - Why?

Ginger Baker - Why? - 2014

Famed as the powerful drummer who propelled the rock bands Cream and Blind Faith (among others), Baker is at least as steeped in jazz. He collaborated with Afrobeat icon Fela Kuti, and has led a jazz trio that also included guitarist Bill Frisell and bassist Charlie Haden. African-influenced jazz forms the backbone of Baker’s latest album, “Why?"

It’s a collection balanced between original material like the jaunty, polyrhythmic opener “Ginger Spice,” and Baker’s interpretations of Wayne Shorter’s “Footprints” and Sonny Rollins’ “St. Thomas.” There’s also “Aiko,” an adaptation of a Nigerian folk song. Baker recorded the album with his current touring band: saxophonist Pee Wee Ellis, bassist Alec Dankworth and percussionist Abass Dodoo, along with vocals contributions from Kudzai and Lisa Baker on the title track, which is billed as Baker’s deeply personal reflection on his life.

01. Ginger Spice
02. Twelve and More Blues
03. Cyril Davis
04. Footprints
05. Ain Temouchant
06. St. Thomas
07. Aiko Biaye
08. Why?


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