Ginger Baker – Middle Passage – Cassette
Middle Passage is an album by the legendary English drummer Ginger Baker. Released in 1990, it is considered one of Baker’s notable solo works. The album showcases Baker’s prowess as a drummer and his exploration of various musical genres, including jazz, rock, and world music.
“Middle Passage” features a fusion of musical styles and influences, with Baker’s distinctive drumming serving as the driving force behind the compositions. The album incorporates elements of African rhythms, jazz improvisation, and rock grooves, creating a dynamic and adventurous sonic landscape.
With producer Bill Laswell, who mixes African drummers (Ayib Dieng, Mar Gueye, Magette Fall) with fusioneers (Bernie Worrell, Jonas Hellborg, Nicky Skopelitis) and bassists (Jah Wohble and Laswell) to land in a “middle passage” of worldbeat. Not bad at all.
Baker’s collaborations with various musicians on the album further enhance its eclectic nature. The lineup includes talented musicians such as Fela Kuti’s saxophonist Pee Wee Ellis, guitarists Bill Frisell and Nicky Skopelitis, and bassist Jah Wobble, among others. Their contributions bring diverse musical textures and improvisational elements to the tracks.
The tracks on “Middle Passage” often feature intricate rhythms, polyrhythmic patterns, and extended instrumental sections that allow the musicians to showcase their skills and engage in dynamic musical dialogues. Baker’s drumming is at the forefront, driving the energy and providing a solid foundation for the musical explorations.
The album title “Middle Passage” alludes to the historical transatlantic slave trade and serves as a metaphorical exploration of cultural exchanges and musical connections across continents.
“Middle Passage” is highly regarded by fans of Ginger Baker and those interested in adventurous and genre-crossing music. It stands as a testament to Baker’s innovative drumming style and his willingness to push musical boundaries, resulting in a captivating and unique listening experience.
Axion Records 1990
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