Monday, August 18, 2008

Bahia Black - Ritual Beating System

From All Music Guide:
"Bahia Black was a short-lived band featuring Brazilian singer, songwriter, percussionist, guitarist and vocalist Carlinhos Brown and his ten-piece drum ensemble, Olodum. Joined by American jazz musicians including Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Bernie Worrell, Henry Threadgill and producer Bill Laswell, the group recorded one memorable album, Ritual Beating System, in 1992...A musical rollercoaster from start to finish, Ritual Beating System jolts us with its abrupt mood changes, yet never really strays from a percussive Brazilian-oriented theme...It takes an open-minded bunch to play something as pretty as "Guia Pro Congal" one minute and something as dissonant and abstract as the "outside" jazz number "Gwagwa O De" the next (my favorite track - Burning Dervish). And similarly, it will take open-minded listeners to fully appreciate this unpredictable CD.

Bahia Black - Ritual Beating System