Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Ginger Baker - Middle Passage

This is pretty much a Material record, but with Ginger having a hand in writing most of the tracks. The line-up is what marks it as essentially Material:

Ginger Baker - drums, perc
Jah Wobble - bass
Jonas Hellborg - wal midi bass, fretlessbass, acoustic Bass
Bill Laswell - bass, six string bass
Nicky Skopelitis - 6 & 12 string guitar, coral sitar, electric banjo, fairlight
Faruk Tekbilek - ney, zurna
Bernie Worrell - hammond org.
Aïyb Dieng - doff, dumdek, talking drum
Mar Gueye - abar (hand drum)
Magette Fall - tama

This is a great world-fusion type record. It is an easy record to put on and "miss" entirely as background music, but it rewards careful, and repeated listens...

Ginger Baker - Middle Passage