Ginger Baker's Jazz Confusion
Friday June 27, 2014
The Howard Theatre
620 T Street NW, Washington, DC, USA
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1 Footprint (Wayne Shorter)
2 Twelve and More Blues
3 Ain Temouchant
4 Ginger Spice
1 Cyril Davis
3 Aiko Biaye
Ginger Baker, renowned for his work with the Graham Bond Organisation,
Cream, Blind Faith, and Fela Kuti, is back with his first new album in
15 years, Why?, released by Motema Records.
It features his Jazz Confusion band, who have accompanied him on tours
in the UK, Europe and Japan and also on several sold-out dates in the US.
The sound is both a return to Baker�s roots and a new exploration of
the kind of cross-genre, innovative fusion that he has always championed
since his afrobeat years in Nigeria with Fela Kuti in the 70s.
Why? continues that tradition thanks in no small part to Ghanaian percussion
powerhouse Abass Dodoo. The two have worked together for several years
now and it certainly shows; the charged interplay between Dodoo�s explosive
exuberance and Baker�s trademark disciplined insistence has been honed
into a web of complex rhythm that forms the backbone of each piece.
Meanwhile, funk giant Pee Wee Ellis, who got his start as bandleader
for James Brown, lays down line after line of effortless bluesy soul
on the tenor sax; in a quartet where half the musicians are percussionists,
both Ellis and bassist Alec Dankworth are called on to sustain the
melodic element just between the two of them, a challeng