In Search of the Lost Riddim


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as of 01/22/2022 (Details)

Jamaican jazz guitarist Ernest Ranglin, at 66 years old, is more adventurous than most musicians half his age. Few could travel to Senegal and record with Baaba Maal and his band, Daande Lenol. Fewer still could make such a successful melding of styles. The secret is that Ranglin becomes a part of the band, trading licks with the kora, letting the others speak loudly, then adding his own distinctive voice to the proceedings. This is very definitely an "African" album, highlighted by some wonderful writing (Maal's "Minuit," in particular, is a standout) and marvelous playing. Ranglin is at the top of his form; he doesn't need long solos to make his point. He's taken his music to the roots, and in doing so, has invigorated himself. An unadulterated delight. --Chris Nickson

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