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Album · 1994

Tracklist

1 Rambler 5:26
2 I Lu Kron 2:39
3 Straight No Chaser 5:33
4 Ramblin' 4:22
5 Ginger Blues 5:09
6 Ain Temouchant 5:01
7 When We Go 3:50
8 In The Moment 4:31
9 Spiritual 3:50
10 East Timor 4:42

Total length: 45:03

Line-up/Musicians

Acoustic Bass – Charlie Haden
Drums, Vocals – Ginger Baker
Electric Guitar – Bill Frisell

About this release

Atlantic ‎– 82652-2 (US)

Recorded live to two-track at Ocean Way Studio A, Los Angeles, March 2-5, 1994

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Imagine British rock supergroup Cream with jazz bassist Charlie Haden instead of Jack Bruce and Americana-jazz guitarist Bill Frisell instead of Eric Clapton. Here they are - original Cream drummer-led Ginger Baker Trio. They sound actually as it looks on paper - quite odd.

Frisell fans will recognize his guitar sound from very first seconds, and it stays a signature sound for all of the album. Haden, most of the time, stays on safe support, but Baker's ambition to be a leader is obvious, not always for good. His playing recalls an elephant, dancing in a crystal glass room, elegance (with big help of strangely sounding drum set, probably a rock band's one), and this thunder like drums are placed on the front of the sound mix.

Two standards (incl.Monk's Straight, No Chaser) sound unusual, but hardly all that attractive. Other songs are members' originals, some sound more like rock songs (and they are probably among the better songs). Most of the time I've been thinking that this album's edition in "minus one" format (without the drummer, of course) would sound really more attractive (if a bit too sleepy, as many similar Frisell works). In general, all the music sounds as if it has been recorded separately by each musician at home and then mixed as one in the studio, not a good feeling for jazz of any form.

Not really unlistenable, this album has its attraction in the weird combination of musicians, but too often it doesn't work properly.

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