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Great Baker band live in concert,
This review is from: Palanquin's Pole (Audio CD)
I adore the African Force. It's one of Ginger Baker's most under-appreciated bands. Ginger forgot to mention the group in his autobiography! I have both 'African Force' and 'Palanquin's Pole' and would recommend the pair.
'Palanquin's Pole' is a 1987 concert recording of Baker drumming with four African percussionists. It was originally broadcast on German radio, therefore the recording quality is perfect.
African drumming is a passion of Baker's and this is evident in the music presented here. The ensemble is terrific, each player complementing the other; that includes Baker, who always plays 'with' the band, not over of it. This music is African art and Baker contributes respectfully.
Ginger plays a terrific solo on the sixth track, where he co-ordinates a jazz-ride rhythm with double-kick drumming. Ginger understands that a solo does not have to played all at top speed and 'forte'!
The other African Force album, called simply 'African Force', features largely the same music as 'Palanquin's Pole' but it features studio-overdubbed horns/reeds, keyboard and guitar/bass. It's outstanding, a sufficiently different experience to warrant purchase of both albums.
Personnel; Ginger Baker with Ampofo Acquah, Ansoumana Bangoura, J.C Commmodore & Francis Kwaku A. Mensa
'Go Do' (Francis Kwaku A. Mensa)
'Brain Damage' (Ginger Baker)
'Ansoumania' (Ansoumana Bangoura)
'The Palanquin's Pole' (trad./lyrics by Ampofo Acquah)
'Ginger's Solo' (Baker)
'Want Come? Go!' (Thomas Akuru Dyani)