Bahia Black - Ritual Beating System (1992)
EAC rip | FLAC image + cue + log + scans / MP3 320 kbps | 00:42:01 | 266 MB / 110 MB (3% rec.)
Latin/Afro-Brazilian Jazz, World Fusion, MPB | Label: Axiom / Island Records, 314-510 856-2
A musical rollercoaster from start to finish, Ritual Beating System jolts us with its abrupt mood changes, yet never really strays from a percussive Brazilian-oriented theme. Bahia's "all-star" lineup isn't conventional – percussionist Olodum (a highly regarded figure in Northeastern Brazil's Afro-Brazilian culture) and other Brazilian players are joined by fusion/post-bop greats Wayne Shorter (soprano sax) and Herbie Hancock (piano), as well as avant-garde explorer Henry Threadgill (flute) and George Clinton associate Bernie Worrell (organ). The result is a percolating, eye-opening encounter between jazz and pop musicians from Brazil and New York, fusion at its most sublime.