Monday, 8 March 2021

Bahia Black ‎– Ritual Beating System (1992)

Genre: Jazz, Latin, Folk, World, & Country
Format: CD, Vinyl, FLAC
Label: Axiom

1.   Retrato Calado
2.   Capitao Do Asfalto
3.   The Seven Powers
4.   Uma Viagen Del Baldes De Larry Wright
5.   Olodum
6.   Guia Pro Congal
7.   Gwagwa O De
8.   Follow Me
9.   Nina In The Womb Of The Forest

Flute – Henry Threadgill
Guitar, Percussion, Vocals – Carlinhos Brown
Hammond B-3 – Bernie Worrell
Piano, Prepared Piano – Herbie Hancock
Buckets – David Chapman, Larry Wright
Drums – Olodum, Tony "Funky Drummer" Walls
Soprano Saxophone – Wayne Shorter
Producer – Bill Laswell

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. After opening with the soft Brazilian pop-jazz of "Retrato Calado," Bahia Black dives into hard-edged Portuguese-language rap ("Capitao Do Asfalto") before embracing post-bop jazz on "The Seven Powers." Bahia's "all-star" lineup isn't exactly 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). It takes an open-minded bunch to play something as pretty as "Guia Pro Congal" one minute and something as dissonant and abstract as the "outside" jazz number "Gwagwa O De" the next. And similarly, it will take open-minded listeners to fully appreciate this unpredictable CD.
Alex Henderson / AllMusic