It's one thing to be acclaimed as a great rock musician, but when the jazz guys start lining up to play with you, you know you got chops to burn! Ginger Baker's heralded, early-'90s collaborations with Bill Frisell had already established his jazz credibility, but on this record he took another step forward as a bandleader, enlisting trumpeter Ron Miles and bassist Artie Moore and a shifting group of local Denver musicians in the DJQ20 (Denver Jazz Quintet-to-Octet), and recording this marvelously eclectic 1999 gem. Rooted in hard bop, Coward takes unpredictable turns into funk, rock, free jazz and even a little country (witness the pedal steel on the title track), with excellent writing contributions from Miles.
17013GGinger Baker - Coward of the County (CD)http://oldies.scdn5.secure.raxcdn.com/i/boxart/large/09/617742090925.jpg?v=413.9812.58USDOutOfStockQ: (3 out of 5) - Good - "...The band sound tight..., no doubt the fruits of their reported gigging, and James Carter adds his punk-jazz input appropriately..."Collector's ChoiceCDPop-RockGinger-Baker2008-03-13
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