Ernest Ranglin (credit: UrbanImage.tv)
In 1998, Ernest Ranglin, Caribbean guitar wizard, released the extraordinary In Search of the Lost Riddim. If you come to this record expecting the gentle sounds of the West Indies a la Joseph Spence, what you hear will shock you. This is an African record through and through. It was recorded in Baaba Maal’s home with his musical compatriots shaping and influencing everything in it. And it is a magnificent album, full of the graceful, gentle rhythms of Maal’s Senegalese style.
In the 1970s, Ranglin toured Senegal with Jimmy Cliff’s band and met the young Baaba Maal. For the next 25 years, Ranglin’s musical dream was to return and record an album with African musicians. Here he got his wish and produced something truly lovely to the heart and the ear.
Our MP3 is Minuit (“Midnight”) (hear it), which I chose for its soothing, gently rollicking rhythms. When you listen to it you’ll feel that all is right with the world.
Precious little music criticism exists on the web for this recording. But these are two good short pieces containing background about the recording and Ranglin himself: Richard Gehr’s Utne review and a Groovesite.com review
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