Ernest Ranglin, an influential mainstay of Jamaican music with roots in ska and reggae, leaves behind the groove-heavy jazz terrain of his recent material for the earthier turf of West Africa on "In Search of the Lost Riddim."
The guitarist has realized a lifelong dream -- recording with African musicians on the continent that provided the foundation for so much of his work. The result is an intoxicating aural bath that matches Ranglin's eclectic six-string leads and fills and the steady bass work of Ira Coleman with traditional percussion and string instruments and luxurious chanting and singing. Senegalese singer-guitarist Baaba Maal penned three of the most inspired collaborations and joined the oversized ensemble on the call-and-response "Minuit" and the hypnotic "Haayo."
Consider supporting local journalism.
Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Central Florida. Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.