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Going Back Home

Ginger Baker, Bill Frisell, Charlie HadenAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (September 20, 1994)
  • Original Release Date: September 20, 1994
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Atlantic / Wea
  • ASIN: B000002J0R
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #141,158 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Media Type: CD
Street Release Date: 09/20/1994

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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars maybe they should have made Ginger the Secretary of State November 15, 2000
Format:Audio CD
I bought this record as a lark when it came out (Ginger Baker? with Charlie Haden and Bill Frissell??!!)and was stunned by what I heard. Good writing, a couple of decent covers (Thelonius Monk's "Straight No Chaser" and Ornette Coleman's "Ramblin'"), and concise intelligent playing by three middle-aged guys who had definitely paid their dues.
And then came "East Timor." Cockney-accented Ginger starts with a spoken word introduction of slightly clumsy rhymed couplets about that country's annexation by Indonesia (with the acquiescence of the US, Australia, and other powers) as he starts beating his toms with more and more intensity ending with the impassioned declaration of rememberance that "There WAS a bloody war!!!!" like some kind of latter-day Old Testament prophet. Frissell launches into his best Jimmy Page imitation and its like three old lefties saddling up for one final battle with the powers that be. I just stared at my speakers. I still do.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Quality--No Drivel October 31, 2000
Format:Audio CD
There are so few albums that come along whose appeal remains after many listenings. When one comes along that you can still marvel at five years after hearing it for the first time you should be very grateful. This is one of those albums.
Jazz music is in a strange place right now. With the ever-declining attention span of the average music listener came the proliferation of elevator jazz. It is important to realize that this is not jazz, since the primary ingredient in the jazz melting pot is a degree of daring improvisation, not some hack churning out trite pop melodies by the hundred on a soprano saxophone. Real jazz is a precious commodity. It is a slice of Americana that should be held sacred. This album comes through in that regard with flying colors. In this review I have opted to stay away from the traditional track-by-track method of reviewing an album, since this album really doesn't come across as a series of songs isolated from another, but like one event. Plus, if I got started on that road I would be here all day. I'll spare you that misery by giving you the low-down on the album as a whole.
From top to bottom "Going Back Home" shines in a sea of churning, almost tribal rhythms from Mr. Baker's drums. Instead of coming across as goofy technical stunts, his accents flow as if every stroke were intended to be there by some divine authority. Rather than simply leaving you slack-jawed by his drumming prowess, his fills actually add color and dimension. Sometimes he can make you laugh out loud. In the hands of another drummer his ideas wouldn't fly, but he manages to put the proverbial square peg in a round hole and make it seem that it were meant to go there all along.
The legendary Charlie Haden handles the upright bass duties on the album.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gathering of the Greats June 8, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Bring together jazz drummer Ginger Baker, bassist Charlie Haden, and guitarist Bill Frisell you better be prepared for a lot of good music. Don't be scared that this album is all free jazz because Charlie Haden is in the lineup. For the most part the music is understandable and not too difficult to follow. They do cover Ornette Coleman's "Ramblin'" which ventures more into the free jazz venue. Never does it feel like that everyone is playing a different song at the same time.
The work by all three artists is outstanding. Frisell really stands out with his simple, yet expression filled playing (for some crazy reason, I think of his guitar sound as Hawaiian). Baker's rhythm is amazing. He's on the local radio station with some frequency, and listening to him talk you would think he'd have trouble finding the door of his home, little alone a rhythm. Haden is nothing less then Haden.
This band sounds tight for the ten tracks of the album. Everyone seems to know where the other is going, and they complement each other very well. "East Timor" is probably the hardest hitting song on the album. It starts with Baker ranting about a secret war that occurred on this island, then is followed by some very serious playing (and a different sound from Frisell). Not being a free jazz fan, I have trouble with "Ramblin'" and Haden's "In the Moment". Frisell's two songs "Rambler" and "When We Go" are light and elegant, the latter with the slight twang of country. They do a great cover of Thelonious Monk's "Straight No Chaser". Baker pens three of his own songs here as well.
Overall, I feel that this is a pretty good album. These three musicians are great at what they do. If you like jazz, especially with a touch of the free jazz, you'll be impressed with this piece.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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I got this album many days ago and I can't quit listening to it. I'm a big fan of Bill Frisell, so it's always nice to hear him play. For those of you that don't know who Bill Frisell only question is where have you been for the last 20 years? His atmospheric and textural guitar style has made it's way on many albums from Nora Jones to Marc Johnson to John Zorn. Then there is Ginger Baker who in my opinion is one of the greatest drummers in the world. Yes, he was in Cream and has played on countless other albums. Ginger really showed his range on this album. This album is swingin' with rhythm. Last, but certainly not least, is bass guru Charlie Haden. Charlie has a very melodic style and it shows on this album.

Every song on this album is great. Some song highlights for me are "I Lu Kron," "Ramblin',"Straight, No Chaser," "Ain Temouchant," and "In The Moment." I think if you like jazz and you like these three guys, then you should do yourself a favor and pick up this album.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars tgood album but too many rules from amazon
Super good, Ginger Baker takes off and the group flies!! I guess amazons machine can't count. It says 10 words or more so I use 10 words and it says not nough!!! Read more
Published 12 months ago by 1potzz
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid trio record
Pretty strong record, good interplay between the players. I was surprised at Ginger Baker's jazz chops, considering his most famous work being with Eric Clapton. Read more
Published 20 months ago by CharlesT
5.0 out of 5 stars GINGER WHO?>
When I looked at the front cover of this album, I just assumed it was Chet BAKER, but I left it alone for awhile. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Jerlaw
5.0 out of 5 stars Astounding performance and recording
I have not been living in a cave but I wonder how I missed this recording for seventeen years. This is an absolutely great recording by three stellar performers. Read more
Published on October 26, 2011 by Little Joey
5.0 out of 5 stars Ginger shows he is a jazz drummer
The emphasis is on the drums of course but not to a degree that spoils the music and the feel by any means. Read more
Published on November 18, 2010 by Ducman
5.0 out of 5 stars it grooves and swings
Here is where I am coming from. I usually listen to an eclectic mix of pop, rock, classical music, underground, or even heavy metal. Read more
Published on February 24, 2009 by Ernst Meyer
4.0 out of 5 stars for music fans
Highly recommended. A great cd which features Bill Frisell on guitar. It's not just what he plays, it's what he DOESN'T play. This disc really excels on a good stereo.
Published on June 23, 2008 by Randy
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Match-up
Three musicians whom I've greatly admired in their respective fields come together from three different places in the music spectrum and sound like they've been playing together... Read more
Published on March 17, 2008 by Michael Bee
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Music From Great Musicians
I have a big music collection, so I am at the point where getting new music is getting hard for me. I don't like most of the new music out, so I am going back in time looking for... Read more
Published on May 18, 2006 by Drew Fraber
5.0 out of 5 stars This is my all-time favorite album!
I believe that the world would be a better place if everybody left a review on Amazon for their all-time favorite album. Here's mine. Read more
Published on February 4, 2005 by The Delite Rancher
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