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Track Listing
1. Solo Intro
2. Dakar Dance
3. Thumbs Up
4. Pentahouve
5. Chairman Mao
6. Blues Connotation
7. Mopti
8. Solo Outro
Lorraine Baker
Spark ! Label
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Price £8.50
• Lorraine Baker is a drummer, percussionist and bandleader. Originally from Kent, she started playing the drums for a local swing band when she was twelve. She graduated from Trinity Laban in 2009 with First Class Honours. Baker has worked with acclaimed British musicians including Julian Siegel, Simon Purcell and Christine Tobin. She performs on Christine’s latest recording, Pelt. Baker has recorded for BBC Radio 4 and performed at many prestigious venues including Tokyo Opera House, Ronnie Scott’s and the Royal Albert Hall. Baker’s debut album, Eden, pays tribute to drummer Ed Blackwell. Lorraine has always admired the dance-like quality of Blackwell’s playing. She has crafted her latest project with the drums at the centre, re-arranging tunes that Blackwell famously played and adding exciting modern compositional twists. “A career highlight for me was to perform the Don Cherry tune ‘Guinea’ with the international bassist Dave Holland who played and recorded with Ed Blackwell. This collaboration was such a unique experience it inspired me to form my latest quartet,” says Baker. Tracks include Dakar Dance, a drum-heavy, infectious riff-based tune, Thumbs Up, a raw fusion of progressive rock and Afro groove and Blues Connotation which has an agitated, edgy introduction that explodes into hard driving swing. The quartet features some of the country’s finest improvising musicians - critically acclaimed pianist and mentor Liam Noble, Paul Michael on Bass and MOBO winning saxophonist Binker Golding.
Reviews For Eden
Jazzwise – Robert Shore
“Baker's playing expresses a dancing quality and joy, elements that are happily to the fore on Eden, with the drums placed refreshingly high in the mix… Well worth discovering.” ****