CD Review: Ginger Baker "Why?"

With its West Africa-influenced motifs, Why?
By Bill Murphy ,

With its West Africa-influenced motifs, Why? is vintage Baker, but it also brings out the best in Alec Dankworth, who can walk on an upright with aplomb (“Twelve and More Blues”) or vamp electric (“Ain Temouchant”) with a fluidity to rival Dave Holland in his Miles Davis prime. Sax legend Pee Wee Ellis and Ghanaian percussionist Abbas Dodoo add righteous spice to the mix—a polyrhythmic slab of fatback jazz that cooks from the inside out.