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Le Grand Baton is a multi-national ensemble instigated and put together by native Guadeloupe musician Mbutu (aka Jean-Christophe M;aillard).

In 2008 the first album by the band appeared, a self-titled effort blending jazz, fusion and ethnic Gwoka music with quite a few twists in various other musical directions. The Ka drum is central in the proceedings, the language of choice Creole, and the stylistic variations makes it hard to pin down this bands output into any particular category.

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 Le Grand Baton by GRAND BATON, LE album cover Studio Album, 2008
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Le Grand Baton Neo-Prog

Review by Windhawk
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3 stars A wild collection of tunes by this multinational ensemble.

The Caribbean gave birth to what seems to be the foundation for these 14 creations (the fifteenth a plead to not copy this release) - a a particular type of drum called Ka - referred to as a slave drum; with references to the dark period of mankind when slavery was common as the origin of that reference.

Quirky, wild and often tribal and ethnic sounding beats from regular drums and this instrument is the backbone on everything here, and the first half a dozen tracks or so are the wildest, with distorted guitars and bass combined with rhythms and eerie vocals to produce what sounds like a post-apocalyptic zombie feast.

The music gets more mellow and jazz-tinged as the album evolves, ending up in musical territories pretty close to what Norwegian sax player Bendik Hofseth produced on his debut 20 years ago. It's a fascinating ride in different musical territories, and as long as the Creole vocals aren't regarded as troublesome a ride many should enjoy.

Thanks to windhawk for the artist addition.

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