On this 4 track EP the American five-piece Butcher Brown sidesteps the pitfalls that have laid others low. They’ve managed to capture the melancholy as well as fire in Fela’s music without applying his template too rigidly.
The announcement had been posted on social media: they were looking for cassettes recorded and sold between 1975 and 2000 by Walter Gavitt Ferguson, a calypso legend for whom some fans and musicologists knew the address in Cahuita, on the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica that he never wanted to leave. It was urgent.
Originally released in the mid-’80s, this intriguing funk-laced album finds the iconic pocket trumpeter navigating through the sonic landscapes that some of his jazz leftist contemporaries such as Lester Bowie’s Brass Fantasy, Joe Bowie’s Defunkt and Ronald Shannon Jackson’s Decoding Society (and Herbie Hancock’ collaborations with Bill Frisell) trafficked.