8 Songs, 41 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Gifted guitarist/bandleader Ebo Taylor was arguably the single most influential figure in the flourishing Ghanaian pop scene of the ‘60s and ‘70s. Though his nimble guitar style was derived from the work of highlife guitarists like E.T. Mensah and E.K. Nyame, Taylor’s music featured a slew of unexpected influences. His recordings with outfits like The Apagya Show Band and The Stargazers were notable for their massed horns and sinuous, funk-inflected polyrhythms. Despite Taylor’s prominence in his home country, none of his music was distributed internationally until 2010, when he recorded the stunning Love and Death for the British imprint Strut. Appia Kwa Bridge is the follow-up to that remarkable album. It finds Taylor dividing his efforts between contemplative solo guitar cuts and big band workouts that harness Afrobeat's chugging rhythms to remarkable effect. Taylor’s lilting, unaccompanied forays into highlife provide some of this album's best moments, particularly on the tender “Barrima," a sensitively performed tribute to his departed wife.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Gifted guitarist/bandleader Ebo Taylor was arguably the single most influential figure in the flourishing Ghanaian pop scene of the ‘60s and ‘70s. Though his nimble guitar style was derived from the work of highlife guitarists like E.T. Mensah and E.K. Nyame, Taylor’s music featured a slew of unexpected influences. His recordings with outfits like The Apagya Show Band and The Stargazers were notable for their massed horns and sinuous, funk-inflected polyrhythms. Despite Taylor’s prominence in his home country, none of his music was distributed internationally until 2010, when he recorded the stunning Love and Death for the British imprint Strut. Appia Kwa Bridge is the follow-up to that remarkable album. It finds Taylor dividing his efforts between contemplative solo guitar cuts and big band workouts that harness Afrobeat's chugging rhythms to remarkable effect. Taylor’s lilting, unaccompanied forays into highlife provide some of this album's best moments, particularly on the tender “Barrima," a sensitively performed tribute to his departed wife.

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