Charlottesville, VA-based worldbeat jam band Baaba Seth was formed in the fall of 1990 by singer/guitarist Dirk Lind, guitarist Kevin Lynch, trumpeter John Murphy and percussionist Len Wishart; by the time of the group's debut gig the following spring, the lineup expanded to include bassist Eric Biltonen and drummers Jason Mcleod and Drex Weaver. In early 1995 Lynch, Murphy and Weaver all exited Baaba Seth, opening the door for guitarist Mike Chang, saxophonist Hope Clayburn, trumpeter Brandon Rose and drummer Jim Ralston; Biltonen soon left as well, replaced by bassist Lisa Mezzacappa. The group's debut record Crazy Wheel was recorded in late 1996, and after another round of roster shuffling which saw the departures of Rose and Mezzacappa followed by the eventual additions of bassist Derek Bond and trumpeter Tim Lett, Baaba Seth returned to the studio to cut their second album, Fridays After Five. Live at the End of the World followed in 1999; by the end of the year, Ralston, Bond and Lett were history, with new drummer Mike Taylor, bassist Dylan Locke and Allie Buchanan assuming their duties.
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