GINGER BAKER

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Peter Edward “Ginger” Baker, drummer, born 19 August 1939; died 6 October 2019

Trailblazing drummer who performed alongside Eric Clapton and Jack Bruce in the 1960s rock supergroup Cream

Before the arrival of Ginger Baker, the drummer used to be the quiet one sitting at the back of the stage whose job was to keep time. Baker, who has died aged 80, pioneered the image of the rock drummer as a flamboyant virtuoso, engaged in a dynamic interaction with the musicians around him.

According to Neil Peart, the drummer from the Canadian band Rush: “Every rock drummer since has been influenced in some way by Ginger, even if they don’t know it.”

Baker found fame with Cream, the 1960s rock trio also featuring Eric Clapton and Jack Bruce, whose two-year career inspired a new wave of blues-based rock bands. Cream is now seen as the first “supergroup”, comprising outstanding musicians each of whom
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GINGER BAKER Stratavarious album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Stratavarious
African Fusion 1972
GINGER BAKER Ginger Baker & Friends ‎: Eleven Sides Of Baker album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Ginger Baker & Friends ‎: Eleven Sides Of Baker
World Fusion 1976
GINGER BAKER Horses & Trees album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Horses & Trees
World Fusion 1986
GINGER BAKER African Force album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
African Force
African Fusion 1987
GINGER BAKER Middle Passage album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Middle Passage
Dub/Ska/Reggae 1990
GINGER BAKER Ginger Baker With Jens Johansson And Jonas Hellborg ‎: Unseen Rain album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Ginger Baker With Jens Johansson And Jonas Hellborg ‎: Unseen Rain
Fusion 1992
GINGER BAKER Ginger Baker Trio ‎: Going Back Home album cover 3.11 | 3 ratings
Ginger Baker Trio ‎: Going Back Home
Eclectic Fusion 1994
GINGER BAKER Falling Off The Roof album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Falling Off The Roof
World Fusion 1996
GINGER BAKER Ginger Baker And The DJQ2O With Special Guest James Carter : Coward Of The County album cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
Ginger Baker And The DJQ2O With Special Guest James Carter : Coward Of The County
Fusion 1999
GINGER BAKER Why? album cover 3.25 | 2 ratings
Why?
African Fusion 2014

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GINGER BAKER Live album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live
World Fusion 1981
GINGER BAKER Ginger Baker's African Force : Palanquin's Pole album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Ginger Baker's African Force : Palanquin's Pole
African Fusion 1987
GINGER BAKER In Concert album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
In Concert
Jazz Related Rock 1987
GINGER BAKER No Material album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
No Material
World Fusion 1989
GINGER BAKER No Material Live In Munich Germany 1987 album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
No Material Live In Munich Germany 1987
Jazz Related Rock 2010
GINGER BAKER Live In Berlin Germany 1978 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live In Berlin Germany 1978
Jazz Related Rock 2010
GINGER BAKER Live In Munich Germany 1972 album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Live In Munich Germany 1972
Jazz Related Rock 2010
GINGER BAKER Ginger Baker's Air Force : Do What You Like album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Ginger Baker's Air Force : Do What You Like
World Fusion 2015

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GINGER BAKER At His Best album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
At His Best
World Fusion 1972
GINGER BAKER Do What You Like album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Do What You Like
World Fusion 1998

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Ginger Baker Plus Special Friends Live @ The Jazz Cafe London 2009
Jazz Related Rock 2010

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GINGER BAKER Ginger Baker Trio ‎: Going Back Home

Album · 1994 · Eclectic Fusion
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Imagine British rock supergroup Cream with jazz bassist Charlie Haden instead of Jack Bruce and Americana-jazz guitarist Bill Frisell instead of Eric Clapton. Here they are - original Cream drummer-led Ginger Baker Trio. They sound actually as it looks on paper - quite odd.

Frisell fans will recognize his guitar sound from very first seconds, and it stays a signature sound for all of the album. Haden, most of the time, stays on safe support, but Baker's ambition to be a leader is obvious, not always for good. His playing recalls an elephant, dancing in a crystal glass room, elegance (with big help of strangely sounding drum set, probably a rock band's one), and this thunder like drums are placed on the front of the sound mix.

Two standards (incl.Monk's Straight, No Chaser) sound unusual, but hardly all that attractive. Other songs are members' originals, some sound more like rock songs (and they are probably among the better songs). Most of the time I've been thinking that this album's edition in "minus one" format (without the drummer, of course) would sound really more attractive (if a bit too sleepy, as many similar Frisell works). In general, all the music sounds as if it has been recorded separately by each musician at home and then mixed as one in the studio, not a good feeling for jazz of any form.

Not really unlistenable, this album has its attraction in the weird combination of musicians, but too often it doesn't work properly.

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