Born in august 1939, Lewisham, London, and past away today on the 6th of october 2019. Ginger Baker was one of the greatest drummer the world have seen, and will be missed all over the music world.
I will be honest, I discovered Ginger Baker about 6 months ago, I mean really discovered. Ofcourse I listened to CREAM and had their first 3 albums and so on, but it wasn’t until the awesome documentary ”Beware of Mr.Baker” (watch it here down below) that I really started to dig deeper into his discography and his brillians was clear to me. Although I still have a lot to discover I dare to say he’s my all-time favourite drummer. Extremely good at what he do and don’t give a fuck about what other people thinks. His now famous quote says it all: ”God is punishing me for my past wickedness by keeping my alive and in as much pain as can”. Now you can finally get peace, Mr. Baker.
Cream is the band most people think of when they hear Ginger Bakers name. They were formed in London in 1966. The group consisted of bassist Jack Bruce, guitarist , and then Mr. Baker on drums. They were all members of previously successful bands and they are widely regarded as the world’s first supergroup.
The band made a hugh impact on the popular music of the late 1960’s, and along with Jimi Hendrix and other notable guitarists, popularised the use of the wah–wah pedal. They provided a heavy yet technically proficient musical theme that foreshadowed and influenced the emergence of British bands such as Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple and Black. Sabbath in the late 1960s and the early 1970s.
They releeased three studioalbums, Fresh Cream (1966), Disraeli Gears (1967) and Wheels of Fire (1968).
Ginger Baker’s Airforce One was formed in 1969 when the band Blind Faith called it a day. They played a mix of Jazz/Fusion/Rock. The band released two albums, both in 1970: Ginger Baker’s Air Force and Ginger Baker’s Air Force 2.
Graham Bond Organisation with (ofcourse) Mr.Baker on drums, released three albums. Live at Klooks Kleek (1964, released in 1988), The Sound of ’65 (1965), There’s a Bond Between Us (1965).
Baker Gurvitz Army played a blend of harder rock laced with Mr. Baker’s jazz and afrobeat influenced. This was another short lived band that released three studioalbums, Baker Gurvitz Army (1974), Elysian Encounter (1975), and Hearts On Fire (1976).
Ginger Baker & Fela Kuti joined forces in 1971 for the recording of ”Live!”. By then Ginger had moved to Nigeria in Africa and become friends with among others Mr.Kuti. ”Live” was released by Regal Zonophone.
Beware of Mr. Baker was a documentary released in 2012. Made by Jay Bulger, who lived with Ginger and his family during a period in 2010. It’s ammazing in every way. A must watch. 9/10
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