Ginger Baker will be 70 on august 19. A life behind drums, he’s a legend and played, among others, with: GRAHAM BOND ORGANIZATION (Graham Bond, Dick Heckstall-Smith), CREAM (Jack Bruce, Eric Clapton), BLIND FAITH (Steve Winwood, Rick Grech), AIR FORCE (Denny Laine, Chris Wood), FELA RANSOME-KUTI, BAKER GURVITZ ARMY (Adrian & Paul Gurvitz), HAWKWIND (Dave Brock), P.I.L. (John Lydon, Jah Wobble), MATERIAL (Bill Laswell), MASTERS OF REALITY (Chris Goss), BBM (Gary Moore), Jonas Hellborg, Nicky Skopelitis, John Mizarolli, Peter Brötzmann.
Baker’s drumming attracted attention for its flamboyance, showmanship, and pioneering use of two bass drums instead of the conventional single bass kick drum. As a firmly established jazz drummer, he dislikes being referred to as a rock drummer. While at times performing in a similar way to Keith Moon from The Who, Baker also employs a more restrained style influenced by the British jazz groups he heard during the late 1950s and early 1960s. In his early days as a drummer he performed lengthy drum solos, the best known being the thirteen-minute drum solo “Toad” from Cream’s double album Wheels of Fire. He is also noted for using a variety of other percussion instruments and for his application of African rhythms. He would often emphasize on using the “flam”, a drum rudiment where both sticks would attack the drums at almost the same time to give a heavy thunderous sound.
Ginger Baker tells us the story of his life in a book: HELLRAISER, GINGER BAKER’S AUTOBIOGRAPHY
Publisher: John Blake Publishing Ltd (release date October 30, 2009)