May 30, 2015 – 6:50 pm

GINGER BAKER R.I.P. 1939 - 2019

Ginger Baker, one of the most innovative and influential drummers in rock music, has died on October 6, 2019 at the age of 80. In September 2019, the family of Ginger Baker announced that he was critically ill and asked to keep him in their prayers. A co-founder of Cream, he also played with Blind Faith, Hawkwind and Fela Kuti in a long and varied career. His style combined the lyricism of jazz with the crude power of rock. One critic said watching him was like witnessing “a human combine harvester”. Nicknamed Ginger for his flaming red hair, he was also a temperamental and argumentative figure, whose behaviour frequently led to on-stage punch-ups.

One of rock’s first “supergroups”, Cream (together with Jack Bruce and Eric Clapton) fused blues and psychedelia to dazzling effect on songs like Strange Brew, Sunshine of Your Love, Badge and I Feel Free. They sold more than 35 million albums and were awarded the world’s first ever platinum disc for their LP Wheels of Fire. Along with the Jimi Hendrix Experience, the band expanded the vocabulary of heavy rock, especially during their incendiary live shows, where the three musicians would stretch simple riffs into long, exploratory improvisations.- BBC

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Amsterdam 2015 [no label, 2CD]

Live at the Bimhuis, Amsterdam, The Netherlands; May 29, 2015. Very good webcast.

Ginger Baker is legendary as the drummer from Cream, but he has much more to offer. Jazz, latin and afro beat: it all comes together in Jazz Confusion, ‘virtuosic small-combo jazz abounding with spirit, excitement and smarts’. - Relix, February 2015:

Ginger Baker, renowned for his work with the Graham Bond Organisation, Cream, Blind Faith, and Fela Kuti, is back with his first new album in 15 years, Why? (May 2014), released by Motema Records. It features his Jazz Confusion band, who have accompanied him on tours in the UK, Europe and Japan and also on several sold-out dates in the US. The sound is both a return to Baker’s roots and a new exploration of the kind of cross-genre, innovative fusion that he has always championed since his afrobeat years in Nigeria with Fela Kuti in the ’70s.

Why? continues that tradition thanks in no small part to Ghanaian percussion powerhouse Abass Dodoo. The two have worked together for several years now and it certainly shows; the charged interplay between Dodoo’s explosive exuberance and Baker’s trademark disciplined insistence has been honed into a web of complex rhythm that forms the backbone of each piece.

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Thanks to Neetelbaers for sharing the show at Dime.

Pictures by Alexis Maryon - Thanks!

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Disc 1
Track 100. Interview Vera Vingerhoeds with Ginger Baker 9:32 (13.7MB)
Track 101. Footprints 8:03 (11.6MB)
Track 102. Announcement and Band Introduction 3:34 (5.1MB)
Track 103. 12 and More Blues 10:03 (14.5MB)
Track 104. Announcement 0:54 (1.3MB)
Track 105. Ain Temouchant 7:36 (11.0MB)
Track 106. Announcement 0:27 (661k)
Track 107. Ginger Spice 7:11 (10.4MB)
Track 108. Presentation Vera Vingerhoeds 0:33 (795k)
48 mins

Disc 2
Track 201. Announcement 0:51 (1.2MB)
Track 202. St Thomas 9:46 (14.1MB)
Track 203. Announcement 0:30 (726k)
Track 204. Cyril Davis 8:51 (12.7MB)
Track 205. Announcement 0:32 (760k)
Track 206. Aiko Biaye 10:06 (14.5MB)
Track 207. Presentation Vera Vingerhoeds 0:27 (652k)
Track 208. Calling for Encore 1:55 (2.8MB)
Track 209. Announcement 1:18 (1.9MB)
Track 210. Why 7:29 (10.8MB)
Track 211. Outro by Vera Vingerhoeds 0:16 (389k)
42 mins

Ginger Baker - drums
Abass Dodoo - percussion
Pee Wee Ellis - tenorsax
Michael Mondesir - bass

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  1. 19 Responses to “GINGER BAKER - AMSTERDAM 2015 [GINGER BAKER R.I.P. 1939 - 2019]”

  2. Before other people realise this is a member of Cream playing ‘JAZZ’ and all hell breaks loose, i’d just like to say thanks for the share,

    By Je Suis Darth on May 30, 2015

  3. I`ve been a fan of ginger`s since the Graham Bond Organisation, the days of the Cream I thought he was a drumming GOD, his Air Force was a breath of fresh air bringing multicultural sounds and rhythms to our ears the many varied rock /jazz/fusion bands since always a treat but [laughing]since I watched the movie documentary” Beware of Mr.Baker” a few months ago I`m surprised he can get anyone to play with him anymore for fear of a broken nose! long live GINGER BAKER he`s truly one of a kind.

    By sluggo on May 30, 2015

  4. Ginger Baker`s Air force In concert

    By sluggo on May 30, 2015

  5. another winner, big O! i’m amazed that baker can still get out there and do it like this. beware, indeed!

    By muddy on May 30, 2015

  6. BigO, you Slacker! Broadcast on May 29th, posted on May 30th? What took ya so damn long?
    Seriously, looking forward to this, thanks!

    “Beware of Mr. Baker” is a great doc, certainly gave me a fresh eye on someone I had woefully overlooked. The African stuff with Fela is amazing! Definitely check it out! And this is a REAL warts&all documentary, not one of those Scorsese brown-nosing suckups to Saint Bob and Sir Mick.

    By Happy Camper on May 30, 2015

  7. Amazing to hear him teamed with Pee Wee Ellis. What a treat this is.

    By James Cassara on May 30, 2015

  8. Happy camper there was a television documentary about ginger a few years ago,I seem to think it was in the 1970`s for some reason when I first saw it, anyway it was ginger baker in africa, they used a lot of footage in beware of mr.baker from this but if you can track it down you might enjoy it as well.

    By sluggo on May 30, 2015

  9. sluggo- this might be the doc youre referring to:

    imdb lists it as part of a bbc arts documentary tv show called “omnibus”.

    By barth on May 30, 2015

  10. Sluggo, sounds like “Ginger Baker in Africa”, a 1-hr. doc, from which footage was used. My take was that it was slow, kind of crudely shot, sloppy editing, poor audio, didn’t really go anywhere, kind of aimlessly home-moviesh, didn’t date well. Didn’t get close to chronicling the excitement of GB being in Africa as “Beware…” did.

    By Happy Camper on May 30, 2015

  11. barth that`s the one!

    happy camper , it was slow but beware was, i don`t know , man has he ever got a chip on his shoulder! LOL

    By sluggo on May 30, 2015

  12. Sluggo, a chip? How about a boulder? And anybody who cracks his director on the skull with his cane…?
    For better or worse, here’s a guy who doesn’t know the difference between fearlessness and foolishness.
    Then again, no one ever said he didn’t know how to handle his sticks!

    By Happy Camper on May 30, 2015

  13. Another great BigO find and posted within hours! Always love his playing, especially his African-influenced works. Must now find “Beware of Mr. Baker” doc as it sounds terrific.

    By Johnny Kinkdom on May 31, 2015

  14. A interresting broadcast this is. Ginger has been my favourite drummer for ages. Has been. But in his present shape Mr. Baker is no creative force. In his playing there is no power left. He’s a shadow of his former self. This guy is a wreck in need of money. Beware of Mr. Baker!

    By Tony Lauber on Jun 1, 2015

  15. tony lauber, tough words but sadly they seem true.

    By dropkick sarge on Jun 2, 2015

  16. Tony & sarge, I’m no musician, can’t evaluate technique, but when a musician says to his audience (I think it was on one of the GB Iridium boots) “Don’t clap, just throw money”, that’s not a good sign…

    By Happy Camper on Jun 2, 2015

  17. Saw Ginger with Bruce in Hollywood in the early 90’s. He played better than when I’d seen him with Cream. He is a relentlessly interesting drummer even if he doesn’t have the power of the old days. Pee Wee Ellis is no slouch and wouldn’t be hanging with Mr. Baker if the music sucked.

    Anybody with that bad an attitude HAS to take it out on his instrument.

    By Just Bill on Jun 3, 2015

  18. Thanks, Big O! Great to hear this. Best Comments section of the year, as well. I never got to see Ginger Baker live (and I tried) so this is as close as I’ll ever get.

    By Eric on Oct 7, 2019

  19. Thanks for uploading this.

    Ginger Baker contributed to a badass project in the 90s called Masters of Reality

    Kickass heavy jams.

    By JG on Oct 8, 2019

  20. RIP GB!

    Terrific version of the Wayne Shorter classic FOOTPRINTS, in all its’ C Dorian wonder!

    By Don on Oct 8, 2019

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