Ginger Baker

Genres: Jazz Pop / Rock Pop / Rock Spoken Word
Tags: jazz rock experimental blues rock instrumental jazz fusion drums Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Peter Baker, 19 August 1939, Lewisham, London, England. This brilliantly erratic drummer was already a vastly experienced musician when he formed the legendary Cream with Eric Clapton and Jack Bruce in 1967. He had drummed with trad-jazz bands, working with Terry Lightfoot and Acker Bilk before sitting in with Alexis Korner’s Blues Incorporated and enlisting in the seminal Graham Bond Organisation. Following the unprecedented success and speedy demise of Cream, Baker joined with Steve Winwood, Ric Grech and Clapton in the ‘supergroup’ Blind Faith, followed by the ambitious Airforce. Baker then left Britain to live in Nigeria, where he cultivated an interest in African music and built his own recording studio (Paul McCartney’s classic Band On The Run was recorded there). He briefly had a Nigerian band, Salt, and recorded with Fela Kuti. Baker reputedly lost all his money on his Nigerian adventure, and returned to Britain and formed the Baker...

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