"Beware of Mr. Baker" (Vivendi Entertainment; 2013)
Reviewed by Jeff Rogers
Peter Edward "Ginger" Baker was the drummer for Cream,
Blind Faith and Hawkwind, just to name some familiars, and he's still drumming
as I write this. Ginger was born in 1939 so he pretty much put the drummer world
on notice when he incorporated two bass drums onto his kit instead of following
the big band era that only used one. He invented the drum solo and influenced
every rock drummer that would come after him: Neil Pert, Stewart Copeland and
Alex Van Halen are on the list, but he was more of a jazz drummer that played
with rock bands. His style of jazz fusion and afrobeat gave the 'supergroups' he
sat behind a distinctive sound and many people really started to notice drummers
for the first time because of Ginger's playing.
Never shy about telling you what he thought or who he didn't like, Ginger is very outspoken when it comes to his life. Never one to settle down and a master of picking up and leaving in an instant tells you a lot about how he lived his life - hard, but a lot of those choices were his.
This documentary has excellent footage of him playing
drums with various artists and interviews with people he's played with. Yes,
he's led a hard life but he's a survivor. Ginger recently released a solo record
titled "Why" (2014). For those who want a great retrospect about one of the most
influential drummers of all time then check out "Beware of Mr. Baker." I know we
rank content with guitarsaws but I'm giving four drumsticks to Ginger Baker.
For more information, check out http://www.gingerbaker.com.
A classic. This record will kick your ass.
Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.
So-so. You've heard better.
Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.
Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.
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