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Ginger Baker's Jazz Confusion in Bergheim

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Ginger Baker's Jazz Confusion Medio.Rhein.Erft Bergheim, Germany November 27, 2015 Ginger Baker looked a bit stiff in his casual shades, but he sure as hell got the job done with unique style. He had people clapping and yelling their approval by around the two-minute mark and from then onward. Too bad there was no photography allowed, because this was a picture of precision. “I'm so old I think I'm getting dementia ...

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Ginger Baker: Why?

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The most pleasant surprises on Ginger Baker's first mainstream release in almost a decade are subtle. That term may not be generally applied to the 74 year-old bohemian beat master, but restraint has been an unheralded constant in Baker's wide-ranging career nonetheless. The relatively conservative approach goes against Baker's ongoing typecasting as a crazed rock drummer, an image vividly enhanced by the destructive anger and degradation portrayed in his recent autobiography Hellraiser, and the documentary Beware of Mr. ...

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Ginger Baker's Jazz Confusion at Yoshi's

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Ginger Baker's Jazz Confusion Yoshis Oakland , CA June 15, 2014 Dedicated. Stubborn. Outspoken. Perspicacious. These are some of the descriptions which come to mind when considering the personality and legacy of legendary drummer Ginger Baker. Baker first came to prominence as a member of the rock power trio Cream, with guitarist {{Eric Clapton and bassist Jack Bruce, establishing himself as a role model for many an aspiring teenage rock drummer. Later, ...

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The Ginger Baker Jazz Confusion at the Musical Instrument Museum

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The Ginger Baker Jazz Confusion Musical Instrument Museum Phoenix, AZ October 18, 2013 The Ginger Baker Jazz Confusion was promoted as a tribute to jazz icons Wayne Shorter, Sonny Rollins and Thelonious Monk. When just two of those artists were musically referenced and Monk was not, it likely was noticed only by the scattering of jazz fans in the 300-seat house that had sold out weeks in advance. Baker basically delivered rock-drumming techniques ...

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Ginger Baker and the QJ2O: Coward Of The County

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I wasn't so sure about this CD with it's countryish name and cover art. What has Ginger been up to since his pair of great CD's with Bill Frisell and Charlie Haden in '94 and '96? This CD is the answer and it has definitely been worth the wait! This CD wins my vote for not only the best CD of 1999 but for all of the 90's. It's that good. A good portion of the credit for this album ...


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