Ginger Baker: RIP

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  1. gkterry

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    Ginger Baker is THE foundational drummer upon which all subsequent rock drumming was built.
    Despite his cantankerousness, he is a legend for his drumming.
     
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  2. MickM

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    About 6 months ago after I'd been "playing" drums for 7 years or so I thought I'd play along with the "Blind Faith" record since it sounds fairly simple:right? I soon found out that he didn't play anything simple but somehow made it blend in with what sounded like minimal effort. I think I was playing a good half a measure behind Ginger most of the time even on the "easiest" songs.
    True, the man is a bit salty but doesn't smear on the BS and is a natural born drummer who has my respect.
     
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    I love Ginger and have watched “Beware of MR. Baker” 100 times
    Prayers for him although he may be at the finish line at this point in his life
     
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    When I saw the Goodbye Cream tour in Los Angeles, he and Jack Bruce were very angry with each other. A lot of F U's could be heard coming through the vocal mics between songs. When they were doing Train Time, Jack Bruce was singing away and playing harmonica, Baker was playing drums and Clapton was watching from the side of the stage. All of a sudden Baker threw a kettle drum mallot and hit Jack on the back of the head. Jack turned around and charged. Baker jumped over his drums and they were rolling around on the floor punching each other. I was thinking "holy crap!". A couple of roadies ran out and pulled them apart. Then, they continued on with the song as if nothing had happened.
    True story.
     
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    my favorite drummer.a titan.god bless mr, baker.
     
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    In "Beware of Mr. Baker" Ginger mentioned that the most important thing for any musician to develop is time. I agree, so many good musicians I played with had time.

    A good example of Ginger Baker being right on the money with that was when Prince did drum auditions for the NPG and Will Calhoon (Of Living Colour) did his. Calhoon said that Prince made the drummers play a SLOW blues, as in as slow as possible, to really see who had the time in his groove, to make it that the groove would never start sagging.

    If Ginger Baker dies, I vote that what John Lydon said as intro for "Beware of Mr Baker" should be on his grave stone.

    "This is the grave of Ginger Baker, a man who stood for something in life that most of you do not!"
     
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    He was an absolute TITAN of a drummer, indeed. He left a major mark on the world that I'm sure he must be proud of.

    We each must make our exit sometime... best not overstay our time here.
     
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    Had 2 ginger baker encounters. As a little kid sitting on a curb after a Cream performance, waiting for a ride. Ginger & Eric nearly stepping on me while heading to their limo. Me astonished, awestruck. Then, as an adult in the early 1990's, spoke with him @ a drum clinic.[I'm a guitarist.] Interesting, brief conversation, tho I was a little annoyed, as he was looking a little too hard @ my wife. What's the latest on his condition? My favorite drummer overall probably Elvin Jones. Best rock era drummer? Ginger Baker hands down.
     
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    Howdy, and welcome to the forum!
     
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    Great drummer, never given the credit he deserves in my mind. I hope he makes a speedy recovery.
     
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    He's just passed away.
     
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    bummer, RIP mr baker.
     
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    RIP Ginger. Two thirds of the favorite band of my youth now gone. The losses of the next several years are going to be difficult to deal with. Of course we'll always have Keith Richards.
     
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    RIP Mr Baker.
     
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    Very sad


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    Awful news. Very sad. RIP Ginger Baker. :(
     
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    RIP Ginger Baker
     
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    RIP Ginger....Saw he passed...
     
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    RIP, sir.
     
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