Saturday, May 31, 2014

Ginger Baker

You may have seen Will Ferrell / Chad Smith (drummer for the Red Hot Chilli Peppers) have their "Drum Off" last week. What you might not realize is that the bit was inspired by drummer Ginger Baker. The band Cream was before my time and even though I'd heard the name Ginger Baker hundreds of times - I didn't know who he was. I didn't even know he was a drummer. Then I saw the documentary Beware Mr. Baker. In the documentary Chad Smith talks about Baker's legendary "Drum Battles" with the great Jazz drummers of the time. The documentary was very good and I came away with an appreciation of how great and ground breaking Ginger Baker was as a drummer. And how awful he was as a human being.

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