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Best known as the fiery, game-changing drummer from the 1960's British super-group Cream (w/ Eric Clapton and Jack Bruce), Ginger Baker is a true music pioneer. Inspired by a love of African rhythms and the drumming of jazz greats Art Blakey, Max Roach and Elvin Jones, Ginger s unique style of drumming created the foundation for an entirely new sound in rock music. Now, on the heels of the 2012 documentary 'Beware of Mr. Baker', which brought him and his fascinating life to a wider public, Ginger Baker takes the influences that helped shape him and puts them front and center with his powerhouse Jazz Confusion quartet on 'Why?', his first new album in 16 years.
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Joined by a percussionist, bass player, and saxophonist, Mr. Baker makes compelling music, which is a mixture of classic jazz and African beats. He works well with the percussionist and we are treated to many drum breaks throughout the recording.
I thought I might miss the lack of any keyboards or guitar, but Mr. Baker's drumming seems to keep the harmony and melody as well as the beat. Of course, the bass and saxophone support the melody and and harmony superbly.
Mr. Baker may look old and ill on the cover, but the music emphatically is not. Enjoy it.
Generally, Ginger may easily be said to work in the tradition of Brubeck's "Take Five" but he adds something utterly groovy to the percussions, exotic changes and polyphonic unison that became his trademark, if I may. The jazz is smooth, not in category but in essence, and is fun to listen to. This giant of a drummer puts out his soul and a listener I think gets that from the music. The rest of the trio is very good too, and the leading role of percussions did not preclude anyone else from showing off their talents.
Actually, it was nice to go back and listen to some Cream later, with the newly set ears for Ginger's sound.
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This album was well made and very enjoyable.