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RIP Ginger Baker


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Y’know, he really is my very favourite drummer. I’ve tried liking other drummers more because it’s so obvious, but in the end it’s always Ginger Baker. He’s just so so good! I love the flicky speed he brings to his stick work. He’s so fluent, so busy, so chatty, so neat! And none of it superfluous.


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:( he's not been well for a while and I knew he was in a serious condition this past few days so I'm not surprised.

What can you say, legendary drummer, difficult character at times, complete one off.

Sorry he's gone RIP Ginger


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Proper drummer, but by all accounts a complete tosser in person. Saw him play with Hawkwind in the mid 80s - I can only presume he'd fallen on hard times ;)

I'll watch Beware Of Mr Baker again later :(
Genuinely important and influential musician, bringing jazz, afrobeats and rock together. Full on 'influential'. I saw him in the Baker-Gurvitz army some time in the 70s. Have a vague memory of long drum solos but the band wasn't anything memorable. When someone so musically important dies you always wish you'd seen them at their peak. :(

But yeah, even on an RIP thread you can't avoid saying he was deeply unpleasant. Even in his few months in Hawkwind he got people sacked after (wrongly) accusing them of stealing his drugs and tried to have others sacked.

Anyway, he was as good as any rock (ish) drummer ever. That's not a bad epitaph.


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I think a lot of my favourite drummers were either jazz drummers or whose technique influenced by jazz. Baker, Ed Cassidy (Spirit), Michael Giles, Bill Bruford, Ian Wallace, Pat Mastelotto (King Crimson)


Good innings though.

This phrase gets thrown around too often but seriously one of the best of the best. Just listen to the way he adds music to songs like White Room. It's wasn't just about keeping the time for this fella.

No more heroes. RIP.


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RIP Ginger.

I always popped to the bar during drum solos, then one time Ginger was playing with Hawkwind and for some reason i stayed and watched, changed my young perspective on what drumming could be. Awesome drummer.