Ginger Baker 7/10/19


"The legendary Ginger Baker, now 78 years young, returned to his home city last Tuesday night - albeit North of the Thames for this Lewisham lad. Baker, of course made his big break as a the inspirational drummer and founder of Cream and played with them from 1966 until they disbanded in 1968. Fifty years later Ginger was back tubthumping at Camden's Jazz Cafe, with his three Jazz amigos, namely percussionist Abass Dodoo (from Edmonton not Ghana), saxophonist Pee Wee Willis and on double bass and guitar Alec Dankworth (pictured). Unfortunately due to Ginger's well-documented health problems, it was quality rather than quantity including 'Ginger Spice', 'Cyril Davies' and 'Aïn Témouchent' - but the legends's anecdotes more than made up for the short setlist." That was the last time we saw Cream's Ginger Baker play in April last year (pictured) and therefore we were very sorry to learn of the iconic drummer's death yesterday at the age of 80. Truly a musical legend in every sense of the overused word.