Gin­ger Baker, leg­endary Cream drum­mer, dies

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times Global -

Lon­don: Gin­ger Baker, the volatile and propul­sive Bri­tish mu­si­cian who was best known for his time with the power trio Cream, died Sun­day at age 80, his fam­ily said. Baker’s fam­ily said on Twit­ter that he died Sun­day: “We are very sad to say that Gin­ger has passed away peace­fully in hospi­tal this morn­ing.”

Baker wielded his blues power and jazz tech­nique to help break open pop­u­lar mu­sic and be­come one of the world’s most ad­mired and feared mu­si­cians. With blaz­ing eyes, or­ange-red hair and a tem­per­a­ment to match, the Lon­don na­tive ranked with The Who’s Keith Moon and Led Zep­pelin’s John Bon­ham as the em­bod­i­ment of mu­si­cal and per­sonal fury. Us­ing twin bass drums, Baker fash­ioned a pound­ing, poly-rhyth­mic style un­com­monly swift and heavy that in­spired and in­tim­i­dated count­less mu­si­cians.

Af­ter the band’s break-up in 1968, he joined an­other group, Blind Faith, along­side Clap­ton and Steve Win­wood, be­fore found­ing the 10-piece Gin­ger Baker’s Air Force.


Baker founded Cream in 1966 along­side Eric Clap­ton and bassist and vo­cal­ist Jack Bruce

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