Posted in music | pictures on June 27, 2014

Photos by Greg Cristman

Ginger Baker's Jazz Confusion @ BB King's 6/25/2014
Ginger Baker Jazz Confusion

DCist: What was the impetus behind forming this band? Who is in the group and why did you choose these musicians?

Ginger Baker: I don't understand "impetus." Abass Dodoo African drums, Alec Dankworth bass and Pee Wee Ellis horn. Because they are all bloody good musicians.

DCist: Your playing and music has always drawn from international influences. What are some of the inspirations behind the music this band is playing?

GB: We just play what we feel.

DCist: What can the audience expect in terms of the material you'll be playing?

GB: We play the stuff on the record Why? plus a couple...don't expect a super long set 'cause I'm too old. [DCist]

Cantankerous interview subject, renowned/reformed wild man, and drum god, Ginger Baker released Why? this week, his first album in 16 years. Along with that his band, Ginger's Baker's Jazz Confusion are on tour as we speak, and played NYC's BB King Blues Club on Wednesday (6/25) and Thursday (6/26) as part of the Blue Note Jazz Festival. A man of few words, the former Cream/Blind Faith drummer has no problem letting his music do the talking. Pictures from Wednesday's BB King's show are in this post.

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Comments (18)

Cream fucking sucked, as did every other Clapton-related project.

Posted by Anonymous | June 27, 2014 5:09 PM

Hmmm. Really? I'm no huge Clapton fan at all, honestly, but to say the "fucking sucked" ... Mmmm, K NO. All three musicians were fantastically talented. The crossroads of blues, jazz, rock and improvise has almost never been traveled they way that band performed on stage. But yeah, I'm certain your experience tells you otherwise. Rock on, sweetheart.

Posted by Anonymous | June 27, 2014 5:26 PM

Hell yeah bro, Sunshine of Your Love ROCKS!

Posted by Anonymous | June 27, 2014 5:50 PM

the guy is a cunt. 10 extra bucks for a pre-signed, most likely shitty cd?
no way. not evah.

Posted by Malembi | June 27, 2014 6:02 PM

The guy has done more in his life than you could in the 10 lives, 6:02. You are as clueless as 5:09.

Posted by Anonymous | June 27, 2014 6:24 PM

Almost as bad as Mitch Mitchell.

Posted by Anonymous | June 27, 2014 6:34 PM

Ginger Baker rocked it.

Didn't go too nuts or anything, but it flowed.

I was the only person in attendance who's last show at BB Kings was POSSESSED ha

Posted by CRACKA | June 27, 2014 8:43 PM

8:43, I do believe you intended to use "whose". You essentially said "who is".

Friend, the grammar ... REMEMBER THE GRAMMAR!!!

Posted by Anonymous | June 27, 2014 10:16 PM

^ fuck off. bring that shit to Gawker, along with your fake D and the rest of your psychopathology

Posted by Anonymous | June 27, 2014 10:43 PM

Darling,

I think what you meant to type was the following:

"Fuck off. Bring that shit to Gawker along with your fake D and the rest of your psychopathology."

If you can find your way to the East Village, or whatever equivalent is in the flyoverfuckingstate you live in, and spend some time at St. Mark's Books. The have a title for sale called 'The Grammar Bible'. If you can manage to put down the joystick, or your own joystick, sweetheart, go buy it. Live it. Love it. Learn it. Don't be a pussy and learn your basics. Bitch.

xo

Posted by Anonymous | June 27, 2014 11:02 PM

^ no douchey, I wrote it as I wanted to. you have real control issues - maybe from daddy violating you? that would explain a lot.

Posted by Anonymous | June 28, 2014 12:18 AM

I guess mommy told fake D - grammar fag to go to sleep already and turn that Damon computer off.

Either that or he had a Craig's List meet up to work (those guys could get violent if your late).

Posted by Anonymous | June 28, 2014 1:32 AM

new album is straight up, solid jazz. as he said, good musicians.

Posted by anonymous | June 28, 2014 7:11 AM

Dear 11:02:

You should have written "whatever the equivalent" not "whatever equivalent". You also wrote "and spend some time" even though the correct usage is "spend some time". I thought you had finally gone away from this blog, with your ridiculous chastisement of the writing skills of others. Please remember: people don't think your comments are cute or funny. In fact, they probably wish you would just stop commenting! You are still a fucking amateur. Best of luck in all of your future endeavors.

Posted by The author of The Grammar Bible | June 28, 2014 10:13 AM

L0L old dad rock

Posted by Anonymous | June 28, 2014 12:51 PM

He should tour with Bill Ward.

Posted by Anonymous | June 28, 2014 3:57 PM

For all his condescension and hipster bluster, Ginger Baker's drumming has never even once come close to "swinging."

He sucks.

Posted by Anonymous | June 29, 2014 1:58 PM

"L0L old dad rock"

True; he should drum for Hot Chip instead.

Posted by Anonymous | June 30, 2014 12:14 PM

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