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 +'''Peter Edward "Ginger" Baker''' (born 19 August 1939, [[Lewisham]], [[South London]]) is an English [[drummer]], best known for his work with [[Cream (band)|Cream]] and [[Blind Faith]]. He is also known for his numerous associations with [[World music]], mainly the use of [[Music of Africa|African]] influences. He has also had other collaborations such as with [[Gary Moore]], [[Hawkwind]] and [[Public Image Ltd|Public Image Ltd.]].
-'''Jonas Hellborg''' (born June 7, 1958) is a [[Sweden|Swedish]] [[bass guitar]]ist. He has collaborated with [[John McLaughlin (musician)|John McLaughlin]], [[Sultan Khan (musician)|Ustad Sultan Khan]], Fazal Qureshi, [[Bill Laswell]], [[Shawn Lane]], [[Jens Johansson]], [[Michael Shrieve]], [[V. Selvaganesh]], [[Mattias IA Eklundh]] and [[Buckethead]].+Baker's drumming attracted attention for its flamboyance, showmanship and his use of two bass drums instead of the [[conventional]] single [[Bass drum|bass]] ''kick'' drum (following a similar set-up used by [[Louie Bellson]] during his days with [[Duke Ellington]]). Although a firmly established rock drummer and praised as "Rock's first superstar drummer",
-==Recording career==+Baker's influence has extended to drummers of both genres, including [[Billy Cobham]], [[Peter Criss]], [[Bill Ward (musician)|Bill Ward]], [[Ian Paice]], and [[John Bonham]]. [[AllMusic]] has described him as "the most influential percussionist of the 1960s" and stated that "virtually every drummer of every heavy metal band that has followed since that time has sought to emulate some aspect of Baker's playing."
-Hellborg began his music career in 1976 in Sweden touring with local rock acts. He was spotted by percussionist [[Reebop Kwaku Baah]] in a small club in Stockholm 1979 and he moved to London for a year to work with Reebop on different projects. He played the Montreux Jazz festival in Switzerland in 1981 and met [[Michael Brecker]] who introduced him to John McLaughlin, [[Billy Cobham]] and other fusion stars. He was asked to join John McLaughlin’s reformed [[Mahavishnu Orchestra]] in 1983 and he stayed with McLaughlin until 1988 touring and recording with Mahavishnu Orchestra and also doing several duet tours with McLaughlin during this time. +
-In 1986 and 1987 he toured with a project featuring [[Ginger Baker]] on drums and [[Bernie Worrell]] on keyboards.+While at times performing in a similar way to [[Keith Moon]] from [[The Who]], Baker also employs a more restrained style influenced by the British [[jazz]] groups he heard during the late 1950s and early 1960s. In his early days as a drummer, he performed lengthy drum solos, the best known being the five minute drum solo "[[Toad (song)|Toad]]" from [[Cream (band)|Cream]]'s debut album ''[[Fresh Cream]]'' (1966). He is also noted for using a variety of other [[Percussion instrument|percussion]] instruments and for his application of African rhythms. He would often emphasize the [[flam]], a [[rudiment|drum rudiment]] in which both sticks attack the drumhead at almost the same time, giving a heavy thunderous sound.
-In 1988 Hellborg moved to New York and started his own band which first included keyboardist [[Aydin Esen]] and drummer [[Kenwood Dennard]], later the Johansson Brothers, Jens on keyboards and Anders on drums. At the same time he started a recording studio together with producer/bassist [[Bill Laswell]] called Greenpoint Studios. They recorded a multitude of records there until early 1993, including The Word together with [[Tony Williams]], [[Octave of the Holy Innocents]] with [[Mike Shrieve]] and [[Buckethead]], Materials Hallucination Engine, E with the Johansson Brothers.  
-In 1993 he sold his part in the studio to Laswell and resettled in Paris, France. The following year he teamed up with guitarist [[Shawn Lane]], a cooperation that would last 9 years. The first record was ''[[Abstract Logic]]'' with Ginger Baker's son [[Kofi Baker|Kofi]] on drums; this was followed by [[Michael Shrieve]]’s “Two Doors”. By the third record they were joined by drummer [[Jeff Sipe]] and embarked on long stretch that produced 4 records and a lot of touring between 1995 and 1997. +==Discography==
-In 1998 Hellborg met percussionist [[V. Selvaganesh]] at a [[Zakir Hussain (musician)|Zakir Hussain]] concert in Paris. The two formed another long lasting musical partnership that has been ongoing since then. To start with Selvaganesh joined Hellborg in duets and in different “classical” settings Hellborg was working on at the time. Later a group was formed first in trio with Lane then grew into a quintet including Selvaganesh’s 2 brothers V. Umashankar and V. Umamahesh. 2 CD’s and a DVD were produced with this group. After Shawn Lane's death in 2003, Hellborg has continued to explore amalgamations of Indian and Western music, working with Indian masters as [[Debashish Bhattacharya]], [[Niladri Kumar]], [[Vikku Vinayakram]], [[Tanmoy Bose]] and [[U. Shrinivas]]. He has also started a new Metal-Fusion project with guitarist [[Mattias IA Eklundh]] called Art Metal. +===The Storyville Jazz Men and The Hugh Rainey Allstars===
 +*''Storyville Re-Visited'' (1958) also featuring Bob Wallis and Ginger Baker
-Hellborg founded his own record label Day Eight Music in 1979 releasing his first solo bass record The Bassic Thing – an early showcase of his pioneering chordal, and for the time very advanced, slapping approaches. It is also noteworthy that it was the first LP ever to feature solely bass guitar. With the move to the US a new entity was formed called Bardo Music that took over the responsibilities of Hellborgs output now counting around 40 odd releases.+===Graham Bond Organisation===
- +*''Roarin''' with Don Rendell (Jazz) (1961)
-==Musical equipment==+*''Live at Klooks Kleek'' (1964)
-Hellborg has been involved in instrument design from early on in his career. His work includes a signature model for [[Aria (guitar company)|Aria]], the first ever biamped bass amplifier (in cooperation with Italian company [[FBT]]), a double neck bass, fretted and fretless, for British company [[Wal (bass)|Wal]] in 1983 and, in 1984, an acoustic bass in collaboration with master luthier [[Abraham Wechter]]. +*''The Sound of 65'' (1965)
- +*''There's a Bond Between Us'' (1965)
-After working with a further half dozen of other companies with signature models and inventions he now, together with [[Warwick (bass guitar)|Warwick]], created a new bass and a high end line of bass amplification.+
- +
-Hellborg has published 2 books in the early 80’s with Music Sales of London, one on slap bass called ''Thumb Bassics'', and a chord book called Chord Bassics.+
- +
-==Discography==+
-;As band leader+
-*''The Bassic Thing'' (solo bass)(1979), Day Eight Music+
-*''Elegant Punk'' (solo bass)(1984), Day Eight Music+
-*''Axis'' (1988), Day Eight Music+
-*''Adfa'' (1989), Day Eight Music+
-*''Bass'', Day Eight Music+
-*''The Silent Life'' (acoustic solo bass) (1991), Day Eight Music+
-*''Jonas Hellborg Group'' (1990), Day Eight Music+
-*''Jonas Hellborg Group E'' (1991), Day Eight Music+
-*''The Word'' (1991), Axiom+
-*''[[Abstract Logic (album)|Abstract Logic]]'', Bardo+
-*''[[Octave of the Holy Innocents]]'' (1993), Day Eight Music (re-released 2003, Bardo)+
-*''[[Temporal Analogues of Paradise]]'', Bardo+
-*''[[Time Is the Enemy]]'', Bardo+
-*''Aram of the 2 Rivers'' (1999), Bardo+
-*''[[Zenhouse]]'' (1999), Bardo+
-*''[[Good People in Times of Evil]]'', Bardo +
-*''[[Personae (album)|Personae]]'', Bardo+
-*''[[Icon: A Transcontinental Gathering]]'', Bardo+
-*''Paris'' (DVD) Bardo+
-*''Kali's Son'' (2006), Bardo+
-*''Art Metal'' (2007), Bardo+
-;With [[The Mahavishnu Orchestra]]+===Cream Discography===
-*[[Mahavishnu (album)|Mahavishnu]], (1984) Warner Bros.+*''[[Fresh Cream]]'' Polydor (1966)
-*[[Adventures in Radioland]], (1986) Relativity+*''[[Disraeli Gears]]'' Polydor (1967)
 +*''[[Wheels of Fire]]'' Polydor (1968)
 +*''[[Goodbye (Cream album)|Goodbye]]'' Polydor (1969)
 +*''[[Live Cream]]'' Polydor (1970)
 +*''[[Live Cream Volume II]]'' Polydor (1972)
 +*''[[BBC Sessions (Cream album)|BBC Sessions]]'' (2003)
 +*''[[Royal Albert Hall London May 2-3-5-6, 2005|Royal Albert Hall London, May 2–3, 5-6 2005]]'' Reprise (2005)
-;With Deadline+===Blind Faith Discography===
-*Dissident (1991), Day Eight Music+*''[[Blind Faith (Blind Faith album)|Blind Faith]]'' Polydor (1969)
-*Down by Law, Cell+
-;With [[Michael Joseph Smith]]+===Ginger Baker's Air Force Discography===
-*Faces, Day Eight Music+*''[[Ginger Baker's Air Force (album)|Ginger Baker's Air Force]]'' Atco (1970)
-*All our steps, Day Eight Music+*''[[Ginger Baker's Air Force 2|Ginger Baker's Air Force II]]'' Atco (1970)
-;With [[Michael Shrieve]]+===Baker Gurvitz Army Discography===
-*Two Doors, CMP+*''[[Baker Gurvitz Army (Album)|Baker Gurvitz Army]]'' Janus (1974)
-*THE LEAVING TIME,NOVUS/BMG+*''Elysian Encounter'' Atco (1975)
 +*''Hearts on Fire'' Atco (1976)
 +*''Flying In and Out of Stardom'' Castle (2003)
 +*''Greatest Hits'' GB Music (2003)
 +*''Live in Derby'' Major league productions (2005)
 +*''Live'' Revisited (2005)
-;With [[Public Image Ltd]]+===Solo Discography===
-*Album, Virgin+*''[[Stratavarious]]'' Polydor (1972)
 +*'' Ginger Baker & Friends'' Mountain (1976)
 +*''Eleven Sides of Baker'' Sire (1977)
 +*''From Humble Oranges'' CDG (1983)
 +*''[[Horses & Trees]]'' Celluloid (1986)
 +*''No Material'' live album ITM (1987)
 +*''Middle Passage'' Axiom (1990)
 +*''Unseen Rain'' Day Eight (1992)
 +*''Going Back Home'' Atlantic (1994)
 +*''Ginger Baker's Energy'' ITM (1995)
 +*''Ginger Baker The Album'' ITM (1995)
 +*''Falling off the roof'' Atlantic (1995)
 +*''Do What You Like'' Polydor (1998)
 +*''Coward of the County'' Atlantic (1999)
 +*''African Force'' ITM (2001)
 +*''African Force: Palanquin's Pole'' Synergie (2006)
-;With [[Trilok Gurtu]]+===Other===
-*Usfret, CMP+* ''[[Live! (Fela Kuti album)|Live!]]'' [[Fela Kuti|Fela Ransome-Kuti]] and The Africa'70 with Ginger Baker, [[Regal Zonophone Records|Regal Zonophoneas]]/Pathe Philips (1971) / Polydor (1972)
 +* ''[[Band on the Run]]'' [[Paul McCartney]] and [[Wings (band)|Wings]], Capitol/EMI (1973)
 +* ''[[Levitation (album)|Levitation]]'' [[Hawkwind]], Bronze (1980)
 +* ''[[Zones (album)|Zones]]'' [[Hawkwind]], [[Flicknife Records|Flicknife]] (1983)
 +* ''[[This Is Hawkwind, Do Not Panic]]'' [[Hawkwind]], Flicknife (1984)
 +* ''[[Album (Public Image Limited album)|Album]]'' [[Public Image Ltd]], Elektra/Virgin (1986)
 +* ''Unseen Rain'' with [[Jens Johansson]] and [[Jonas Hellborg]], Day Eight (1992)
 +* ''[[Sunrise on the Sufferbus]]'' by [[Masters of Reality]], Chrysalis (1992)
 +* ''[[Around the Next Dream]]''[[BBM]], Capitol (1994)
 +* ''Coward of the County'' Ginger Baker and the Denver Jazz Quartet Atlantic (1999)
-;With [[Sultan Khan (musician)|Sultan Khan]] and [[Fazal Qureshi]]+==Ginger Baker's Drum Kit==
-*Friends Across Boundaries, Ninaad Music +Baker's current kit is made by [[Drum Workshop]]. He used [[Ludwig-Musser|Ludwig]] drums until the late 1990s. All of his [[cymbals]] are made by [[Zildjian]]; the 22" rivet [[ride cymbal]] and the 14" [[hi-hats]] he currently uses are the same ones he used during the last two [[Cream (band)|Cream]] tours in 1968.<
-;With [[Ginger Baker]]+===Drums===
-*Unseen Rain, Day Eight Music+;1960s
-*Middle Passage, Axiom+*20"x 14" Bass (right foot)
 +*22"x 14" Bass (left foot)
 +*12x8" & 13x9" top toms
 +*14x14" & 16x14" floor toms
 +*1940's 6.5" x 14" black finished Leedy Broadway wood Snare
 +Snare tuned high, toms and bass tuned low
-;With [[Kollektiv]]+In May 1968 Baker purchased a new Ludwig drum kit with 20"x14" & 22"x14" bass drums, a 14"x5" metal Super-Sensitive snare and the same-sized toms for Cream's farewell tour.
-*feat. Jonas Hellborg, ITM+
-;With [[Jens Johansson]]+;Current drums
-*Fjäderlösa tvåfotingar, Day Eight Music+*10"x 8",12" x 9" ,13" x 10" ,14" x 12", [[Tom drum|Toms]] ''on front rack stands''
 +*20"x 14" & 22" x 14" [[Bass Drum|Bass drums]]
 +*13" Edge Snare drum [[Snare drum|Snare]]
 +*14" Leedy Snare (Spare)
 +*[[Drum Workshop|DW]] 5000 Accelerator Bass Drum Pedals
 +*4 DW cymbal stands
 +*1 DW 5000 HiHat Stand
 +*1 DW Snare Stand
 +*[[Zildjian]] Ginger Baker 7a sticks
-;With [[Anders Johansson]]+===Cymbals===
-*Shutka, Day Eight Music+1963–present made by [[Zildjian]]
-*Red Shift, Heptagon+
-;With RAF (feat. Peter Brötzmann, Bill Laswell, Jamal Evans)+;1960s
-Ode to a Tractor (1992), Day Eight Music+*16" crash ''left upper
 +*13" crash ''left lower''
 +*14" hi-hats ''left''
 +*20" ride ''right front lower''
 +*14" crash ''right front upper''
 +*22" rivet crash/ride ''right back upper''
 +*18" crash ''right back lower''
 +*8" which Ginger once called a "joke effect" splash ''right of middle''
-;With [[Reebop]]+;Percussion
-Melodies in a Jungle Man's Head, Day Eight Music+*16" K Dark Thin Crash
 +*15" A New Beat Hi Hats
 +*8" A Splash
 +*8" A Fast Splash
 +*10" A Splash
 +*8" A Splash
 +*13" Top Hat
 +*22" A Series Medium Ride Rivet Ride
 +*18" China
 +*18" A Medium Crash
 +*Cow bells ''front right''
-;With Shining Path 
-*No Other World (1992) 
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Peter Edward "Ginger" Baker (born 19 August 1939, Lewisham, South London) is an English drummer, best known for his work with Cream and Blind Faith. He is also known for his numerous associations with World music, mainly the use of African influences. He has also had other collaborations such as with Gary Moore, Hawkwind and Public Image Ltd..

Baker's drumming attracted attention for its flamboyance, showmanship and his use of two bass drums instead of the conventional single bass kick drum (following a similar set-up used by Louie Bellson during his days with Duke Ellington). Although a firmly established rock drummer and praised as "Rock's first superstar drummer",

Baker's influence has extended to drummers of both genres, including Billy Cobham, Peter Criss, Bill Ward, Ian Paice, and John Bonham. AllMusic has described him as "the most influential percussionist of the 1960s" and stated that "virtually every drummer of every heavy metal band that has followed since that time has sought to emulate some aspect of Baker's playing."

While at times performing in a similar way to Keith Moon from The Who, Baker also employs a more restrained style influenced by the British jazz groups he heard during the late 1950s and early 1960s. In his early days as a drummer, he performed lengthy drum solos, the best known being the five minute drum solo "Toad" from Cream's debut album Fresh Cream (1966). He is also noted for using a variety of other percussion instruments and for his application of African rhythms. He would often emphasize the flam, a drum rudiment in which both sticks attack the drumhead at almost the same time, giving a heavy thunderous sound.


Contents

Discography

The Storyville Jazz Men and The Hugh Rainey Allstars

  • Storyville Re-Visited (1958) also featuring Bob Wallis and Ginger Baker

Graham Bond Organisation

  • Roarin' with Don Rendell (Jazz) (1961)
  • Live at Klooks Kleek (1964)
  • The Sound of 65 (1965)
  • There's a Bond Between Us (1965)

Cream Discography

Blind Faith Discography

Ginger Baker's Air Force Discography

Baker Gurvitz Army Discography

  • Baker Gurvitz Army Janus (1974)
  • Elysian Encounter Atco (1975)
  • Hearts on Fire Atco (1976)
  • Flying In and Out of Stardom Castle (2003)
  • Greatest Hits GB Music (2003)
  • Live in Derby Major league productions (2005)
  • Live Revisited (2005)

Solo Discography

  • Stratavarious Polydor (1972)
  • Ginger Baker & Friends Mountain (1976)
  • Eleven Sides of Baker Sire (1977)
  • From Humble Oranges CDG (1983)
  • Horses & Trees Celluloid (1986)
  • No Material live album ITM (1987)
  • Middle Passage Axiom (1990)
  • Unseen Rain Day Eight (1992)
  • Going Back Home Atlantic (1994)
  • Ginger Baker's Energy ITM (1995)
  • Ginger Baker The Album ITM (1995)
  • Falling off the roof Atlantic (1995)
  • Do What You Like Polydor (1998)
  • Coward of the County Atlantic (1999)
  • African Force ITM (2001)
  • African Force: Palanquin's Pole Synergie (2006)

Other

Ginger Baker's Drum Kit

Baker's current kit is made by Drum Workshop. He used Ludwig drums until the late 1990s. All of his cymbals are made by Zildjian; the 22" rivet ride cymbal and the 14" hi-hats he currently uses are the same ones he used during the last two Cream tours in 1968.<

Drums

1960s
  • 20"x 14" Bass (right foot)
  • 22"x 14" Bass (left foot)
  • 12x8" & 13x9" top toms
  • 14x14" & 16x14" floor toms
  • 1940's 6.5" x 14" black finished Leedy Broadway wood Snare

Snare tuned high, toms and bass tuned low

In May 1968 Baker purchased a new Ludwig drum kit with 20"x14" & 22"x14" bass drums, a 14"x5" metal Super-Sensitive snare and the same-sized toms for Cream's farewell tour.

Current drums
  • 10"x 8",12" x 9" ,13" x 10" ,14" x 12", Toms on front rack stands
  • 20"x 14" & 22" x 14" Bass drums
  • 13" Edge Snare drum Snare
  • 14" Leedy Snare (Spare)
  • DW 5000 Accelerator Bass Drum Pedals
  • 4 DW cymbal stands
  • 1 DW 5000 HiHat Stand
  • 1 DW Snare Stand
  • Zildjian Ginger Baker 7a sticks

Cymbals

1963–present made by Zildjian

1960s
  • 16" crash left upper
  • 13" crash left lower
  • 14" hi-hats left
  • 20" ride right front lower
  • 14" crash right front upper
  • 22" rivet crash/ride right back upper
  • 18" crash right back lower
  • 8" which Ginger once called a "joke effect" splash right of middle
Percussion
  • 16" K Dark Thin Crash
  • 15" A New Beat Hi Hats
  • 8" A Splash
  • 8" A Fast Splash
  • 10" A Splash
  • 8" A Splash
  • 13" Top Hat
  • 22" A Series Medium Ride Rivet Ride
  • 18" China
  • 18" A Medium Crash
  • Cow bells front right




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