It's a while since I last blogged , but have been prompted by the sad news this last weekend of the passing of my favourite drummer , namely the late great Ginger Baker . Not really knowing the finer points of drumming ( as is evidenced on my own "Showcase" double C.D. " ' Bout time 2" made more than 5 years ago ) it would appear on some tracks that the drummer would have needed more than one pair of hands and feet , anyway that's another story .
But I always liked what Ginger put down on record and "Live" , especially the fabulous "Cream" stuff and a bit later the wonderful " Blind Faith " with only one Album and limited performances ( i was lucky to have been at the famous live one in London's Hyde Park back in 1969 ) . I particularly liked that Ginger was using the "Toms" more than say Cymbals and to me as a guitarist it made sense as regards time keeping in songs/ instrumentals , it was easier than listening out for 16ths or 32nds on the Cymbals , the "Tom-Tom" rolls were easy to follow in between verse , choruses etc etc giving the other members of the band perfect cues .
Yes Thankyou Ginger for your valuable contribution to the BEST period in music making , the late 60's and the 70's , when bands played REAL music unlike the crap we have to suffer these days .
R.I.P. Ginger and before this also Philo' , Rory and Gary , wonderful musicians them all .
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