Ginger Baker is probably best known as the drummer with
British rock band Cream and also Blind Faith. Despite being
hailed as The Greatest Rock Drummer he actually dislikes
the title preferring to proclaim himself a "jazz drummer".
Following his tenure with a number of jazz bands in the late
fifties and early sixties his career really began when he
joined the Graham Bond Organisation. From here he formed
Cream along with fellow Bond Organisation bassist Jack
Bruce and Eric Clapton guitarist with John Mayall's
Bluesbreakers. Cream were an instant hit particularly in
America were they sealed their reputation with extensive
touring and the release of the albums Fresh Cream, Disraeli
Gears and Wheels of Fire. Following the split with Cream
Ginger formed Blind Faith along with Eric Clapton Steve
Winwood and Ric Grech. Once again the band enjoyed
massive success in America and played one massively
attended open air gig in London's Hyde Park in June 1969.
Following this gig the band released their only studio album
the self titled Blind Faith.
Further collaborations with Hawkwind, The Masters of
Reality and a reunion with former Cream band mate Jack
Bruce in Baker Bruce and Moore were to keep Ginger's
name in the forefront of rock before Cream reunited in
May 2005 for a successful string of dates in London at the
Royal Albert Hall and New York at Madison Square Garden.
Ginger has also recorded a number of well received jazz
albums with his own jazz trio.
The recordings featured in the Official Ginger Baker Bootleg
series are sure to become collector's items and are all
sanctioned by Ginger Baker.