In August 2009, legendary rock drummer Ginger Baker (of Graham Bond Organisation, Cream, Blind faith, Airforce, Baker-Gurvitz Army et al) miraculously reached his 70th Birthday. In October he also published his long awaited autobiography ‘Hellraiser’ (pub: John Blake), a book that for various reasons has taken him over twenty-years to complete. To coincide with these two momentous events a ‘gig with special friends’ was held at London’s Jazz Cafe on 4th November 2009. This CD & DVD commemorates this historic & prestigious event & invites you to share the music & atmosphere of the venue. Ginger demonstrates his musical fluidity & prowess with a range of numbers spanning the back catalogue of his phenomenal career. He is helped in this by guitarist/singer Chris Goss (Masters of Reality), bassist extraordinaire Jonas Helborg, percussionist Dodoo Abass, world renowned saxophonist Peter King, along with Ginger’s daughter Leda Baker (Rubella Ballet/various) on guitar/backing vocals. For the last two numbers Ginger is joined by his ‘surprise’ guest & very ‘special’ friend Steve Winwood in a moving reconciliation that sees them play two show-stopping Blind Faith numbers and re winds time to when they last played together in Ginger Bakers Airforce in 1970.
UNFORTUNATELY, those two last numbers are not on the dvd and cd!!!!!! Winwood obviously declined to have his appearance on this release. Great shame and makes a very short concert even shorter.