Friday, 14 May 2010

Ginger Baker's Air Force "Ginger Baker's Air Force"

Ginger Baker's Air Force

"Ginger Baker's Air Force"

( 2XLP Polydor Records, 1970 )
Catalog # 2662 001

A1 - Da Da Man
A2 - Early In The Morning
B1 - Don't Care
B2 - Toad
C1 - Aiko Biaye
C2 - Man Of Constant Sorrow
D1 - Do What You Like
D2 - Doin' It

Personnel & Credits:
Bass, Violin - Rick Grech
Drums - Ginger Baker , Remi Kabaka
Engineer - Andrew Johns
Engineer [Assistant] - George Chkiantz
Guitar, Vocals - Denny Laine
Percussion - Phil Seamen
Producer - Jimmy Miller
Saxophone [Alto] - Graham Bond
Saxophone [Tenor], Flute - Chris Wood, Harold McNair
Vocals - Jeanette Jacobs
Vocals, Organ - Steve Winwood

Recorded live at The Royal Albert Hall, London.

Out of the wreckage of Cream came some very hip grooves! Ginger Baker was the hippest of the group's 3 members and although he's often credited by soul fans for his work with Fela, he should also get a hats off for his work with the group Air Force essentially a 10-piece (which seems to have been expanded beyond even that number for this set) that came up with some of the most monstrous art funk jamming we've heard! At its base, the group's in the jazz rock mode with players that include Brit jazz luminaries Phil Seamen, Harold McNair, and Graham Bond, plus rockers like Baker, Steve Winwood, Denny Laine, and Rick Grech. The tracks are all long groovers in a post-beat group mode and the best tracks have a jamming sound that's pretty over the top! It's full of the propulsive, Afro-influenced bass and percussion, some wild, jazz funk flute and sax, plus amazing work on violin, guitar and occasional, ephemeral vocals. Awesome stuff -- one of the best and most innovative live albums of the era!
From Dusty Groove America, Inc. (Copyright © 2010, All rights reserved

By Celo

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