Ginger Baker's enormous contributions to jazz and rock are unprecedented. The British drummer is acclaimed for infusing rock with the often unsung sounds of modern jazz. His early trajectory began with the Graham Bond Organisation -- they supported The Who, The Troggs and The Moody Blues on tour. Afterwards, Baker joined forces with Jack Bruce and Eric Clapton between 1966-1968, where album after album of traditional blues and original music gave the power trio an opportunity to explore improvisation. When Baker tore into the toms to create his own brand of "tribal sounds," his African-influenced solos rocked the world. Although Blind Faith had a short run, his time with Rick Grech, Steve Winwood and Clapton was impressively productive.
But besides enjoying his time performing, Baker developed side projects. After developing a fascination with Nigerian music in the 1970s, he went to Lagos and began constructing the Batakota (ARC) recording facility. While awaiting completion, he recorded a groundbreaking album with Fela Kuti, Fela Ransome - Kuti and Africa 70 With Ginger Baker at London's famed Abbey Road Studios.
Baker continued recording and performing with the Ginger Baker Trio (Charlie Haden and Bill Frisell), The Baker Gurvitz Army and with DJQ20, he recorded his last album, Coward of the Country (with Ron Miles, Artie Moore...). With his first album out in 16 years, Baker celebrates African culture and American classics. Why? includes golden classics like "Footprints" (Wayne Shorter), "St. Thomas" (Sonny Rollins) as well as the traditional Nigerian "Aiko." Baker has also announced a North American tour to follow.