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Ginger Baker @ B.B. King Blues Club

Legendary drummer Ginger Baker will perform for two nights as a part of the Blue Note Jazz Festival. He’ll be joined by Pee Wee Ellis, Alec Dankworth & Abass Dodoo.

Ginger Baker @ B.B. King Blues Club

Legendary drummer Ginger Baker will perform for two nights as a part of the Blue Note Jazz Festival. He’ll be joined by Pee Wee Ellis, Alec Dankworth & Abass Dodoo.

“Classic Artists” by Cream

Artist: Cream
Title: “Classic Artists”
Label: VH1 Classics
Release Date: 11/21/2006
Genre: Blues Rock
Rating: 3.5/5

It is almost hard to believe that one of the most iconic bands in modern music history only did their thing for two years but such was the case when it came to The Cream. Formed in 1966 and disbanded in 1968, this legendary Blues Rock band featured the talents of Eric Clapton (guitar), Jack Bruce (bass, vocals) and Ginger Baker (drums). Together they defined the way that generations would appreciate and deliver Rock music and would be hailed as one of the first-ever Rock Super Groups as each of the members were well respected in a number of musical circles of the time. Eric Clapton, formerly of The Yardbirds, was the most known of the three and the idea of such players joining forces together was simply unheard of. Today the term is used far too often and the musical output less than memorable on most counts. This DVD is loaded with some great facts about the bands formation and what led to it with the details coming to life via numerous reflective interviews with the band members themselves as well as respected journalists David Fricke (Rolling Stone) and Chris Welch (Melody Maker). Welch’s contributions are most notable for he is also the author of the bands biography “Strange Brew”. The viewer hears from Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun, Jim Marshall (yes from the amps) and many, many more and this all makes it a thoroughly interesting documentary to sit through. Most of the band interview footage is recent and that is fun to observe as they recollect their unique history some forty years later about their beginnings, their breakup and the pending 2005 reunion tour that was set to occur when the DVD was being filmed. It was great to see how candid they spoke of the times in the past and how they felt of things that happened later in life. Each member is interviewed separately so you tend to get a fresh perspective on each inquiry that way.
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“Gold” by Cream

Artist: Cream
Title: “Gold”
Label: Universal Music
Release Date: 4/26/2005
Genre: Rock
Rating: 5/5

There have been a number of Cream “Best of” collections over the years and this is arguably the best Cream compilation available. Gold is a combination of studio and live tracks that show why Cream’s music has endured for so long. Even though Cream’s active years were only1966 through 1968, their influence is still felt today with their combination of Blues, Jazz, freeform jamming and Psychedelia.
If you have never really checked out Cream this disk is a great place to start. Gold is an excellent collection that is a testament to why Cream is one of the greatest bands in Rock.
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