New Yorker Review
March 17, 1997
Through March 16: Ginger Baker's Denver Jazz Quartet. After the mid-life triumph of his last two jazz-inflected recordings, Going Back Home and Falling Off The Roof, Baker, the former Cream drummer, can almost be forgiven for introducing the extended - and now obligatory - drum solo into rock music thirty years ago. His exhibitionism aside, he has always been a particularly musical drummer whose personal sense of swing combines primal directness with gambols of dazzling multi-rhythmic complexity. Unfortunately, neither Charlie Haden nor Bill Frisell, his Going Home teammates, will be joining him, but he'll have the adventurous young trumpeter Ron Miles and the marvellous, unsung early-fusion guitarist Jerry Hahn on hand.
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