Ginger Baker's Air Force

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Ginger Baker's Air Force
Origin London, England
Genres Jazz-rock
Years active 1969–1971, 2015–present
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Members
Past members

Ginger Baker's Air Force is a jazz-rock fusion supergroup led by drummer Ginger Baker.

History[edit]

The band formed in late 1969 upon the disbandment of Blind Faith. The original lineup consisted of Ginger Baker on drums, Steve Winwood on organ and vocals, Ric Grech on violin and bass, Jeanette Jacobs on vocals, Denny Laine on guitar and vocals, Phil Seamen on drums, Alan White on drums, Chris Wood on tenor sax and flute, Graham Bond on alto sax, Harold McNair on tenor sax and flute, and Remi Kabaka on percussion. Their first live shows, at Birmingham Town Hall in 1969[1] and the Royal Albert Hall, in 1970, also included Eleanor Barooshian (both Jacobs and Barooshian were former members of girl group The Cake).

The band released two albums, both in 1970: Ginger Baker's Air Force and Ginger Baker's Air Force 2. The second album involved substantially different personnel from the first, with Ginger Baker and Graham Bond being the primary constants between albums.

Ginger Baker's Air Force also played a set at Wembley Stadium on 19 April 1970, during the start of the World Cup Rally, which went from London to Mexico City.

In late 2015 Baker announced he would be touring in 2016 with a new version of Ginger Baker's Air Force. The band booked a world tour under the name Ginger Baker's Air Force 3. It is unclear at this time who the other musicians in the band are but Baker's blog says the band will be him "showcasing new talent and collaborating with old friends."[2]

The band played one show in London on 26 January 2015. The performance was shortened and Baker had to take many breaks due to an injury he had previously sustained. In late February 2016 the entire tour was cancelled due to doctors having diagnosed Baker with "serious heart problems." It is unknown at this time if Ginger Baker's Air Force 3 will perform again or if Baker has permanently retired from touring and performing.[3]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • Ginger Baker's Air Force (Recorded Live at The Royal Albert Hall, London, 1970) LP X 2 Polydor – 2662 001 (1970) (UK)
  • Ginger Baker's Air Force 2 (Recorded at Trident Studios, London, May and October 1970 and at Olympic Studios, London, September 1970) LP X 1 Polydor – 2383 029 (1970) (UK)
  • Ginger Baker's Air Force 2 (Recorded at Trident Studios, London, May and October 1970 and at Olympic Studios, London, September 1970) LP X 1 Polydor – 2383 029 (1970) (Germany, France, Australia, New Zealand : different tracklisting)
  • Live In Offenbach, Germany 1970 (Recorded Live In The Stadthalle, Offenbach Germany 1970) CD X 2 Voiceprint – VPTMQ055CD (2010) (UK)
  • Do What You Like (Recorded Live at the Lyceum, London (UK), February 1, 1971 and live at the City Hall, Sheffield (UK), December 7, 1970 + studio outtakes, October 1970) CD X 1 ITM Archives ITM 920016 (2015) (UK)

Compilations[edit]

  • Free Kings LP x1 Karussell – 2499 018 (1971) (Germany)
  • Once Upon A Time LP X 2 RSO – 2658 138 (1972) (Germany)
  • Pop Giants LP X 1 Brunswick – 2911 522 (1973) (Germany)
  • Pop History LP X 2 Polydor – 2478 016/2478 017 (1974) (Germany)

Single[edit]

  • Man Of Constant Sorrow / Doin' It Polydor – 56380 (1970) (UK)

DVD[edit]

  • Live 1970 (Filmed in 1970 for German television) DVD x 1, Stereo, NTSC, Gonzo Multimedia – HST035DVD (2010) (UK)

Band members[edit]

  • Ginger Baker – drums (Jan. 1970 – Jan. 1971, 2015–present)

Former members[edit]

  • Denny Laine – guitar, vocals (Jan. 1970 – May 1970)
  • Ric Grech – bass, violin (Jan. 1970 – May 1970)
  • Harold McNair – saxophone, flute (Jan. 1970 – May 1970)
  • Chris Wood – saxophone, flute (Jan. 1970 – Mar.1970)
  • Graham Bond – saxophone, organ, vocals (Jan. 1970 – Jan. 1971)
  • Phil Seamen – drums (Jan. 1970 – May 1970)
  • Steve Winwood – organ, vocals (Jan. 1970 – Mar. 1970)
  • Jeanette Jacobs – vocals (Jan. 1970 – May 1970)
  • Remi Kabaka – percussion (Jan. 1970 – May 1970)
  • Alan White – drums, keyboard (Mar. 1970 – May 1970)
  • Colin Gibson – saxophone, bass (Mar. 1970 – Jan. 1971)
  • Diane Stewart – vocals (Mar. 1970 – Jan. 1971)
  • Eleanor Barooshian – vocals (Mar. 1970 – May 1970)
  • Rocky Dzidzornu - percussion (May 1970 - Sept. 1970)
  • Catherine James – vocals (May 1970 – Oct. 1970)
  • Ken Craddock – organ, guitar, vocals (Sept. 1970 – Jan. 1971)
  • Steve Gregory – saxophone, flute (Sept. 1970 – Jan. 1971)
  • Bud Beadle – saxophone (Sept. 1970 – Jan.1971)
  • Aliki Ashman – vocals (Sept. 1970 – Jan. 1971)
  • Neemoi "Speedy" Acquaye – congas (Sept. 1970 – Jan. 1971)
  • Gaspar Lawal – congas (Jan. 1971)
  • Johnny Haastrup - vocals (Jan. 1971)[4]

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