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Old 10-28-2014, 02:43 PM
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Default Ginger Baker Reacts to Passing of Jack Bruce

Legendary drummer Ginger Baker pays tribute to 'one-off' Jack Bruce
By Western Morning News *|* Posted: October 26, 2014
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Speaking from a hotel in the Republic of Ireland, Baker, 75, said: We go back a long way, I called him Wee Jack. Its a big loss to the world and Im very sad.

I found out yesterday when my daughter phoned me and my first reaction was that it was a hoax because I have been reported dead so many times myself, but then it became reality.

It was quite a while since I last spoke to him but he was a one-off, his approach to music made him special.

My feeling is with his wife Margrit and his kids.

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Old 10-28-2014, 04:33 PM
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Thank you for sharing the article and waving the flag on Mr. Jack Bruces death. He was a true fantastic musician... Rest In Peace.
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Old 10-28-2014, 05:02 PM
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Old 10-28-2014, 05:45 PM
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Considering how many time Ginger slammed Jack in interviews over the years, I was surprised Ginger had anything nice to say.
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Old 10-28-2014, 09:37 PM
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So was I, the arguments they had during the Cream years were legendary. Just shows, even the grumpiest old g*t realises that life is too short and the music they made is far more important than scoring points.

They were a great rhythm section and they must have got on when the band first started. Nice of Ginger to bury the hatchet, means even more coming from a, how shall I say, difficult guy like him.
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Old 10-28-2014, 11:26 PM
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Ginger is a human, like everybody else has a heart in there....somewhere...and it finally came out. I was pleased to hear what he said. Our mortality always levels the playing field for everybody.
Great rhythm section and if you read Ginger's or Jack's autobio, they pretty much NEVER got along, even while forming Cream, but playing together transcended their differences.
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Considering how many time Ginger slammed Jack in interviews over the years, I was surprised Ginger had anything nice to say.
Agreed. I'm just picking myself up off the floor as we speak. They've been sniping at each other forever. It is nice to see a more mellow reflection from Ginger.

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they pretty much NEVER got along,
Yep. Their fights have become the stuff of legend. I think there might have been a 15 minute period during their tenure with Alexis Korner where they were amicable. But the animosity had well and truly set in by the time they branched out into the Graham Bond Organization. It's amazing Cream were able to function at all by all accounts.
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Old 10-28-2014, 11:47 PM
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True. Very well said, the power of music goes beyond humane differences...
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I'm relieved. I was expecting another faux pas followed by yet another anti Ginger session. Obviously, despite their differences there was also great respect.

I have no problem with artists talking trash to journalists - it doesn't necessarily follow that they are like that with others. I saw an interview with James Brown where people were saying he's crazy because he kept replying to intrusive personal questions by smiling and singing his song lyrics as though he was on another planet - but he answered all questions about his music and tour dates lucidly enough.
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This was the reaction I was waiting for. Somebody on Reddit made the cheeky comment as soon as the news broke that Baker would be complaining that Bruce died too loudly. Gave me a chuckle in my midst of sadness (for what its worth, I am a huge Cream/Jack Bruce fan and was devastated from his passing. Still getting over it).
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Considering how many time Ginger slammed Jack in interviews over the years, I was surprised Ginger had anything nice to say.
My thoughts exactly.

I wonder if that quote really came from Ginger, or his people.
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I'm relieved. I was expecting another faux pas followed by yet another anti Ginger session.
Yeah, I braced myself when I clicked on the topic.

Given Mr. Baker's reputation, it's almost like a Dickensian redemption.
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My thoughts exactly.

I wonder if that quote really came from Ginger, or his people.
I don't know if Baker really has "people" so to speak. He's working because his financial situation is reportedly dire.

As for snipping and ripping on each other, it might have been grouchy good fun. I sort of got that impression especially after viewing the Chad Smith follow up interviews to the Beware Mr. Baker documentary.
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Old 10-29-2014, 01:52 PM
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Nice to see that Ginger's first response is to turn it into something about himself.... Classy as ever.
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Nice to see that Ginger's first response is to turn it into something about himself.... Classy as ever.
I didn't get that from it at all.
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Part of the soundtrack of my life has left.Rest easy Jack,and thanks for all the great music.

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I didn't get that from it at all.
I thought Ginger's comments, all things considered, were quite respectful and thoughtful. Understandably, his reputation and past relationship with Jack may influence how we interpret what Ginger said, but IMHO Ginger really took the high road here.
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Old 10-30-2014, 12:43 AM
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I agree. Ginger's words about Jack Bruce come across to my ears as heartfelt and sad. I suspect some of the reasons for acrimony turn to mist when you're friend is gone for good.

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Of course, he's got a heart, its just been obscured all these years.

He's also got 2 bass drums, forever. Is his main bass drum a 20 inch? Was it always so?
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Old 10-30-2014, 06:23 PM
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Of course, he's got a heart, its just been obscured all these years.

He's also got 2 bass drums, forever. Is his main bass drum a 20 inch? Was it always so?
Yeah.Most of the time,Baker played a 20 on his right and a 22 on he left.

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