Ginger Baker: Rain and the Rhinoceros
Rain and the Rhinoceros
Ginger Baker (drums)
Unseen Rain (Day Eight Music DEMCD 028)
Jens Johansson (piano).
Composed by Ginger Baker, Jens Johansson & Jonas Hellborg.
Recorded: New York, 1992
Rating: 92/100 (learn more)
Despite Ginger Baker's place in rock history as the drummer for uber-supergroup Cream, many fans have seen him as just some heavy-handed plodder who was in the right place at the right time. But people who believe that have not been paying attention. Baker has done quite a few projects over the years that are kilometers away from the power trio bashing of Cream and his other rock excursions with Blind Faith and Ginger Baker's Army. "Rain and the Rhinoceros" from Unseen Rain is a perfect example. With bassist Hellborg and pianist Johansson, Baker creates a hypnotic spell. His drumming is quasi-martial, never veering out of formation. It has no highs or lows. It is just there like life's rhythm itself. It is devoid of melody, of course, but is the melody just the same. The whole album is that way. Ginger is more than a thrasher. He is a thinker. You should consider discovering this side of Baker.
Reviewer: Walter Kolosky