Sunday, January 23, 2011
Ginger Baker's Airforce: Don't Care
If you can remember Ginger Baker's Airforce then you probably weren't in it. So it is just as well that there is an introduction to the band's history on Ginger Baker's website.
This loose group was put together by Baker after Eric Clapton walked out on Blind Faith. It issued two LPs in 1970, but few people played on both. This song is taken from the first LP, which was live and involved, among others, performers plucked from wreckage of Blind Faith and Traffic.
As far as I can discover, there are three saxophonists playing here: Graham Bond, Chris Wood and Harold Macnair. Steve Winwood is playing the organ and shares the vocals with Jeanette Jacobs. Jacobs was a member of the American girl group Cake and married Wood before dying at the age of 32.
Long, possibly substance-enhanced tracks of this sort can often descend into tedium and noodling, but here the sheer musicianship of those involved keeps things interesting.