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Baker's Dozen

Air Force 13: Ginger Baker's Favourite Albums
David Stubbs , November 26th, 2012 07:26

Ginger Baker's Jazz Confusion are playing London's Jazz Cafe this week and are one of the first acts to be announced for next year's Field Day; in advance, the legendary drummer picks out his top 13 LPs


Duke Ellington - Ellington At Newport
From 1956, this. The great thing about that is the Paul Gonzales tenor solo on 'Crescendo In Blue'. The band were just rocking. Fantastic recording. The performance that reignited Ellington's career? I don't know anything about the background to it – I don't study history. There was a very amusing incident some time after that – Gonzales got up to take a solo and the crowd, who loved him at that point, burst into applause. He thought that meant he'd finished, so he sat straight back down again.