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Ginger Baker's Air Force: Ginger Baker's Air Force [Atco, 1970]
Contrary to rumor, Baker is not the best drummer in the world. Elvin Jones is. (Not to mention Keith Moon. Or Tony Williams. Or whoever's at the Village Vanguard this week.) And I wouldn't want to hear Elvin Jones's ten-piece horn band, either--good horn players lead their own bands, and bands led by drummers tend to leave a lot of space for drum solos. Plus this is a live double album and the sound is terrible. Plus I'm starting a rumor that Stevie Winwood is no longer the best Stevie Winwood in the world. D+