Kofi Baker’s Cream Experience will be performing at the Rev Room on Thursday, June 7th, 2012. Little Rock Concerts Examiner Jerry Tucker recently talked to Kofi.
Jerry-I’m talking to Kofi Baker. Kofi Baker’s Cream Experience coming up June 7th, at the Rev Room in Little Rock. Kofi , it’s been about 45 years since Cream was performing. Why do you think their music still has maintained its relevance?
Kofi-Good musicianship is always timeless, so I think that’s the main thing is, they were good musicians, the best of their time. That’s why they were called Cream….They’re the cream of the crop. That’s basically what I’m doing, it’s the same thing. I’ve got Ric Fierabracci, one of the best bass players around, did Chick Corea’s Electric Band and all that kind of stuff. And I’m a jazz drummer. And Fran Banish is a blues guitar player, he played with Keb’ Mo’ and Keb’ Mo’s guitar teacher. So that’s the thing. Cream is timeless because of musicianship, so I’m trying to keep it going with good musicianship doing that kind of music.
Jerry-I’m kind of curious, what age do you find most of the audience at your shows?
Kofi-Well, it varies. We have young people and old people. Mostly it’s the fifty year olds but we’re getting a lot of young people too. Like I said, we’re doing really good musicianship so it should appeal to everybody. We’re not just doing Cream, we’re doing Hendrix, Blind Faith, The Beatles, and all kinds of stuff.
Jerry-So Hendrix, is that where the Cream ‘Experience’ comes from?
Kofi-Yeah, Cream Experience, because it’s not a Cream tribute either. We don’t dress up and try to play exactly like Cream. We do our own take on it. A more modern take, so that’s why we think we’re gonna get more of the younger kids coming.
Jerry-You’re dad, the great Ginger Baker, what does he think of the band?
Kofi-He doesn’t really care much I don’t think. He’s doing his own thing.
Jerry-What is he doing now?
Kofi-He’s just hanging out in London, playing shows here and there. He’s a lot older now and his health is not that great, so I think he’s just taking it easy.
Jerry-Your childhood must have been pretty different from most peoples. What was it like growing up around all those legends?
Kofi-Well, they’re just, like, people. I don’t know any different. I grew up with that being my life so it’s normal for me to be around those people. People say, ‘Oh, if you meet Eric Clapton you do this’ but it’s just normal. It’s just normal people.
Jerry-Has Eric or Jack seen the show?
Kofi-I have no idea. If they come to a show, no one knows. Incognito, when they show up to a show like that.
Jerry-Nowadays, is it the old stuff that you listen to, or are there any new artists that you enjoy?
Kofi-I listen to everything. Mainly when I’m working for the artist, though. So, it just depends who I’m working for, who I listen to. I don’t usually listen to music unless I’m working for them.
Jerry-What are some of your favorite Cream songs to play?
Kofi-I like them all so it’s hard to say a favorite. I like ‘em all. The ones with the jazz in it are my favorite.
Jerry-Have you ever been to Little Rock before?
Kofi-Yeah. I’ve been all over America.
Jerry-What band have you been here with?
Kofi-Several different things….I’m a session guy so I play with a lot of different bands all over the place. I’ve been in and out of Arkansas many times…..I tour a lot. I’ve been touring for the past 30 years. Probably a lot with Chris Poland from Megadeth, I toured with him through that area.
Jerry-Well, we are really excited to have you here. We think it’s gonna be a great show at the Rev Room.
Kofi-Yeah, it should be a great show. If you like good musicianship, come out.
Kofi Baker’s Cream Experience will play the Rev Room in Little Rock on Thursday, June 7th, 2012.