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'Beware of Mr. Baker' review: Bizarre doc captures madness behind the music

'Beware of Mr. Baker' review: Bizarre doc captures madness behind the music

*** (out of four) Thud! Whack! In different ways, those sounds summarize the opening of “Beware of Mr. Baker,” which first features the drumming attack of legendary Cream/Blind Faith drummer Ginger Baker—and then shows the now 70-plus Baker outside his South African home, jabbing documentarian Jay Bulger in the nose with a cane. That’s the brilliant, salty Baker for you, a man who used to look like “Top Chef” alum Spike Mendelsohn on a heroin binge and whose idols of jazz drumming (including Max Roach, Art Blakey and Elvin Jones) eventually became his friends. It’s an achievement of which Baker appears to be much more proud than his four wives and...

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