Jack Bruce

I must have been a Cream fan by the time I was about 8 (this was pre-beard) because “White Room” was on the mix tape I had my dad make me around that time. Most of those songs are probably still on my iPod today. Cream was fascinating. A great name, evocative lyrics, and the voice on the guy who sang most of their songs- rich, dramatic, and not like anything else I’d heard at the time. That was Jack Bruce.

When I started playing music I was blown away by his aggressive, fuzzed-out bass sound and adventurous playing. Bruce was just an obvious Hall of Famer on his instrument and you can hear his influence on so many rock bassists that followed.

Two years ago I learned there’s a lot more to him than blues-rock jamming: I grabbed his early solo albums from my dad’s collection and heard the way he moved from jazz to pop to folk to soul, obliterating those distinctionsbecause he was just too good and too curious to pay attention to them.

Check out these songs to see how broad his skills were: Jack Bruce

Theme for an Imaginary Western

Keep It Down

To Isengard

Running Through Our Hands

Escape to the Royal Wood (On Ice)

Boston Ball Game, 1967

Timeslip

Folk Song

Never Tell Your Mother She’s Out of Tune

 

Along with Cream classics like Sunshine of Your Love, White Room, Born Under a Bad Sign, Tales of Brave Ulysses, Politician and SWLABR. Cheers, Jack!

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