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ALBUM REVIEW

Jack Bruce: Live at Rockpalast 1980, 1983 and 1990

Read "Live at Rockpalast 1980, 1983 and 1990" reviewed by Roger Farbey

It is no exaggeration to state that Jack Bruce was probably the most inventive bassist of the twentieth century. He straddled the worlds of jazz, blues and rock seamlessly, and his bass guitar playing was unprecedented in its sheer imaginative breadth and power. Crucially, he was also a vocalist of incredible range and dynamism. His contribution to Cream surely needs no elaboration. As a rock star he was a veritable human dynamo, but as a jazz musician he was extraordinary ...

EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Jack Bruce: Things We Like

Read "Jack Bruce: Things We Like" reviewed by Sacha O'Grady

Jack Bruce remains one of the most enduring and fascinating figures of late 20th century popular music. By the age of eleven, he had already written his own string quartet, before eventually attending the Royal Scottish Academy of Music, from which he left at the age of seventeen having become disenchanted with his tutors and also due to the impoverished circumstances of his family. After a spate of travel he found his way to London, where he performed with a ...

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Jack Bruce: L'ascension, Olivier Messiaen

Read "Jack Bruce:  L'ascension, Olivier Messiaen" reviewed by William Ellis

"It's called L'ascension by Olivier Messiaen who was a French composer I have loved for most of my life. Why I love his compositions is he shows that music has always existed. Humans only stole it. We borrowed it -but it's in nature. It holds the universe together, ask any skylark or ask any blackbird, they'll tell you." Jack Bruce: Band on the Wall, Manchester, 24th March, 2011 This One LP appears ...

EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Jack Bruce: Silver Rails

Read "Jack Bruce: Silver Rails" reviewed by Phillip Woolever

Jack Bruce and a sterling cast of supporting players roar down breathtaking tracks on this powerful production, offering what sounds like Bruce's autobiographical retrospective in an artistic, highly personal manifesto. The album seems to progress in stages, starting with British blues and abstract jazz, musical touchstones Bruce has based much of his catalog on. A rotating ensemble establishes middle ground between the bittersweet buzz of alternative genres, before rocking down the finish line to close with a bite ...

LIVE REVIEW

Under Seven Moons: Bruce, Trower & Husband in Cologne, Germany Feb. 26, 2009

Read "Under Seven Moons: Bruce, Trower & Husband in Cologne, Germany Feb. 26, 2009" reviewed by Phillip Woolever

Jack Bruce, Robin Trower, Gary Husband Die Kantine Koln, Germany February 26, 2009

Music, like many of life's other great personalized pleasures (romance, fine dining, etc.), must often be considered in stages: immediate sensation, subsequent impact, lingering perception--each has a vital role in determining how chosen delicacies play out in the taste buds of long-term memory.

So it was in Cologne with the return of Jack Bruce, Robin Trower, and Gary Husband. ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Jack Bruce: Shadows In The Air

Read "Shadows In The Air" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Bassist/composer/vocalist Jack Bruce has undoubtedly led a storied musical career. During his days with the power trio “Cream”, the bassist along with guitarist Eric Clapton and drummer Ginger Baker offered novel perspectives on how to incorporate virtuosity into rock-based elements while also melding jazz-style improvisation with blues-drenched motifs deemed suitable for radio airplay. With Shadows in The Air, Bruce surges into refreshingly new terrain, as his somewhat enviable legacy continues to unfold after well-known stints with the ground breaking “Tony ...


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