183

Jack Bruce: Shadows In The Air

Glenn Astarita By

Sign in to view read count
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 Williams Lifetime” band, performances with pioneering guitarists, Allan Holdsworth, Larry Coryell and drummer Billy Cobham amid a series of first-rate solo albums and numerous session dates.

Bruce states: “This is really a trilogy of records I’m planning to do of Latin-influenced music.” Here, the artist employs some of New York City’s finest Latin percussionists along with guest appearances from Eric Clapton who renders a series of scorching, blues/rock solos atop Salsa tinged revisions of Cream’s classic hits - “Sunshine of Your Love” and “White Room.” The piece titled, “Out Into the Fields” was originally recorded with guitarist Leslie West in the band, “West, Bruce and Laing” and features Bruce singing to the heavens in conjunction with guitarist Vernon Reid’s rippling single note lines and the ensemble’s climactic opuses.

Throughout, Bruce employs peppery Afro-Cuban rhythms to subsidize his ringing harmonies and falsetto-upper register choruses. However violinist Alfredo Triff serves up a tasty ostinato motif on the memorably melodic ballad titled, “Directions Home:” A composition dedicated to his ex-“Lifetime” and much-lamented band-mates, organist Larry Young and drummer Tony Williams. Meanwhile, guitarist Gary Moore’s well-placed notes and emotive lyricism on the majestically iterated work, “Dark Heart”, represents just one of the many highlights to be found on this stunningly beautiful and gleefully upbeat recording by one of music’s most revered artisans. Vigorously recommended!

Jack Bruce

Sanctuary Records

AllAboutJazz.com interview with Jack Bruce


Track Listing: Out Into the Fields; 53nd Street; Heart Quake; Boston Ball Game 1967; This Anger

Personnel: Jack Bruce; vocals, piano, bass & acoustic guitar: Guests (on selected tracks); Eric Clapton; guitar: Dr. John; piano, organ: Gary Moore; guitar: Changuito Luis Quintana; congas, quinto & timbales: Vernon Reid; guitar: Musicians: Alfredo Triff; violin: Malcom Bruce; guitar & synth: Milton Cardona; congas: Richie Flores; congas: Robbie Ameen; drums: El Negro Horacio Hernandez; drums: Andy Gonzalez; bass: Jimmy McDonald; accordion: Pirro Rodriguez; trumpet: Miguel Xenon; alto sax: Mario Rivera; tenor sax: Papo Vasquez; trombone:

Title: Shadows In The Air | Year Released: 2001 | Record Label: Sanctuary Records


Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read For the Love of You CD/LP/Track Review For the Love of You
by Jack Bowers
Published: October 21, 2017
Read Recent Developments CD/LP/Track Review Recent Developments
by John Sharpe
Published: October 21, 2017
Read Triple Double CD/LP/Track Review Triple Double
by Glenn Astarita
Published: October 21, 2017
Read Agrima CD/LP/Track Review Agrima
by Jerome Wilson
Published: October 21, 2017
Read The Study of Touch CD/LP/Track Review The Study of Touch
by Karl Ackermann
Published: October 20, 2017
Read Another North CD/LP/Track Review Another North
by Roger Farbey
Published: October 19, 2017
Read "On A Monday Evening" CD/LP/Track Review On A Monday Evening
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: April 22, 2017
Read "Trane 90" CD/LP/Track Review Trane 90
by Jim Trageser
Published: December 1, 2016
Read "Escape  from The Unhappy Society" CD/LP/Track Review Escape from The Unhappy Society
by Anthony Shaw
Published: February 1, 2017
Read "Jazz Jukebox" CD/LP/Track Review Jazz Jukebox
by C. Andrew Hovan
Published: November 24, 2016
Read "Beginnings" CD/LP/Track Review Beginnings
by David A. Orthmann
Published: September 25, 2017
Read "Where Is My Mind?" CD/LP/Track Review Where Is My Mind?
by Mark Sullivan
Published: September 11, 2017

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

Develop a column, write album reviews, cover live shows, or conduct interviews.