Along with Paul McCartney, James Jamerson Jr., Duck Dunn, John Entwistle, and Chris Squire – John Symon Asher Bruce is among rock’s most influential bassists….
Jack Bruce’s iconic status as a virtuoso instrumentalist emerged from his improvisatory genius with Cream as evidenced on their legendary extended live jams – a revolutionary horizon for rock bands of the era – and his wide array of studio recordings as a solo artist and collaborator.
With Cream, Bruce also flexed his remarkable songwriting chops with lyricist Peter Brown: “White Room,” “Politician,” “SWLABR,” and “Sunshine of Your Love” are all rock standards. Bruce’s signature tone truly emerged from his soul – regardless of the bass he utilized. From his Fender VI to his signature Gibson EB to Warwick – you always recognized Jack in a single passage!
Bruce’s classical education coupled with his passion for jazz enabled him to expand the patois of the bass in a rock context like no other before him.
Dig the ways Jack bended and sustained notes in the most appropriate moments within a composition– and the adept ways he utilized space – even though most folks associated Jack as a player renowned for rendering a flurry of notes.
Bruce’s collaborations with artists from every conceivable genre – including Tony Williams, John McLaughlin, Frank Zappa, Leslie West, Carla Bley, Mick Taylor, Billy Cobham, Robin Trower, Lou Reed, and Cindy Blackman Santana, to name a very few, never failed to break new ground.