Saturday, October 25, 2014

Saturday Night At The Liberal Curmudgeon: Remembering Jack Bruce

Jack Bruce, one of rock's greatest bassists, as well as a powerful lead vocalist and blues harmonica player, died at 71 on Saturday. The Scottish-born Bruce was a member of Cream, the ultimate rock power trio, with Eric Clapton, guitar, and Ginger Baker, drums. Afterward, Bruce continued his career with rock, jazz and fusion groups. At a 2005 Cream reunion above in Royal Albert Hall, London, the group performed "White Room," one of the hits, including "Sunshine of Your Love," that Bruce wrote with poet Pete Brown. The lyrics contain an intimation of mortality: "I'll sleep in this place with the lonely crowd; Lie in the dark where the shadows run from themselves."


Michael J. Mand said...

Shameless self-promotion alert: I've completed the playlist for the SJI tribute to Jack Bruce this coming Friday. I'll give you a little hint...There's a lot more to Bruce than Cream, and I intent to offer ample evidence. Once again, LC, you've chosen wisely.

Jeff Tone said...

Thanks. Of course I would expect a fitting tribute to Jack Bruce on St. James Infirmary.