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Thursday, 24 April 2014

Cream bassist Jack Bruce releases new, bluesy album

Jack Bruce started his career with Cream in the mid-60s. He has continued to perform since the band broke up.

Jack Bruce knows more than a thing or two about the early days of rock and roll. After all, he was a big part of it.

Known mostly for co-founding the mega group Cream in the mid-’60s, Bruce has played with a veritable who’s who of musicians in the 46 years since Cream split up.

Bruce has been regarded as one of the most influential bass players in rock history and is also often cited as being one of the most important blues bassists to ever play the instrument. His new solo album, “Silver Rails,” is heavily drenched in blues, which should come as a shock to no one.

“I’ve been very fortunate to be around some great people who taught me about the blues,” Bruce said in a phone interview with the Tribune from his home in Suffolk, UK. “I wasn’t really a natural for the blues. I was really into classical and met people like Phil Davis and Eric Clapton who were steeped in the blues. I think a little of that rubbed off on me.

“It was a great good fortune that I got to play and hang out with these guys because I learned so much from them. Eric’s not just a great player, he’s also a great musicologist,” he added. “My first drummer I played with really was Charlie Watts (of Rolling Stones fame). The blues is just part of me. It’s a working man’s song. It’s something that you can go anywhere in the world, and the music and the culture is going to have that feeling.”

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