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Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Cream of the Dream Crop: One Last Chance to See Jack Bruce

Jack BruceBaby boomers are seeing way too many of their musical heroes listed in the obituaries these days, the most recent Joe Cocker on December 22.
The one this year that hit me the hardest, though, was the death of Jack Bruce, the incomparable bass player of 1960s British super power trio Cream.
The blues, jazz and rock worlds all mourned when the innovative multi-instrumentalist who confidently knew how to write and carry a tune died of liver disease on October 25.
His Cream cohort, Guitar God Eric Clapton, wrote on his Facebook page, "It is with great sadness that we learned that Jack Bruce had passed away this morning at his home in England. He was a great musician and composer, and a tremendous inspiration to me."
Bruce and the late John Entwistle of the Who were -- and still are -- my favorite rock bassists, and it was always a thrill to hear their stylistic playing, whether in concert or on record.
My older brother John, whose musical tastes (other than his early preference for Beach Boys over Beatles) strongly informed mine, first turned me on to Cream.
If memory serves me correctly (and remember, it was the '60s), John convinced me Cream was a band worth checking out by sharing his copy of a respected music magazine, which included a poll of top rockers in various categories. Bruce (bass), Clapton (electric guitar) and fellow Cream member Ginger Baker (drums) were at the top of their respective lists.
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