I learned to today that Jack Bruce has passed away. It was reported in the main news media and on his official web site.
Jack will be primarily remember for being one third of what was arguably the greatest power trio rock band ever, Cream. As a bass player myself I was heavily influenced by this man. Though while in Cream he was often overshadowed by Eric Claption, Jack's contributions are undenyable.
I was not old enough to have seen Cream live, but I did manage to see Jack on tour with one of his 'Friends' groups. It was 1980 and I saw Jack Bruce and Friends at the Main Act in Lynne Massachusetts. Friends on this tour were Billy Cobham, Clem Clempson, David Sancious. I remember arriving early and getting a table (imagine that, a table to see these legends!) dead center a dozen feet from where the band would play. And did they ever play.
As we waited we watched the roadies set up Cobhams drums. I remember being amazed at this huge mound of percussion being arrayed on stage and every cymbal imaginable around the set, each gleaming brand new.
We were treated to a raucus spectable and some amazing music. These four played songs from Cream, some Cobham jazz/fusion numbers, Humble Pie from Clemons, and E Street band songs from Sancious. I was mezmorized watching Jack Bruce not so much play his bass, but attack it with fury and passion, and drive the music frenzy. Sweating profusely, he pranced and played, sang and hollered, and if he was the pied piper I would have followed him anywhere.
So thanks Jack, for that one night, and for all the joy I get listening to Cream recordings and other recordings I have of yours over the years. Rest in peace for a job well done.