Friday, October 31, 2014

Singer/Songwriter Jack Bruce,1943-2014

Jack Bruce,who was highly regarded for his melodic bass guitar style,vocals and songwriting ability,died on 25 October of liver disease.He was 71 and had suffered from liver cancer since 2003,receiving a transplant.As a member of prominent groups such as The Graham Bond Organisation,John Mayall's Bluesbreakers,Manfred Mann and Cream,as well being a wide-ranging solo artist,he ranks as one of the most influential musicians of his era.
Born near Glasgow,Scotland,Bruce was trained at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music in cello and classical composition,but was ultimately expelled for playing bass in a dance band.He and drummer Ginger Baker met in London,where both played in Alexis Korner's Blues Incorporated and The Graham Bond Organisation.He and Baker had a lifelong yet volatile artistic and personal relationship,escalating to physical altercations at times.From 1966-68,they performed with guitar legend Eric Clapton as Cream,a major exponent of the British Blues trend.
Following Cream's demise,Bruce recorded a number of solo LPs and periodically reunited with Baker and Clapton in various ways.They revived Cream in 2005 in shows at the Royal Albert Hall and Madison Square Garden.His last solo record,"Silver Rails",was released in March of this year.
Bruce frequently collaborated on songs with poet and musician Pete Brown.Addicted to heroin for more than a decade,Bruce went clean following his marriage to his second wife,Margrit.He was the father of three sons and two daughters.*
One of Jack's best vocals was for the Cream song "Tales of Brave Ulysses":
"Well you thought the leaden winter
Would bring you down forever
But you rode upon a steamer
To the violence of the sun...
With tales of brave Ulysses
How his naked ears were tortured
By the Sirens sweetly singing"
-Eric Clapton&Sharp)
Another of his memorable vocals was for the Cream song "Politician":
"Hey now,baby
Get into my big black car
Hey now,baby
Get into my big black car
I want to just show you
What my politics are"
-Jack Bruce&Pete Brown)

Jack Bruce - Rope Ladder to the Moon-one of his solo songs

Friday, October 3, 2014

This Week's Music&Film-October 3,2014

This week we have a blend of entertainment,with a film trailer in "Taken 3," a live video in Steve Winwood and Chaka Khan's "Higher Love," a studio/location video in Selena Gomez&The Scene's "Round&Round," and some stills in Jefferson Starship's "With Your Love" and Lauryn Vyce's "Let Me Be." "Taken 3" starring Liam Neeson will hit the cinemas in January 2015.
Winwood and Khan's "Higher Love" is a classic duet from the VH1 cable channel,while Lauryn Vyce's "Let Me Be" was posted on YouTube a year ago.Jefferson Starship's "With Your Love" includes former Jefferson Airplane members Paul Kantner,Marty Balin and Grace Slick." Selena Gomez&The Scene's "Round&Round" was filmed in Budapest,Hungary.
I try to vary the music so we don't nod off.Have a great time with these songs.You don't even have to go out-I brought them all in here.