Five For Friday: Jack Bruce (One Guy, Multiple Acts)

Bassist, harmonicist, and singer Jack Bruce is probably best known for his work with Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker as a member of Cream, but he had a number of projects in his career besides. Let’s have a look.

  1. Graham Bond Organisation, "Harmonica": Bruce joined the Graham Bond organisation in 1964 and played with them until 1965. It was where he first met Ginger Baker. Bruce is seen here on the harmonica as well as bass and Baker is playing drums, with Bond on the organ and Dick Heckstall-Smith on saxophone.
  2. John Mayall’s Bluesbreaker, "Stormy Monday Blues": Jack moved on to John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, where he met Eric Clapton. "Stormy Monday Blues" is a classic by T-Bone Walker that was done live in 1966.
  3. Cream, "Crossroads": Arguably the most successful musical endeavor he was involved with, Cream was together from 1966 to 1968 and recorded four studio albums. "Crossroads" is a Robert Johnson song and appeared on the band’s 1968 album Wheels of Fire*.
  4. West, Bruce & Laing, "Why Dontcha": Bruce started a solo career after Cream;’s demise, and soon fell in with Leslie West and Corky Laing of Mountain, forming the power trio West, Bruce & Laing, who recorded three albums from 1972 to 1974. "Why Dontcha" is the title track from their 1972 debut album.
  5. B. L. T., "Life On Earth": B. L. T. was a project between Bruce, Robin Trower (formerly of Procol Harum) and Bill Lordan (formerly of Sly & The Family Stone, The Robin Trower Band, and Gypsy). "Life on Earth" is a Bruce composition.

Jack Bruce, youe Five For Friday, January 15, 2021.

3 thoughts on “Five For Friday: Jack Bruce (One Guy, Multiple Acts)

  1. Jack is one of my bass hero’s John Entwistle, Paul McCartney, and Jack Bruce. Incredible player that could play anything.

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