JACK BRUCE is said to be one of the greatest popular musicians Britain has ever produced.
A supremely talented instrumentalist and vocalist, respected by his peers, Jack’s pioneering bass-playing style has influenced successive generations of bassists, including Paul McCartney, Jaco Pastorius and Sting, and more contemporary musicians such as Flea of the Red Hot Chilli Peppers.
He also has one of the most powerful voices in modern music and has composed some of the most original and influential music of the past 45 years. As a songwriter he has written some of popular music’s enduring classics such as Sunshine of Your Love, White Room, I Feel Free and Theme from an Imaginary Western.
Out on March 24 is “Silver Rails”, Jack’s first album in 10 years, recorded at Abbey Road studios. Produced by Rob Cass, the collection of carefully crafted songs was written in partnership with lyricists Pete Brown, Kip Hanrahan and Margrit Seyffer.
He is joined on the album by celebrated instrumentalists including Phil Manzanera, Robin Trower, Bernie Marsden, Uli Jon Roth, John Medeski, Malcolm Bruce and Cindy Blackman Santana.
The sleeve art work for the album was designed by Sacha Jafri in the style of a 1950s Columbia Records Jazz Album.
He joined his first important band in 1962 in London, Alexis Korner’s Blues Inc. with Charlie Watts, later to join the Rolling Stones, as drummer. Jack left Alexis in 1963 to form a group with organist Graham Bond, guitarist John McLaughlin and drummer Ginger Baker.
Jack was due to appear in the master class room at London’s Olympia venue on Sunday, March 2.