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John Symon Asher Bruce 14 May — 25 October was a Scottish musician, singer and songwriter known primarily for his contributions to the British supergroup Creamwhich also included the guitarist-singer Eric Clapton and the drummer Ginger Baker. In March Rolling Stone readers selected him as the eighth greatest bass guitarist of all time.
Bruce maintained a solo career that spanned several decades and also played in several musical groups. Although recognized first and foremost as a vocalist, bassist and songwriter, he also played double bassharmonica, piano, cello and guitar.
Bruce was born on 14 May in BishopbriggsLanarkshireScotland, to Betty Asher and Charlie Bruce,  musical parents who moved frequently, resulting in the young Bruce attending 14 different schools, ending up at Bellahouston Academy.
He began playing jazz bass in his teens and won a scholarship to study cello and musical composition at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama while playing in Jim McHarg's Scotsville Jazzband to support himself. As a result of session workBruce switched from the upright bass to the electric bass Nicos Children - Jack - The Black Sessions . The group released two studio albums and several singles but were not commercially successful.
During the time that Bruce and Baker played with the Graham Bond Organisation, they were known for their hostility towards each other. There were numerous stories of the two sabotaging each other's equipment and fighting on Serious - King Kong, King Shiloh - Ethiopian Dream. Relations grew so bad between the two that Bruce left the group in August Bruce's stay was brief, and he did not contribute to any releases at the time, but recordings featuring him were later released, initially on Looking Back and Primal Solos.
After the Bluesbreakers, Bruce had his first commercial success as a member of Manfred Mann inincluding " Pretty Flamingo ", which reached number one in the UK singles chart one of two number one records of his career - the other being an uncredited bass part on The Scaffold 's " Lily the Pink "  as well as the freewheeling and groundbreaking jazz rock of Instrumental Asylum.
When interviewed on the edition of the VH1 show Classic Albums which featured Disraeli GearsMayall said that Bruce had been lured away by the lucrative commercial success of Manfred Mann, while Mann himself recalled that Bruce played his first gig with the band without any rehearsal, playing the songs straight through without error, commenting that perhaps the chord changes seemed obvious to Bruce.
Three tracks were featured on the Elektra sampler album What's Shakin'. Two of the songs, "Crossroads" and "Steppin' Out", became staples in the live set of his next band, Cream. In July Bruce, Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker founded the power trio Cream, which gained international recognition playing blues-rock and jazz-inflected rock music.
Bruce sang most of the lead vocals, with Clapton backing him up and eventually assuming some leads himself. With his Gibson EB-3 electric bass, Bruce became one of the most famous bassists in rock, winning musicians' polls and influencing the next generation of bassists such as StingJim ShawGeddy Lee and Jeff Berlin.
Cream broke up in Alongside these he produced a long line of highly regarded solo albums. In contrast to his collaborative works, the solo albums usually maintain Nicos Children - Jack - The Black Sessions common theme: melodic songs with a complex musical structure, songs with lyrics frequently penned by Pete Brown and a core band of world-class musicians.
This structure was loosened on his live solo albums and DVDs, where extended improvisations similar to those employed by Cream in live performance were sometimes still used. The album was a precursor to the jazz fusion boom in the early s, and more recently has been sampled by many hip hop artists Artifacts and Smif-N-Wessun. Bruce's first solo release, Songs for a Tailorwas issued in September ; it too featured Heckstall-Smith and Hiseman.
For the group's third Love Is Never Out Of Season - Gus Mancuso - Music From New Faces, EgoRon Carter replaced Bruce on bass, but Bruce contributed a guest vocal. Bruce then recorded his third solo album Harmony Rowbut this was not as commercially successful Nicos Children - Jack - The Black Sessions Songs for a Tailor.
The band's breakup was announced shortly before Live 'n' Kickin' s release in earlyand Bruce released his fourth solo album Out of the Nicos Children - Jack - The Black Sessions later that year.
Also in he featured on the title track of Frank Zappa 's album Apostrophe 'recorded in November Bruce was credited with bass and co-authorship on the improvised track. When asked about Zappa in a interview, Bruce tried to change the subject and jokingly insisted that he had played only cello parts. In Bruce recorded bass guitar for Lou Reed 's Berlin album, playing on all but two tracks. A tour was lined up to support the Out of the Storm album with a band featuring former Rolling Stones guitarist Mick Taylor and jazz keyboard player Carla Bleywith whom he had collaborated in on Escalator over the Hill.
The tour was belatedly documented on Live at Manchester Free Trade Hall '75 but it ended Nicos Children - Jack - The Black Sessions Taylor's departure, and sessions for a studio album were abandoned. The group recorded an album, called How's Tricks.
A world tour followed, but the album was a commercial failure. In he toured with members from the Mahavishnu Orchestrareuniting him with John McLaughlin, and introducing him to drummer Billy Cobham. ByBruce's drug habit had reached such Our Last Summer - ABBA - Thank You For The Music level that he had lost most of his money.
After releasing an album, I've Always Wanted to Do Thisat the end ofthey undertook a long tour to support the record, but it was not a commercial success and they disbanded. In the early s, he also joined up to play with friends from his Alexis Korner days in Rocket 88the back-to-the-roots band that Ian Stewart had arranged, and Bruce appears on the album of the same name, recorded live in Germany in That year he also collaborated on the Soft Machine album Land of Cockayne Golden Slumbers - George Benson - The BestBruce collaborated with guitarist Robin Trower and released two power trio albums, B.
They were all critically successful, and in he went on to form his own band using Hanrahan's famous Cuban rhythm section. Other than his partnership with lyricist Pete Brown, Bruce's musical relationship with Hanrahan was the most consistent and long-lasting of his career. It appears on the album Visions of Excess. In he re-recorded the Cream song "I Feel Free" and released it as a single to support an advertising campaign for the Renault 21 motor car.
InBruce secured his first major record deal in a decade, with Epicand recorded A Question of Time. This included two tracks with Ginger Baker on drums, their first collaboration since Cream. Bruce played at the Montreux Jazz Festival inand was invited by the Irish blues rock performer, Rory Gallagher who had a long-standing relationship with Bruce, having supported Cream 's farewell concert in the band Taste in to perform a couple of songs together on stage.
In he was one of the supporting musicians for Vivian Stanshall 's solo show "Rawlinson Dog-ends", but quit Du Sollst Der Kaiser Meiner Seele Sein - Klaus Wunderlich - Adieu, Mein Kleiner Gardeoffizier - Klau a lack of adequate rehearsals.
Later that year, Ginger Baker and a host of former Bruce band colleagues joined him for two special 50th birthdays concerts in Cologne, Germany, hosted by the TV show Rockpalast. One Nicos Children - Jack - The Black Sessions guest was the Irish blues-rock guitarist Gary Moorewho joined Bruce and Baker for Nicos Children - Jack - The Black Sessions set of Cream classics.
Inspired by this performance, the three formed the power trio BBM and their subsequent and only album, Around the Next Dreamwas a top ten hit in the UK. A low-key solo album, Monkjackfollowed infeaturing Bruce on piano and vocals, accompanied only by the Funkadelic organist Bernie Worrell.
The soundtrack album appeared in Bruce continued to tour with Starr through Hanrahan also produced the accompanying album Shadows in the Airwhich included a reunion with Eric Clapton on a new version of " Sunshine of Your Love ". Bruce had suffered a period of declining health, after many years of addictions which he finally beat with clinical treatment, and in was diagnosed with liver cancer.
In between the UK and U. Subsequent concert appearances by Bruce were sparse because of recovery after the transplant, but in he returned to the live arena with a show of Cream and solo classics performed with the German HR Hessischer Rundfunk Big Band. This was released on CD in Germany in Inhe made a brief concert appearance, opening a new rehearsal hall named in his honour at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and DramaGlasgow with Clem Clempsonkeyboard player Ronnie Leahy and Husband.
It also featured Husband. Albert Hague, Dorothy Fields - Redhead - Original Cast Recording MayBruce was 65 years old and to commemorate this milestone two box sets of recordings were released. Can You Follow? This anthology is a wide-ranging collection covering his music from to and, aside from his work with Kip Hanrahan, is a comprehensive overview of his career.
Improved health led to Bruce playing a series of live outdoor concerts across the US starting in July as part Pump Up The Base - Various - Repokys Vol. 1 the Hippiefest Tour. He was supported by members of the late Who bassist John Entwistle 's the John Entwistle Band, and headlined at a tribute concert to the bassist.
They played jazz classics with saxophonist Courtney Pine and for the first time in 40 years played the Graham Bond—Cream classic "Traintime". These shows were broadcast in high definition on television in Japan. InBruce performed in a series of concerts with Trower and Nicos Children - Jack - The Black Sessions in Europe.
Proposed dates in the U. Bruce recovered and the band played summer concerts in Italy, Norway and the UK during During the Scottish dates of the tour Bruce was presented with an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from Glasgow Caledonian University for Nicos Children - Jack - The Black Sessions to the culture of Glasgow and music in general.
In Augustthe Bruce solo album Automatic was re-released, making his entire solo catalogue available on CD. In addition, all of the discs up to and including How's Tricks contain previously unreleased material.
The book followed memoirs from his Cream bandmates Clapton Claptonand Baker Hellraiser They each have differing recollections of forming Cream, playing and writing together.
The double album received an official worldwide release, distributed by EMI in February On 4 JuneBruce played a special concert at Nicos Children - Jack - The Black Sessions Royal Festival Hall in London, which was celebrating its 60th anniversary. Bruce started playing the Gerry Rafferty tribute concert in Glasgow, followed by a date with the traditional Celtic band Lau. It featured new interviews with Bruce, Clapton, Baker and Brown.
The following evenings' performance at the same location was recorded and a 2CD version issued by Instant Live. In MarchBruce released Silver Rails on the Esoteric Antenna label, his first solo studio album in over a decade. In Bruce married Janet Godfreywho had been the secretary of the Graham Bond Organisation fan club and had collaborated with Bruce on two songs written for the group.
Jonas died in from respiratory problems. In he married his second wife, Margrit Seyffer. Bruce died of liver disease on 25 Octoberin SuffolkEngland, aged Bruce's remains were later cremated  and then buried at a private family ceremony on 31 December at the crematorium. Writing in The Sunday Times inDan Cairns had suggested: "many consider him to be one of the greatest bass players of all time.
My thoughts and wishes are with his family at this difficult time. I was hoping somehow that we might have gotten together one last time. Rest in Peace my friend. Just Looking - Endgame - Tundra will be greatly missed". One of the greatest rock bassists to ever live and a true and profound inspiration to countless musicians.
He was one of my first bass heroes and was a major influence on my playing and my music. My heartfelt condolences to his family and fans. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For the Australian rules footballer, see Jack Bruce footballer.
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