Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Happy Birthday, Jack

Jack Bruce, one of the great musicians of our time, turns 70 today. 
A great composer and multi voiced musical voyager whose ship is still sailing into the unknown.
These jazz pieces were composed by him 60 years ago, when he was 15. The video above was made around 1970.  The original recordings were on a record called Things We Like. It was a quartet the same personel in this trio, John Heckstal-Smith on Saxophones...yes, Heckstal-Smith was a student of Rashaan Roland Kirk, he practiced circular breathing and could play multi voiced sax parts by playing two instruments at the same time. The Drummer is John Hiseman. On the original record, John McGlaughlin plays guitar. John and Jack went on to play in the seminal Jazz Fusion Group, The Tony Williams Lifetime. Incredible music from an incredible musician. Jack influenced the music we listen to by being the ultimate outsider. A classically trained tenor vocalist and pianist who rewrote the way rock bass was played by playing rock as if it was avant garde jazz. Happy Birthday Jack. I's so glad he is still around today and playing!
Incase you missed Jacks earlier work, here he is live at The Whiskey a Go Go in 1967 with a little band he was in called Cream. 

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