Arguably the most influential bassist in rock, Jack Bruce died today. One of a kind, a fantastic musician who brought his academic education and cello mastery to the blues and the most fabulous, operatic singer, Jack’s career encompassed not only CREAM, alongside Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker, and a string of interesting solo albums, he also played in Manfred Mann, Frank Zappa and Tony Williams‘ bands where Bruce engaged in pop and jazz to demonstrate new facets of his versatility before hooking up with Robin Trower and getting back to blues. It was him who introduced fretless bass to many a player, yet he was no less of a virtuoso on a piano as he showed on such special albums as "Monkjack", while the veteran’s latest, 2014’s "Silver Rails", underscored his undiminished talents. Poor health prevented us from a conversation and, sadly, it’s not to happen now. The records remain, though. Rest in peace, Jack.
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