#1
A few years ago somebody gave the 'Cream at Royal Albert Hall' DVD to me. I watched and thought it was very good, but recently I put it on again, and something just clicked. For whatever reason the music sounded fresh again to me. YEARS ago I learned 'Crossroads' and 'White Room' and 'Sunshine of Your Love', just 'cause you needed to know to play them if you wanted to be in a band. Now, I see that they were not REALLY a rock band, but sort of a jazz/blues combo. Ginger's drumming, and especially Jack Bruce's bass lines were nothing like I ever heard in any rock band.

Just had to get that out there...three very good musicians when they try
#2
They were three very talented musicians, and each one of them brought their own influences into the group. They had blues rock like crossroads and born under a bad sign, yet they also had songs like wrapping paper, which is pretty unique. I can kind of see where you're coming from, but I'm not sure. Can you give examples where the jazz influence is obvious (something I didn't just list)?
#3
I can kind of see where you're coming from, but I'm not sure. Can you give examples where the jazz influence is obvious (something I didn't just list)?


baker & bruce are jazz players...the long solo sections of cream enter impov along the lines of john coltranes explorations in his later years..

other 3-piece rock bands didnt seem to make this transition or even try ... and not for lack of talent..hendrix comes to mind of course..the police had a very unique sound that entered jazz at points..emerson lake & palmer were considered rock by some..but their european rooted classical backrounds were easy to recognize..

clapton could incorporate the opening notes of the standard "blue moon" in a solo and embrace albert king several bars later..

bakers drumming pushed the beat way beyond 4/4 time ... and bruce brought the bass front and center ...listen to his lines on "badge"..a rock song..? perhaps something herbi hancock might develope...

i wonder at his critics that claim his playing has not developed in over 30 years..