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This months BPoTM is the amazing, the talented, the one and only Jack Bruce. I'll put the really simple stuff only diehards like me care about right here, so the less enthusiastic can skip over it.
STATS
Birth: May 14, 1943, in Bishopbriggs, Lanarkshire, Scotland
Death: not yet.
Home: Essex, England
Instruments besides Electric Bass: upright, harmonica,
piano, vocals, cello
Married: twice.

HISTORY
Jack Bruce, a child of musical parents, started playing jazz on the upright in his teens. In his earlier years, he actually was rather amiss about rock, and stuck with jazz. After studying cello, he won a scholarship for his efforts to the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. Though he accepted the scholarship, he felt his lower class (with a factory working father) was getting him discriminated against by peers and faculty. When the Academy told him to choose between college or the jazz dance band he played with at nights to support his career, he felt it was better to just leave his formal education alone. While playing for Ernest Ranglin, he was told to play an electric bass, or Fender bass, as they called them back then. He borrowed a Guild Starfire bass with tapewound strings that in his words went "Boink". He thought, 'Wow, this is easy and it's LOUD.' He went back to upright after playing with him, but never forgot about the electric bass.



While playing with the Graham Bond Organisation, he bought a Fender VI to try to fulfill both bass and guitar parts, but succeeded only in pissing off drummer Ginger Baker, who hated Bruce's busy, unbound style (for the 60's, his playing was truly unusual, and Baker was not used to nor wanted to be used to his style). Baker eventually kicked him out of the band, and kept him away with a knife. Bruce escaped to the Bluesbreakers, where he met Eric Clapton, a budding guitarist. Though he stayed only briefly (deciding to tour with the successful Manfred Mann), Clapton remembered the unusual bassist. He decided to form a band, the supergroup, and chose his favorite bassist and drummer to join him. This, of course, was Ginger Baker and Jack Bruce. Though Baker was highly against Bruce's inclusion, he eventually agreed, and a band was made. Under the opinion that they were the 'cream of the crop', they named themselves Cream (Crop would have been a much
cooler name, in my humble opinion).



With Disraeli Gears, the first supergroup had commercial success. With Clapton's bluesily soulful guitar, Bruce's unusual guitarish bass, and Baker's jazzy rhythms, and the groups amazing jams, the band found success with 'Sunshine of Your Love' a catchy, simple song that stormed the pop chart. After follow up album Wheels of Fire, however, the band began to crack apart, with Bruce and Baker going at it again, and Clapton soon tired of playing Mommy. They left one final album, Goodbye, and one last tour.


FUN FACT! Yes was an opening act for Cream, However, I have yet to find any of the much necessary Squire/Bruce bass duos.
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After Cream, Jack Bruce never had as much popularity as Clapton did. While in Cream, Bruce recorded an acoustic jazz album with John McLaughlin of the Mahavishnu Orchestra that is considered a forerunner to modern fusion. Sadly, numerous hip hop artists have ruined these concise jams with their stupid sampling (if you can't make your own music, don't pretend to, it is that simple, kids).

Eventually, he began jumping through groups, making albums and songs with many artists, including:


West, Bruce and Liang
Frank Zappa
Mick Taylor (The Rolling Stones)
Jon Anderson (Yes)
Ginger Baker (Cream)
Ringo Starr (The Beatles)
Bernie Worrel and Vernon Reid (Living Colour)
Eric Clapton (Cream)

and many others who are either forgotten, unimportant, or I can't spell their names. He had been hoping to form a supergroup with Jimi Hendrix and Tony Williams prior to the guitarist's demise.


GEAR
Bruce used a Fender VI, tuned EADGBe. He then switched to a Gibson EB-3 he planned on using while the paint dried on his fancily repainted Fender. Deciding the spacing on his Gibson was easier to use, Bruce soon favored this bass over the Fender. Playing it through a cranked Marshall bass amplifier, he produced a heavy distorted tone that became very popular among rockers over the next years. Nowadays, Jack uses a customized fretless Warwick Thumb bass featuring a bubinga body, an ebony fretboard, a bubinga neck, neck through construction, and two jazz pickups(additionally, he has a fretted version of this bass, a 5-string fretted thumb, and the Jack Bruce CRB). He also uses Hartke amplifiers, a 7000 head through two 1x15 and two 4x10 cabs, with the mids emphasized by his frown shaped EQ setting. He also uses SIT roundwound strings.


STYLE
Jack Bruce has a very busy and fluid style, providing solid catchy rhythms (ex. Sitting on Top of the World) and supportive countermelodies (ex. White Room). this style was not drawn from the simple thumping basslines that preceded Bruce in rock music, but from the music of Charles Mingus, James Jamerson, and Scott LaFaro. very enthusiastic about his playing, Bruce often used brash fills, string bends, slides and other bass no-no's at the time, yet still performing the necessary rhythmic functions of keeping the music together. what Jack Bruce means to me I think, is bass playing can be both supportive and groundbreaking. that is the main appeal of Jack Bruce to most people. of course, a few other amazing bass players share this appeal, but this is not their month it is Jack's.

so let's celebrate Jack in all his glory with a picture given to me by our own Tamarkee...

just because I can...


special thanks to Tam and Del.
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Last edited by the humanity at Sep 3, 2008,
#3
Holy fuck...I thought there'd never be another one of these.

Nice work...nice Fitz seal of approval too.
#5
I probably should have asked him, but, eh. he'll laugh.

I mean, who'd expect to see themselves in a jack bruce thread?
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#6
Nice one Humanity, good to see that someones actually doing these things. And Sticky?
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#7
Good BPotM the humanity!
I thought you were doing it on The Fuzzinator?
You stole my Overture
#8
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Good BPotM the humanity!
I thought you were doing it on The Fuzzinator?

that was Kranoscorp. he didn't come through . I can do him later though, because ol Fuzzi' definitely needs one.
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#9
It be a good one never really listened to him ill have to go look u psome of his stuff any suggestions. Anyways good BPotM.
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#10
I'm not 100% sure thefitz approves of Jack Bruce...lol we'll see.

Nice BPOTM. Reminds me that I need to get my Timmy C one started. But for an example of Bruce's best bassing take a listen to Frank Zappa's Apostrophe.
#11
I know fitzy said he had great technique once. the old warrior aint much to compliment his foes.

get on that, or I'll have to do Timbob too. I'm not good with vegans.
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#12
Still no sticky?
I might do one on Nick Oliveria, Flea, Geddy Lee or Colin Greenwood. Where do I sign up?
You stole my Overture
#13
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Still no sticky?
I might do one on Nick Oliveria, Flea, Geddy Lee or Colin Greenwood. Where do I sign up?

mods have PM addresses too

you know what to do...
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#14
By Jove Humie, you've gone and earned muchos rythym points, and taught me about Jack Bruce, who was before simply, the bassist from Cream.

Awesome,now I too want to to one of these, possible on Mr Claypool,as Im currently wearing a hat bearing his image.

bitchin'
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#15
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Still no sticky?
I might do one on Nick Oliveria, Flea, Geddy Lee or Colin Greenwood. Where do I sign up?
Post in the forum plan thread.
#17
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Nice!

It's amazing that all my favorite bassists' names start with a J: J Bruce, J Entwistle, J Paul Jones, J Jamerson.


check out Jerry Jermont. may be your cup of tea.
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#19
we let the EB-3 slide for now. note that few people have said 'jack bruce omg! eb-3+marshalls=splooge'
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#20
nice piece!!
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Anarkee helped. let us all golfclap for her.

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#24
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Additionally to the customised Thumb NT (both fretted and fretless), he also uses a 5 string fretted thumb and the Jack Bruce CRB these days.

thank you.

you win at bass trivia.
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Nice!

It's amazing that all my favorite bassists' names start with a J: J Bruce, J Entwistle, J Paul Jones, J Jamerson.



you forgot Jaco and Jeff Ament
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#26
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you forgot Jaco and Jeff Ament

does that mean he doesn't like jaco? I refuse to believe.
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#27
He probably just forgot

Edit: O and as long as its remotely related, Jeff is releasing a solo album in September, I for one am very excited!
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#28
where's my sticky?

mods are all on vacation...
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#29
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Nice one Humanity, good to see that someones actually doing these things. And Sticky?


Stickied. I was away for the weekend, even mods need vacation lol.

Nice Job all round.
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does that mean he doesn't like jaco? I refuse to believe.


What's wrong with not liking Jaco?
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What's wrong with not liking Jaco?

it's physically impossible.
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it's physically impossible.


Lol...not so: I don't like him.

But as for Mr Bruce; you have warmed the cockles of my heart with this. I've fond memories of cracking the bassline to 'Strange Brew' in my bedroom, aged 17, not many miles from his birthplace. Neck pup on my Rick copy, gain way up on the Marshall, big grin on my face!
He often plays the Glasgow Jazz Festival these days, I must get to one of those gigs.

A single minded man, and a true individual. Much under-rated and well due a tribute.
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wut abot mi btoptm?

it wis beta!!!!!

Irregardless of this fact, nice BPOTM. I'd never listened to Jack Bruce, nor could I have claimed to even know who he is.

However, now I know who he is ever so slightly more.
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#34
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wut abot mi btoptm?

it wis beta!!!!!

Irregardless of this fact, nice BPOTM. I'd never listened to Jack Bruce, nor could I have claimed to even know who he is.

However, now I know who he is ever so slightly more.

yours was certainly inspiring. however, I am not sure if Pete Wentz is my hero ( ) was how I wanted this one to look. but it was nice.
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#35
Is this for August or September?
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#36
September.
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#37
Dig the article, and the seal of approval took me by surprise. However, I'll mention here what I did in the other thread - Bruciebaby used a frowny-face (cut treble/bass, boosted mids) to get his current Warwick tone.
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Dig the article, and the seal of approval took me by surprise. However, I'll mention here what I did in the other thread - Bruciebaby used a frowny-face (cut treble/bass, boosted mids) to get his current Warwick tone.

sweet, thanks for the knowledge, I'll throw it in. I surprise you?
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#39
Good article, well-written. The pic of Fitz caught me off guard too
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#40
I think it's awesome that he used the Gibson EB-3 back then. Cause during that time it was probably considered wild and crazy, even though NOW Gibson basses are frowned upon.

I grew up listening to Cream when i was little, my parents still have some cassettes.
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