Dead Rock Stars 20: Jack Bruce (Cream)

This week, Mick and Joel turn their keen eye and quick wits to the late, great Jack Bruce. Jack was a highly gifted musical prodigy, with a love for jazz and classical music, but who came to prominence in the British blues boom of the early Sixties, finding himself rubbing shoulders and sharing stages with the likes of Alexis Korner, Mick Jagger, Graham Bond and John Mayall. But of more importance was his introduction to Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker, ultimately leading to the formation of Cream, the pioneering British heavy blues power trio. Following Cream's dissolution in 1969, after two brief but brilliant years, Jack pursued an erratic and idiosyncratic solo career that would never hit the same heights again (bar a brief Cream reunion in 2005). But Jack was always a highly venerated musician and huge inspiration to a generation of bass players.

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