Jack Bruce on Fretless

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by Dr. Cheese, Nov 3, 2019.

  1. dougjwray


    Jul 20, 2005
    I've watched that David Letterman clip dozens of times. Jack and Ginger had such magnificent chemistry (as musicians)!
    I love Ginger's sound there, too, and he was so musical.
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  2. He also attended Royal Scottish Academy of Music to study cello, had a scholarship.
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  3. dougjwray


    Jul 20, 2005
    He composed a string quartet when he was 11 years old.
    He also sang classical music as a child. I think I remember him mentioning a piece by Benjamin Britten, in his biography or in an interview somewhere.
    This is the same guy who recorded "Apostrophe" with Frank Zappa. There aren't many like him.
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  4. For me Jack was up there with Jaco and Jamerson, I actually prefer his Gibson and Marshall tone although although he was a very good fretless player, he was also a very good upright player. I think a big part of the reason he is not known quite as much as a virtuoso player like the others is because he was such a great singer and composer too.

    I read a story once in which Jaco was doing a gig someplace in NYC and Jack walked in and Jaco invited him up to play thinking he was going to stump him with jazz tunes not realizing Jack was a schooled musician and had played upright in a jazz band while in school with predictable results.:laugh:

    This is from a documentary on YouTube, Jack was a monster bassist.

    Documentary from 1969 here:

    This is his Gibson/Marshall tone I really like and his playing is unbelievable in this

    He also does some great stuff after the break on this tune, it's kind of muddy though, he does a lot of upright-like playing in this tune.

    He has a great sound in this one:

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