Requested, a new re-up of a Jack Bruce album. His recent death was not unexpected but was a shock. We were used to live on a planet where such a man existed. We'll have to live without. And then we'll follow him. Catch it here.
These days I'm listening much to Marc Bolan and I'm near to post some acoustic demos that gave songs to albums from Slider to Futuristic Dragon. But Rough posted today "One" by Jack Bruce Band on his facebook page and suddenly I realized there was much Bruce stuff I expected to post here that is still lingering in my computer vaults. So here one, not rare but an essential testimony of how sounded this strange team united under the JBB banner. Carla Bley and Mick Taylor backing Jack Bruce could seem a winner ticket but things did not turn this way. The band in this line-up can be heard on the BBC 3-CD compilation in a concert given for the Old Grey Whistlin' Test (and the thing can be seen on youtube even if I'll post here too). It was on the 6th of June 1975. Six days earlier, they had given this concert in Manchester. Much longer (111'), but with more or less the same playlist it's interesting to realize how the band was not so much in a self-indulgent approach that it may have seemed. Even the long "suites" of the second CD are played with a sense of tension that has nothing to do with a lot of experimental stuff of that times. Of course it's sometimes a bit dated but Bruce material is so strong that it overpasses the jazzy and prog useless complexity that spoils the music here and there. Just listen to "One" or "Pieces of Mind" if you don't believe me. They are jewels for eternity. I would have dreamed to hear Billie Holiday sing it. The Mellotron is more pregnant than the moog, it's important to note for those who, like me, have a strong problem with the later (and a big love for the former). But stop bullshitting with words, here the great Jack Bruce at the beginning of a very rude time for him.