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October 26, 2014

Jack Symon Asher (Jack) Bruce (1943-2014)

Introductory note: What does a Superstar Scot musician's passing have to do with a legal weblog or "blawg" started in 2005 about quality lawyering, the magic of travel, who to fire, who to hire, Paris and making your life a work of art? Everything. If you don't get it, see me after the meeting.

Rock, blues and jazz superstar bassist Jack Bruce died Saturday at his home in Suffolk, England. Classically trained and famously versatile as a musician, Bruce was--among many, many other things in his life and career--co-founder of both Cream and (Leslie) West, Bruce and (Corky) Laing, an exceptional bassist, singer, composer, arranger and producer. He even played the blues harmonica spectacularly. Bruce played with nearly everyone significant in British music. In his first band, which he joined in 1962, his drummer was Charlie Watts. A Scot, musical polymath and quiet madman, Like many other musicians in history, Bruce had a self-destructive streak. He struggled with alcohol and drugs, losing nearly his entire fortune before he stopped using. Bruce was/is several times more interesting than fellow Cream band member and lead guitarist Eric Clapton--and musically just as talented.

Posted by JD Hull at October 26, 2014 09:21 PM


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