Famed musician was comfortable in both the rock and jazz worlds.
By Fred Mills
Cream bassist John Symon Asher “Jack” Bruce passed away yesterday (Oct. 25) at the age of 71, reports the New York Times, from liver disease, having had a liver transplant in 2003. Born in Scotland in 1943, he was at his home in Suffolk, England, at the time of his death, announced his website.
Though Bruce earned his “legendary” stripes with Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker in Cream during the late ‘60s, prior to that he came to no small prominence in Alexis Korner’s Blues Incorporated and the Graham Bond Organisation. Following the breakup of Cream in ’68 he issued three solo album (notably 1969’s acclaimed Songs For A Tailor), additionally working with jazz fusion outfit Lifetime and forming the West, Bruce & Laing power trio with former Mountain members Leslie West and Corky Laing. He continued to keep busy for most of his life despite a period of crippling drug addiction and, eventually, poor health stemming from liver cancer. He worked with jazz players and rock musicians alike and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993. He also reunited with Clapton and Baker in 2005 for a string of Cream reunion concerts in London and New York. His final album, Silver Rails, was released in March of this year.
Photo by Christian Sahm, via Wikipedia