JACK BRUCE RIP 1943 – 2014

legacy

“Jack Bruce, probably the most musically gifted bass player who’s ever been”
Roger Waters

“He was a great musician and composer, and a tremendous inspiration to me”
Eric Clapton

“I am very sad to learn of the loss of a fine man, Jack Bruce… My thoughts & wishes are with his family at this difficult time.”
Ginger Baker

“JACK BRUCE RIP 1943-2014. Farewell to a great musician and dear friend. I’ll miss the laughter and friendship. Un Abrazote, Hermano x”
Phil Manzanera

WHAT IS THERE LEFT TO SAY?
    What is there left to say
When the last notes have died away
When the last lead’s been disconnected
And the last fee’s collected
When the last dressing room’s deserted
And the last hurt’s no longer hurting
And the last stage has been struck
And the last gear’s in the truck
And the last notes have died away
What is there left to say?

Pete Brown

“So sad to hear of Jack Bruce passing. My biggest influence and favourite bass player. Thank you, Jack. RIP.”
– Geezer Butler

“sad to hear of the passing of Jack Bruce, may he rest in peace”
Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens)

“Rest In Peace Jack Bruce, OG (Original Gangster)”
Steve Jones

“A major influence in music and an amazing bass player and singer. He was a hero”
Tony Iommi

“Jack Bruce.
That
Is
ALL
Rest In Peace
All Other Words FAIL ME”
Vernon Reid

From Rolling Stone:

Bruce spent the last years of his life working with everybody from Robin Trower to John Medeski and Vernon Reid, constantly experimenting and never giving thought to commercial concerns. “He was one of the modern architects of riff-based rock & roll,” says Reid. “He combined the worlds of blues, rock and jazz music, and he was at the cutting edge of innovation in those styles. His legacy is one of openness and exploration, and his other legacy is that he was a fucking real person in a world of phonies and shit-talkers.”

Pictures from Jack Bruce’s last Toronto appearance with supergroup Spectrum Road (w. John Medeski, Cindy Blackman Santana, & Vernon Reid) at the Sound Academy for TD Toronto Jazz Festival (June 27, 2012)