Celebrating One Of Music's Most Gifted Bassists
RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:
Do you hear that baseline?
(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "BORN UNDER A BAD SIGN")
JACK BRUCE: (Singing) Born under a bad sign.
MARTIN: That is the great Jack Bruce, the bass player for Cream. Bruce died yesterday from liver disease at the age of 71. Cream was a British trio including Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker. And although they only played together for a couple of years, they made a lasting impression on the music world. Listen to Cream playing American blues standards like "Cross Road Blues" or "Born Under a Bad Sign," and you hear Jack Bruce's bass line grounding the song and pushing it forward at the same time. He co-wrote some of Cream's biggest hits including "Sunshine Of Your Love" and "I Feel Free." Roger Waters, the great bass player for Pink Floyd said this of Jack Bruce - he was probably the most musically gifted bass player who has ever been.
(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "SUNSHINE OF YOUR LOVE")
BRUCE: (Singing) It's getting dawn. The lights close their tired eyes. I'll soon be with you, my love, to give you my dawn surprise. I'll be with you, darling, soon.
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