The legendary songwriter, bassist, pianist and singer Jack Bruce is an icon of the Rock world. With the powerful trio Cream and in his countless subsequent projects over the last 40 years, the unorthodox Scot has earned himself a place in Rock's Hall of Fame. In 2006 at the 37th German Jazz Festival in Frankfurt, he joined forces with the HR Bigband to perform a highly acclaimed concert, presenting classic Cream songs and other landmarks of his career in gripping new arrangements. It was a magical moment of dialogue between Jazz and Rock that roamed between composition, improvisation and vibrant, virtuoso performances.
The HR Bigband is one of the most innovative German jazz ensembles of our times. From Swing to Avant Garde, it covers the entire spectrum of Jazz. A celebrated guest at numerous jazz festivals, the band often invites international jazz stars to perform with it, driving the development of Big Band music forward with commissions for compositions and arrangement.
Jack Bruce - (vocals), Heinz-Dieter Sauerborn - (saxes, clarinet, flute), Oliver Leicht - (saxes, flute), Steffen Weber - (tenor sax, clarinet, flute), Andi Maile - (tenor & soprano sax), Rainer Heute - (bass sax, bass clarinet), Tobias Weidinger, Martin Auer, Thomas Vogel, Axel Schlosser - (trumpet, flugelhorn), Günter Bollmann, Christian Jakso - (trombone, euphonium), Wolf Schenk - (bass trombone, tuba), Peter Reiter - (piano, organ, synthesizer), Martin Scales - (guitar), Thomas Heidepriem - (bass), Danny Gottlieb - (drums), Farouk Gomati - (percussion), Corin Jack Bruce - (cowbell)
(8/10 stars) Bruce is revelling in his new surroundings and his voice is as strong as ever...some superbly arranged dynamics. -- Classic Rock, (Hugh Fielder), April 2008
A set of Cream and Bruce solo songs acquire a brassy swagger...Bruce is still in strong, soulful voice...an engaging celebration.
-- The Times, (John Bungey), March 15, 2008
A storming tribute...spectacular...fresh takes on Cream classics that make the hair stand up on the back of your neck. -- Jazzwise, (Andy Robson), March 2008