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HR-Bigband Featuring Jack Bruce

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  • Audio CD (18 Dec. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: In & Out
  • ASIN: B000XTBB92
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 279,748 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Never Tell Your Mother She's Out Of Tune - HR Big Band
2. Rope Ladder to the Moon - Jack Bruce
3. Spoonful - Jack Bruce
4. Smiles and Grins - HR Big Band
5. Born Under a Bad Sign - Jack Bruce
6. Theme from an Imaginery Western - Jack Bruce
7. Milonga - HR Big Band
8. The Conul at Sunset - Jack Bruce
9. We're Going Wrong - HR Big Band
10. Deserted Cities of the Heart - Jack Bruce
11. Sunshine of Your Love - HR Big Band

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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

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Neil Mawer on 4 April 2008
The worlds greatest rock bass player is back, and of course singing, composing, playing acoustic guitar & piano!!. This concert was his first since the Cream reunion and rather surprisingly it is the Cream songs that benefit most from the Big Band arrangements. I suspect this is because the solo songs ( mostly from Songs for a Tailor & Harmony Row)were originally arranged for larger bands. The original german live radio broadcast was marred by Jack having flu and lost most of his voice. I suspect therefore his vocals have been re recorded. The remix is magnificent and this may well be his finest solo live recording
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mark Robinson on 12 Dec. 2008
At Town Hall Birmingham this November I saw Jack Bruce and BBC Big Band arranged and conducted by Jorg Achim Keller deliver outstanding, imaginative music, with essentially the same sounds as can be heard on this record. The Keller arrangements reinvigorate the songs, while Bruce on the night sang movingly and with soul and inspiration.

Jack Bruce career has had ups and downs, creative digressions and experiments in rock, blues, jazz and Latin sounds. Along the way his audience has grown smaller - yet this music is deeply rewarding. The best records are I think as good as in any in rock - e.g. Harmony Row, Songs for a Tailor, More Jack than God. The choice of lyricists (Pete Brown, Kip Hanrahan) has meant poetic and intelligent words, the singing, bass playing and all-round musicianship are deep and for keeps.

This very fine live cd with HR Big Band is as good a place as any to start listening.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Jazz meets blues and rock 6 May 2008
By Bodhi Heeren - Published on Amazon.com
As evidenced on the succesful "Seven Moons" album Jack Bruce is slowly but steadily returning to form after his serious illness. He put on a magnificent effort at the historical Cream-reunion shows in 2005, but for die-hard fans it was obvious that he was only a shadow of his former self.

Here the golden voice is back, not least in his timestopping rendition of 'Milonga'. Jörg Kellers arrangements for the HR Big Band are somewhat sparse but effective. The young guitarist Martin Scales but some interesting twists to Cream classics like 'Spoonful' and 'Sunshine Of Your Love'. And Danny Gottlieb (Pat Metheney, John McLaughlin) of course plays some effective and groovy drums.

Jack also plays some beautifully weird and somewhat minimalistic basssolos.

A fine meeting between rock, jazz and blues from this highly eclectic artist. And played in front of an understandably enthusiastic crowd.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Keeping it fresh! 30 Dec. 2008
By rick from Boston - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a fantastic live recording of Jack Bruce's music recorded in 2006 at a jazz festival in Germany.Jack's voice is in fine shape on this one and the recording quality is awesome. Many of Jack's best tunes are given the big band horn treatment with positive results. The horn arrangements augment the tunes beautifully, never getting in the way. I never would have thought "spoonful" or "we're going wrong" would work with this type of background, but I was wrong. "Born under a bad sign" sounds the way it was originally meant to. The horns give the riff added weight."Never tell your mother she's out of tune" sounds better than the original.He's used horns most of his career before and after Cream, but this is the best result yet.
It's a good time to be a Jack Bruce fan. This release, along with the "Spirit bbc sessions", the "Can you follow" box set career retrospective, and the "seven moons" collaberation with Robin Trower make for a lot of good music to listen to, new and old. I can't wait to see what he's going to do next.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Jack comes back with power and grace. 15 Sept. 2008
By Studebacher Hoch - Published on Amazon.com
What a great treat for Jack Bruce fans! The song selection plays like a a "best-of" album, but the arrangements for big band are fresh and interesting - always augmenting the material - never taking it over. Jack's voice hasn't sounded this good in many. many years. Although he doesn't choose to exercise the high end of his range, the incredible power and emotion present will make you think you're listening to a recording made several decades ago - not least year. A great romp from a superb musician who is having an incredible comeback, between this and the Seven Moons collection.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Big Band Meets Blues Rock 14 Nov. 2008
By Kurt Harding - Published on Amazon.com
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At first blush, the idea of a marriage between the big band sound and blues rock sounds like a marriage bound to fail. Indeed, it sounded so preposterous to me that I would never have considered buying this had it not been for a couple of very positive reviews in the English music press. Nevertheless, I was prepared for the worst when I put it on for the first time.
It took several times through for me to warm to Hr-Bigband Featuring Jack Bruce even a little. But I heard something new each time I played it and so I have gradually come to like it quite well. Those who know Jack Bruce chiefly through his work with Cream and Robin Trower may be taken quite aback when they hear this the first time. Its truly unlike anything else he's done. But once you come to grips with what it is Bruce is doing, you should come to like it too.
First of all, this is a live album so that leaves very little room for mistakes. But the band has learned the material well and Bruce himself is back on track with a fine recent album with Robin Trower under his belt and now this. My favorites are an interesting take on the classic Spoonful, a great rendition of Born Under A Bad Sign, the emotional Milonga, a suave The Consul at Sunset, and strong renditions of Cream standards We're Going Wrong, Deserted Cities of the Heart, and Sunshine of Your Love. About the only songs I don't really care for are Rope Ladder to the Moon and the cacophonous Smiles and Grins.
The CD comes with an informative booklet in English and German that contains track information, lyrics, biographical sketches of Jack Bruce and hr-Bigband conductor Joerg Achim Keller and a brief introduction to the band itself. Longtime Jack Bruce fans will ultimately accept and even celebrate this experiment as another successful episode in his storied career.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
"JACK DOES IT AGAIN" 22 Feb. 2009
By DR. ROBERT - Published on Amazon.com
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