on 7 February 2011
Originally released at Pledge Music it's great that this beautiful set now gets a wider distribution.
Mixed and produced by the legendary Kip Hanrahan the sound quality is outstanding. And so is the music. This is taken from the Cuicoland Express tour, promoting Jack's then new album "Shadows In the Air". And it's certainly nice to hear just how great the songs from that album was, like "Shadow Heart".
The band is stellar with Bernie Worrell contributing some avantgardish hammond playing, a three man rhythm section with Bobby Ameen, El Negro and Richie Flores - all legends from the New York latin scene. And on lead guitar Vernon Reid (Living Color). Jack's playing is wild and spontaneous as always, his intonation on the fretless is not spotless all the time, but whatever he does on the bass is never short of engaging and interesting. His vocals are in top form. The only minus - in my ears - is the overly fast playing of Reid which doen't really suit Jack Bruce's melodic compositions. At least for me it's difficult to find head and tails in the vast flurry of notes.
A good mix of newer songs and Cream classics with some of Jack's most beloved solo tunes (just a shame "Theme From An Imaginary.." isn't on the record although it was played at the show).
An absolute must for Jack Bruce fans and for any one in to adventurous, free-spirited music.
on 16 February 2011
An excellent 2cd set of a night of Jack Bruce's latin influenced tour of the shadows in the air album,with 3 Cream numbers added into the mix.Sound is very good,performances are excellent.Previously only available to "pledge"customers,as a download,I believe(I will not truck with downloads,being a hi-fi enthusiast--why settle for second best?)this is now available to all.Don't hesitate,you won't regret this one.this is a really great Jack cd,perhaps his best ever,my only regret being that he did not perform The consul at sunset,his first,as far as I can recall,latin flavoured piece,and a firm personal favourite.Maybe another time?
on 27 March 2011
Jack Bruce deserves to be heard and listened to by a wider audience again. His musical range is actually quite mind-boggling, and this cd gives a very good flavour of the live experience. His compositional skills can be heard on Milonga, Dark Heart (more recent Latin-influenced compositions) and We're Going Wrong (ahead of its time Cream song). His bass improvisational skills can be heard on the perennial Sunshine of Your Love (but he plays a fulltone and singing Warwick these days differing from the rough hewn EB3 of old). His unique tenor-rock vocal skills are evident throughout the cd, but listen to the very last track as he loosens up to morph 52nd Street from funk to reggae and the band gleefully follow the groove.
This is a live record, with long workouts and infectious band interplay. Bruce's influences include jazz, rock, blues, classical, reggae and Latin music, but it all ends up being Jack Bruce music. The band are great, Latin percussionists who worked with Kip Hanrahan, Bernie Worrell's sly and amusing fluency on the keyboards/organ, Vernon Reid - not really a blues player but a real original with a wide range of techniques.
I highly recommend this great live double cd to anyone interested in exploring Jack Bruce's music. He is one of the great creative musicians of the rock/jazz/blues era in Scotland/UK! Anyone who gets interested should then buy Songs for a Tailor, Harmony Row, Out of the Storm, and More Jack than God.