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A perfect combination
on 5 September 2014
One of the most distinctive singers of the rock era paired with one of its tastiest guitarists. What could go wrong?
In truth, quite a lot - in reality, very little.
I love Jack Bruce, for me he's one of those 'special people' (eg. Ray Davies, John Fogerty, John Sebastian, Glenn Tilbrook...) whose very presence makes me feel good.
It helps that he has one of the most thrilling rock/jazz/blues voices of the last fifty years, still sounding terrific on this collaboration with the mellow guitar of the very fine Robin Trower. (Ignore those who say his voice is shot, I've no idea what they're talking about.)
There's a strong jazz feel to some of the songs, but it's bluesiness that's to the fore on these eleven songs, each giving plenty of room for Bruce's expansive vocals and Trower's moody, sinuous guitar lines. The latter proves as equally effective a partner to JB as Clapton once did.
Bruce's bass playing is of course beyond reproach - the talent of the man! - and the drumming of experienced veteran Gary Husband is subtle enough to complement the other two.
This is one album that could be played loud when you want to kick out the cobwebs, or late at night when you want some roughage with yer blues! I listen to it often, and if I haven't heard it for a while I get withdrawal symptoms - and then it's always so good to hear it once more.