Jack Bruce Bass Gear

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I know some of you are probably wondering why I’m writing about a bass player who is not really known for playing a Fender Bass, although Bruce did play a Fender VI Bass early on in his career.

The main reason I feel I should include an article about Jack Bruce is his enormous impact on how the electric bass was played and perceived in rock music, regardless of whether he was using a Fender or not.

Born in Scotland in 1943, Jack Bruce Bass Gear gained fame and recognition as the lead vocalist and bassist of the 1960’s super group Cream. Growing up in a musical family, Bruce went to the Royal Academy of Music in Glasgow, Scotland where he studied cello. Soon after he switched to double bass and became more interested in jazz than classical studies. Playing upright bass in jazz and dance clubs, Jack saw a blues band that featured an electric ギブソン eb-1 bass player. He was immediately fascinated by this “new” Jack Bruce Bass Gear instrument and soon purchased a cheap electric bass guitar and began experimenting with it.

gibson eb-1 bass was much more interested in playing the electric bass more like a guitar, rather than just playing roots and fifths like most bassists of the day. Hugely influenced by the great Motown bassist James Jamerson, Bruce began to develop a busy, lead bass style using melodic phrasing and complex syncopation. In 1965 Bruce was playing for the Graham Bond Organization on upright but soon decided to switch to his electric bass and push the boundaries.

Gibson has never really enjoyed the same success in Bass guitars as Fender none the less Gibson basses have a loyal following. The EB1 first appeared in 1956. It looked more like a violin than a modern bass and appeared very similar to the classic hofner Jack Bruce Bass Gear bass models popular in the 60’s. The EB2, a semi-solid body bass was introduced in 1958 and featured rounded Les Paul like contours. This was probably due to influence of the ES335 which was introduced at the same timeframe. Gibson’s introduced the EB0 in 1959. The EB3 appeared in 1961 and was a deluxe version of the EB0 with an extra bridge pickup which gave it a much brighter sound.

Jack Bruce Gibson Bass

Jack Bruce Gibson Bass

Bill Black was an upright bassist who played electric bass later, and amongst my peers, Jaco Pastorius was a bass player from the word go; Steve Swallow, like me, switched from double bass to bass guitar – in fact, he saw me at the Fillmore in ’67, and decided to purchase a bass guitar.

In some of the British rock bands, the guy who wasn’t very good on guitar might have taken up Jack Bruce Gibson Bass (chuckles), but I think the serious bass players or bass guitarists are the ones who are in love with the bass and didn’t start off on another instrument.

But I have played Jack Bruce Gibson Bass guitar [since] my early skiffle days. I played acoustic, and still do. In fact, I play guitar on one track on the new album.I was very much a purist in wanting to play double bass, but then I was asked to do a session for a Jamaican jazz guitarist named Ernest Ranglin. He was very important in the development of Jamaican music like ska and reggae, as well as artists like Bob Marley, but he was also a jazz player. Island Records was doing a jazz EP, and I was doing quite a few sessions at the time. They told me specifically, to bring a “bass guitar.” So I borrowed one; I think Jack Bruce Gibson Bass was an old Guild semi-acoustic I got from a music shop, and I was immediately hooked.

More importantly, I think the invention of the bass guitar changed the whole direction of music. I would argue that it was more important than the guitar, because there have been guitars for a long time, and it was easy to amplify the guitar. But the bass guitar changed the whole sound and writing of music.

If you listen to early Elvis tracks, they’re using a double bass, and it’s a whole different feel – almost a country approach – from what came later. When the Jack Bruce Gibson Bass guitar began to be used more, that whole area – the bass frequencies – became more important, and that led to people like James Jamerson, who played very melodic bass. Sometimes, the bass was as important as the lead vocals, while the guitar was just chinking away rhythmically. There’s a very good book about that subject by a guy named Jim Roberts called How the Fender Bass Changed the World.

With an amplified guitar, the basic instrument is still the same. But the Jack Bruce Gibson Bass guitar had a different scale, and because of its sound, it made people write different kinds of music.

 

Jack Bruce Bass Guitar

Jack Bruce Bass Guitar

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Jack Bruce Bass

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John Symon Asher “Jack Bruce Bass” Bruce (14 May 1943 – 25 October 2014) was a Scottish musician, composer and vocalist, known primarily for his multi-faceted contributions to the legendary British supergroup Cream, which included guitarist-singer Eric Clapton and drummer-founder Ginger Baker. In March, 2011, Rolling Stone readers selected him as the eighth greatest bass guitarist of all time. “Most musicians would have a very hard time distinguishing themselves if they wound up in a band with Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker,” the magazine said at the time, “but Jack Bruce was so gifted on the bass that he did it with ease.”

jack bruce bass tabs maintained a solo career that spanned several decades and also played in several musical groups. Although recognized first and foremost as a vocalist, bassist and songwriter, he also played double bass, harmonica, piano and cello. He was trained as a classical cellist and considered himself a jazz musician, although much of his catalogue of compositions and recordings tended toward blues and rock and roll.
Bruce was born on 14 May 1943 in Bishopbriggs, Lanarkshire, to Betty (Asher) and Charlie Bruce,[1] musical parents who moved frequently, resulting in the young Bruce attending 14 different schools, ending up at Bellahouston Academy. He began playing the jazz bass in his teens and won a scholarship to study cello and musical composition at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama while playing in Jim McHarg’s Scotsville Jazzband to support himself.[2] The academy disapproved of its students playing jazz. “They found out”, Bruce told Musician correspondent Jim Macnie, “and said ‘you either stop, or leave college.’ So I left college.”

After leaving school he toured Italy, playing double bass with the Murray Campbell Big Band. In 1962 Bruce became a member of the London-based band Blues Incorporated,led by Alexis Korner, in which he played the upright bass. The band also included organist Graham Bond, saxophonist Dick Heckstall-Smith and Ginger Baker. In 1963 the group broke up and Bruce went on to form the Graham Bond Quartet with Bond, Baker and guitarist John McLaughlin.

They played an eclectic range of music genres, including bebop, blues and rhythm and blues. As a result of session work at this time, Bruce switched from the upright bass to the electric bass guitar. The move to electric bass happened as McLaughlin was dropped from the band; he was replaced by Heckstall-Smith on saxophone and the band pursued a more concise R&B sound and changed their name to the Graham Bond Organisation. They released two studio albums and several singles but were not commercially successful.

During the time that Bruce and Baker played with the Graham Bond Organisation, they were known for their hostility towards each other. There were numerous stories of the two sabotaging each other’s equipment and fighting on stage. Relations grew so bad between the two that Bruce left the group in August 1965.

After leaving, Bruce recorded a solo single, “I’m Gettin Tired”, for Polydor Records. He joined John Mayall and his Bluesbreakers group, which featured guitarist Eric Clapton. Although his stay was brief; the Universal Deluxe double album Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton contains all the known tracks featuring Bruce.