Entries for July through September 2004
NAME: Patrick Cieply
LOCATION: Austin Texas
Time: 12:45:26 PM
Like no other bassist out there Jack,you have been a constant source of happiness and inspiration for me over the years.I owe a great debt of gratitude to you as playing bass has brought me so much joy,and you were the man that inspired me to choose the instrument 36 years ago.I look foward to new cd releases and shows for many,many years to come!Thank you so very much!!-Patrick Cieply
NAME: John Dixon
LOCATION: Charleston, SC
Time: 1:55:15 PM
I'll soon be 50 years old and I grew up on Cream. However, except for the obvious "power rotation" numbers on corporate radio, I had not heard much of the deeper stuff in quite a while. That changed a few weeks ago when I heard "Deserted Cities of the Heart" for the first time in years and...like a revelation I understood, like several posters above, that it was Jack who was the guiding force behind this group's material. I have missed his voice; what a unique, powerful vocalist! I once had both "Songs for a Tailor" and "Harmony Row" on 8-track and hadn't heard either in years, so I ordered "..Tailor" and have enjoyed being reaquainted with those unique songs. I'll be ordering "Harmony Row" this week sometime.
Jack, I'm sorry to hear of your recent illness but relieved to hear that you're mending nicely. You could have sold out, formed a Cream-soundalike band and bludgeoned what we love about you to death but you remained true to your muse, commercial prospects be damned. That's the definition of a true artist.
NAME: Dave Bailey
LOCATION: Stockport UK
Time: 7:21:52 AM
Great to hear the seminal 1975 Manchester concert (which I attended) again. It really is as good as I remember. Thanks for that Jack and I hope you are fit for the road soon.
LOCATION: Birmingham, AL
Time: 4:37:45 PM
The last time I saw you live was on the David Letterman show. You were with Ginger Baker and I must say, you two were fantastic. I just heard about your transplant, I wish you the fastest recovery and a long life. Your music has meant great deal to me since the 1960's. I'm 53 now. I saw Cream near Chicago in the late 60's. The experience is still with me. Utterly superb - all 3 of you. Best Wishes!
LOCATION: Parkstone, Dorset
Time: 8:24:12 PM
Was in the local drinking club tonight and played 'I feel free' and 'White room' on the club juke box ( Oh !!! Ron must be in again -- I always play your tracks off the 'Clapton' CD. Tonight I was further inspired to check out Jack Bruce on the internet search, so here I am.
I was gutted to hear I missed you in the past in Bournemouth and came looking to see if you were touring this year.
Whilst I was shocked to hear of your recent medical trauma, I am glad to find that you have successfully commenced that first step to recovery - I add my prayers to those already offered on your behalf.
The 'something planned' for next year has my attention and I hope that all of us, your fans, get to see you out there performing once again.
Every good wish
Please keep me posted on any developments.
Just another of your gratefull fans.
NAME: David McLeod
LOCATION: Greenwich Ct. USA
Time: 4:02:22 PM
Dear Jack, May the Lord be with you. I am so happy to hear that you are recovering nicely. You are a tremendous musician who has made the World a better place through music. Here is my website, www.tellmetro.com/ukp I am working on developing this project with one of your friends, Captain Madman. Sincerely, David McLeod-a fellow Scot. I am American, but my ancestry is 100% Scottish.
NAME: Diann Gaudreau
LOCATION: Dartmouth, Nova Scotia Canada
Time: 7:41:16 PM
Hi, I'm a bass player and my hero is Jack Bruce, nobody will ever come close. I just want to say you're the greatest.
NAME: tom puzio
LOCATION: pequannock n.j. 07440
Time: 4:30:16 PM
god let me think why did i start playing jack. who did i try to imitate jack.why did i work hard save my pennies and buy a 1971 gibson eb-3. which by the way if he gets well is welcome to. its the year with the turned back tuning pegs collector edition?any way saw cream.1st album i bought fresh cream second disrealigears third are you experienced any way.he did more for bassists than any one.saw west bruce and laing many many times radiocity whydontcha the stage rose up the capital inpassaic . i allways wanted to dothis at the palladium?yeah i think so.bought every thing i can find saw blt 50th birthday would love to get a video of intro to rock and roll hall of fame anybody?am i a fan?i cry every time i play white room of the concert series cd with the i allways wanted to do this band is he playing 8th notes?damn.by the way my 2 favorite cream songs ? deserted cities of theheart and those where the days god bless felix may he rest in peace. gotta go now jack get well all the young dudes jammin in heaven don't need a bassist of your calliber yet. they got felix jaco humble pie dude etc etc.please get well brother.i'm prayen for you from old bass player.
NAME: dave millott
Time: 11:53:57 AM
i have come upon an amazing rendition of a live recording of a song called "spoonful" amazing - bluesy. the only thing i know about it is that it is supposedly Dickie Betts and Jack Bruce.
can anyone offer any additional info?
NAME: michael dahm
Time: 6:17:38 PM
my name is michael. Meanwhile I´m 50 years old. It was CREAM, when I got taste in rock-music. It was CROSSROADS, the song, the beginning of my rock-feeling. And the voice of Jack. For me, the only male voice in rock-music. In times, when I lived by my parents, I had many posters at the wall in my room of CREAM. Jack, for me, is the best bass player I know. And the bass is my favorite instrument. Sorry, my English is not the best. Hope, you understand what I mean. At the beginnings of the 80´s I visited a concert of you in mannheim, where I live. As much as I remember, you played with simon pilipps. Unforgettable! Ok, it´s all I wanted to say. One for all: Jack is the best rock-musician I know. Regards.
Time: 12:22:38 AM
Mr. Bruce---A couple of the fellas from the great rock and roll band from Brooklyn called Federale were hangin' out recently listening to your incredible bass playing throughout your career. Over a couple of beers, the West Bruce and Laing album "Why Dontcha", and the legendary Cream album "Disraeli Gears", as well as some sundry other additives--we came to a conclusion: You are, indisputably, one of the greatest bass players that ever lived. Thank you so much for all you have done--keep rockin'. And if you're ever in Brooklyn...
LOCATION: Cuevas De Reyllo, Spain.
Time: 8:02:27 AM
Jack, Only saw you once, Southport Floral Hall in England back in '67. You've been an inspiration ever since, causing me to buy a new EB3 in '73 which I still have and use. Best wishes to you and hope to see you back on the road soon.
NAME: sascha kaukars
LOCATION: duisburg / germany
Time: 2:08:20 PM
your lyrics in connection with your music can prduce every feeling that has ever been felt in me! you´re one of the greatest men alive. go ahead in eternity. sascha
NAME: GREG RZAB
Time: 11:12:58 AM
JUST THINK...JACK WAS PLAYING ALL OF THAT STUFF ON BASS IN THE 60'S, WAY BEFORE ANYBODY!!!!!WELL DONE MR. BRUCE!
NAME: Paul Burstyn
LOCATION: New York
Time: 7:40:22 PM
Hi Jack, I saw you last year at BB Kings when you performed in your pajamas. I hadn't seen you since your first shows in New York. I sat in the first row at the Murray the K Show at that show that Cream played, as well as The Who, Mitch Ryder, The Blues Project etc. I was also at that show at the Anderson Theater in the East Village (pre Fillmore East) where Cream and Moby Grape headlined but Moby did not show up so they had Richie Havens, the Soul Survivors and PG & E play. I still listen to Fresh Cream often in the morning, in my car on the way to work to get my engines revved up. I probably wouldn't have written except that I saw that you were sick and wanted you to know that I've always respected and admired your music and ability. I sincerely hope that you recover fully and can come back out to play again. Best regards, Paul Burstyn
NAME: Ted Logsdon
Time: 10:05:39 PM
My Heart is with you Buddy.....Always followed you.. You'll be OK..I'm Sure....
NAME: Rob Bolton
LOCATION: Upland, CA
Time: 11:30:54 PM
Jack - I just saw where you underwent treatment for liver cancer. My best wishes to you, old friend, may you make a speedy recovery and get back to your friends and family! I saw you at the NAMM Show, back in '90 with Ginger and Blues Salcedo, I got right up front and let me tell you, that show blew my mind. You were more of an influence on me than my parents(good or bad) and without your music, I'd probably have taken up the accordian! God Speed Jack Bruce, may the wind be at your sail and the sun always on your horizon.....
NAME: Peter Scadding
LOCATION: Nailsea, North Somerset, UK
Time: 5:34:54 PM
I first heard Fresh Cream when I was 15 (now I,m 50) from that moment on I was hooked. Sadly Cream had just broke up, but I've been a staunch fan ever since. Most weekends I put on one of the 'Those were the Days' CD's and drum along trying to emulate Ginger's poly rythms (with some success after all these years) I have never tired of the music and it's just as exiting as when I first heard it. There will never be trio to match Cream. Jack I just love your harmonica playing and singing on 'Traintime', classic stuff. 'Never tell your mother she's out of tune' is brilliant as well. God bless you squire.
NAME: jon vigi
Time: 10:39:41 PM
Jack, you are the best bassist of all time. I'm gonna say it again, You are the best bass player of all time. You have inspired me so much, you are the reason i play the bass. I saved up my money to buy an SG style bass (epiphone) to be as much as i could like you during cream. Cream has such good music and was so influential to rock music. Your solo work is also fantastic and i think it is over shadowed a bit by your cream days. I wish you great health and full recovery.
NAME: Dan McCarthy
LOCATION: Meriden, CT
Time: 10:41:28 PM
Dude! Love that EB-3 you had... I've got a black 5-string Epiphone variant as well as an EB-0 that looks almost exactly like your old Gibson. Anywho, keep up the good work and take care of yourself.
Time: 9:34:02 PM
Hey Jack, im just a kid but i love what u do with cream and by yourself, u rock man!!
LOCATION: shoreham n.y.
Time: 1:01:06 AM
hello jack, friend of larry coryell and wish you well. love to find jack bruce and friends jan. 1970 at the fillmore east but i can't. can you help me??? hope your well you legend, joseph....
LOCATION: Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
Time: 11:32:26 AM
Thank you for your wonderful contribution the world. :-D. Would you consider a message board of some sort on your site?
NAME: Jim Hickey
LOCATION: New York ,USA
Time: 3:14:50 AM
Hi Jack, I'm glad to hear you're feeling better! Your bass, vocals, and recordings have been a source of inspiration for me and every electric bassist I know. All the best, JH
LOCATION: Baltimore, MD USA
Time: 8:48:56 AM
Just..Thanks..Thanks for the memories..Pulled out my "Wheels of Fire" Album today & played it..Geeesh..What great stuff!..Just thanks Guy!...I grew up with that music..I'm 52..Man, what a ride!! Just, thanks!....
NAME: John Flanagan
LOCATION: Calgary, AB. Canada
Time: 2:51:25 PM
Greetings Jack! Praise the Lord !!! I thank God for answering prayer and putting you back on the road to recovery. It was gratifying to have read your letter confirming this fact even on your birthday, May14. You've only begun to recover. You will see your 70th birthday and beyond. Upon hearing last year that you were seriously ill I was much concerned and began praying for you. Frequently I would lift you up before the Messiah saying , " God, heal Jack!" Time and again I would apply Messiah's blood for your healing . The robber that would suck on your soul will not reach his goal of cutting your life short . I'll never let him get above. No surrender ! Your right to another 9 years of life at least is promised by God. "Threescore and ten years have been allotted to man and if by reason of strength even more." Do not let the assassins of faith rob you of that power. How ? By condemning and judging the conduits of His healing streams. Such names would be Graham Cook, Benny Hinn , Morris Cerillo or Bart Pierce. These servants of God are used by Him for working His miracles. Such men are only a few of the many He is using in these modern times to transmit His power. Creative miracles are occurring. New body parts are being formed in Messiah's name, Jesus. No doubt the religious crowd has judged you Jack but Yeshua never has. He wants to fully restore your health because He loves you. He gifted you with that musical brilliance. In your case The Best Is Still To Come. Not surprisingly when you fully recover I will be singing at full voice, I'm So Glad, in the highways and cafes.
Thanks for the excellence in music from Cream to the present. GratefullyJohn Flanagan
NAME: Régis KOWAN
Time: 12:03:03 PM
Hello from the french acoustic guitarist of KOWAN duo ( http://kowan.free.fr) because Jack Bruce is one of the artists who made me a musician! Thanks a lot............
NAME: Terry Ladd
LOCATION: Montreal, Canada
Time: 10:10:48 PM
I missed you when your show was canceled in Montreal a couple of summers ago. Bummer. Thanks for the music and inspiration in my playing over the years. You've helped me through some rough times, too.
Keep well. Play on.
NAME: Patrick Prosser
Time: 7:37:01 AM
Just bought Wheels of Fire on CD, the first time I've listened to it in ages. Gosh, it really does sound to me that Jack was the driving/creative force in the Cream. I never realised this before.
It's nice to listen to it again and reafirm that as a kid of 16 in 1968 I really did have good taste
Jack, come visit Glasgow
NAME: randall davis
Time: 11:44:45 AM
what's going on?may this find you fine asd frogs hair.just a few lines to let you know i really enjoy your music.i just recieved blt/truce,it is great!justlistening to pressed rat and warthog and out into the fields.take care of yourself.thanx rd
NAME: Scott MacGillivray
LOCATION: Traverse City, MI
Time: 11:57:49 AM
Hope Jack is doing better health wise. Can anyone tell me what N.S.U. (Fresh Cream) stands for? Great site!
NAME: Dennis McKenna
LOCATION: Ronkonkoma, new york.
Time: 2:58:53 PM
Dear Jack: Let me start by telling you, You are the best. I have one wish before i go to heaven, and that is that the cream get back together just one more time. I know you and Ginger have problems, but just think how much money you can make on this. Plus, just how happy you would make alot of us old hippies. To be honest, i don't even know if Ginger Baker is alive and well. And if he is alive and well, can he still play as well as he did. oh yes, i remember toad I still listen to it. Wheels of fire baby, oh ya!! But anyway, thankyou for all the years of good music.
NAME: Jeffrey Jones
LOCATION: Louisville KY
Time: 11:02:24 PM
Fearfully worried was I when I learned of JB's medical problem. Until now I had not lately visited his website, but to seek reassurance of his recovery, today I took a peek.
So relieved am I to read of his successful surgery and recovery. To be told that he expects to be back in action soon enough is to me incomparable delight. For all the brilliant work he has produced for nearly forty years he remains for me a principal beacon of musical power and beauty. To think that I may look forward to more of his endeavors (and maybe, I pray, another USA tour?) fills me with anticipatory joy. May we hear the wonder of his music for years to come.
Just chuckled at a thought. Back in the '60s, London graffiti read "Clapton is God". But as our man's last album points out, Bruce is even more Jack than that.
LOCATION: Essex UK
Time: 5:27:30 PM
I have recently taken to playing the guitar after 32 years on this planet.The whole time,my dad had been trying to get me to do it.Anyway,my biggest inspiration has been Cream.And although I am not gonna say the exact area,when I found out that Jack lives near me I was overwhelmed.I hope you are feeling better dude,and thanks for the inspiration.
NAME: simon loveland
Time: 10:19:31 PM
I know that Ginger used to tell you you were too busy, but before you burst onto the scene, the term creative and bass player were totally mutually exclusive in rock music. I'm glad you had the balls to risk upsetting Ginger and that you invented instrumental/improvisational rock. When I hear some of these bands today, they're so boring, I wonder if they even know what the term "buzz" really means. Cream gave me a massive "buzz" when I first heard them and they changed my life forever. Eric's beautiful,emotionaly pure blues guitar, your amazing pulsing, Beethoven style bass and Ginger Baker's fantastic Salvador Dali Style Drumming(Thumping anthemic tom toms, bossa nova, rock, jazz seamlessly blended together in the SAME SONG???!!!) produced a sound that was completely unique. Thanks for the most intense 'buzzes' I ever experienced through music or anything else...
NAME: Mark Rodgers
LOCATION: Orlando Florida
Time: 12:42:32 AM
Love all your work. I was just wondering why no mention of the great music you did with Robin Trower?? Not one word???? I loved those albums.
Anyway, "I Feel Free" on Live Vol 1 is still one of the greatest jams ever. Thanks Jack.
NAME: Mark Rodgers
LOCATION: Orlando Florida
Time: 12:44:48 AM
Love all your work. I was just wondering why no mention of the great music you did with Robin Trower?? Not one word???? I loved those albums.
Anyway, "NSU" on Live Vol 1 is still one of the greatest jams ever. Thanks Jack.
LOCATION: Detroit, MI.
Time: 5:35:49 AM
You have the all time greatest rock & roll/ blues voice I have ever heard.
You are my favorite. I hope you are doing well, and I wish you good health
NAME: Scott Shelton
LOCATION: Clarksville, Tennessee, USA
Time: 10:28:13 AM
Stay well, friend Jack! And thanks for all the great music. "Ye wuz always the best, ye'll always be the best!"
NAME: Robert Mallon
LOCATION: Caldwell NJ
Time: 10:49:37 PM
Jack, I wish you and your family all the best. I sincerely hope you are well. My 13 year old has a harmonica and a bass and tries to make music like you - not easy! Your music endures - get well and give us more. Best Wishes & Best Regards
NAME: Hans Martinek
Time: 12:59:40 PM
Ich sitze gerade wieder einmal vor meinem PC und höre "Theme fpr imaginary western"... unglaubliche Musik, auch noch 2004!
Alles liebe Hans M.
NAME: paul schmelzer
LOCATION: Hasty, Co USA
Time: 3:04:42 PM
I teach a music appreciation class at a small College in South Eastern Colorado. I played a de Machaut, "Quant en moi" composition as an example of a Motet. The text pointed out that the two poems in the piece each stood on their own individually, but also interacted with each other to create a new meaning. I was reminded of Jack's "Boston Ball Game 1967," that follows a similar pattern. Anyone out their know, was this a conscious emulation of Machaut or some other composer? Anyone know of other examples that I might share with my class? I know Jack attented formal music school and may have been exposed to Machaut.