Sunday, 26 October 2014

Jack Bruce - Out of the Storm, 1974

Solo Heights

If you want virtuoso bass lines, listen to Keep on Wondering on this album, especially the bass and harmonica duet in the middle, and Keep It Down with its power bass, but the album as a whole is a stunning showcase for Bruce’s glorious vocal range – here pushed high – and his songwriting prowess, predominantly with partner lyricist Pete Brown. This is Bruce pushing solo musical boundaries – not quite the jazz that was his spiritual home, nor a blues base – but expansive rock and rock ballads, these latter simply beautiful in their melodic richness, like Golden Days especially, Running Through Our Hands and the acoustic guitar into piano led One that rises into such vocal heights. The album closes on Timeslip which itself closes on some scorching bass and Steve Hunter on lead guitar.

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