‘Silver Rails’ is the eagerly awaited new studio album by the legendary JACK BRUCE, one of the greatest popular musicians Britain has ever produced. A supremely talented instrumentalist and vocalist, eminently respected by his peers, Jack’s pioneering bass playing style has influenced successive generations of bassists, including such luminaries as Paul McCartney, Jaco Pastorius and Sting, alongside more contemporary musicians such as Flea of the Red Hot Chilli Peppers. He is also the possessor of one of the most powerful voices in modern music and a composer of some of the most original and influential music of the past forty-five years. As a songwriter he has written some of popular music’s enduring classics such as “Sunshine of Your Love”, “White Room”, “I Feel Free” and “Theme from an Imaginary Western”.
I recently received my personalized video of my week at Roy Vogt’s Fantasy Bass Boot Camp and thought I would share my live performance on stage at the Rutledge.
Such a great experience! I can’t wait to go back again next year.
Jeff Berlin is currently doing a run of clinics at Guitar Center’s throughout the U.S. and I highly recommend you try to catch him if he hits a city near you. On September 20th I was fortunate enough to catch him in San Jose, Ca. Berlin’s clinic was a bit different from others I have attended in that, instead of dazzling us with his chops he educated us with his wisdom.
With the passing of Ray Manzarek I’ve been listening to a lot of my old Doors albums. Man is there some great bass lines on those albums. Whether it is Ray on the Fender Rhodes Keyboard Bass or a studio bass player, the bass lines are simply fantastic. It got me thinking how unusual it was for a band to feature bass so prominently in the mix back then. Surely they must have been one of the first Rock bands to do this. One things for sure, Ray had one hell of left hand!