The Jeff Berlin-Jack Bruce Connection
Bass icon Jeff Berlin will be recording a new album tribute to the legendary Jack Bruce titled Jack Songs: An All-Star Tribute to Jack Bruce.
Jack Bruce, best known for his work with classic rock legends Cream, as well as his critically acclaimed solo work, sadly passed away in 2014. Jeff Berlin, who has been called “the greatest bass player in the world”, was a personal friend of Jack's and felt the time was right for a tribute.
Says Jeff, “Recording the music of Jack Bruce will be the most emotional recording project of my career. Jack was my greatest musical influence ever. As an impressionable 14-year-old bass player, I was stunned by Cream, literally in awe of the music that came from them. And, in the center of the music were these strange and wonderful bass lines, weaving in and out of the key, reaching for resolutions and finding them, again and again. Jack’s playing was a living, evolving improvisation. I simply never heard a bass player that had the breadth of originality like Jack had. I still haven’t!
Jack Songs: An All-Star Tribute to Jack Bruce isn’t a cover CD. Jeff has created his own unique, surprising arrangements of Jack's songs. And except for a couple of tunes from his Cream period, most of the songs on this CD come from other periods in Jack’s musical life.
Guest performers include:
Jeff Berlin on Bass and Arrangements
Neal Schon on Guitar
Chad Smith on Drums
Paul Shaffer on Organ
David Sancious on Keyboards and Guitar
Gary Husband on Drums
Dennis Chambers on Drums
Scott Henderson on Guitar
Steve Lukather on Guitar
Narada Michael Walden on Drums
Mick Taylor on Guitar
Pat Bergeson on Harmonica
Keith Carlock on Drums
And the guest list is still being expanded.
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Known worldwide for his innovative style, Jeff has graced bandstands and recordings with legendary players like Bill Bruford, Dennis Chambers, Neil Peart, Billy Cobham, John McLaughlin, and Allan Holdsworth, and has led bands and recorded his own CDs for nearly 30 years. He has recorded for vocalists Patti Austin and kd Lang; he has traversed the progressive rock realm with former YES members Anderson, Bruford, Wakeman, Howe and is the only electric bassist to have played with jazz pianist Bill Evans. Jeff famously turned down an offer to join rockers VAN HALEN. Jeff is also hailed outside the usual musician ranks: Actor Gary Sinise (also a bassist) is one of his biggest fans, and renowned boxing trainer and ESPN commentator Teddy Atlas refers to Jeff as “the best in the business.” Jaco Pastorius considered Berlin a better soloist than he was. Geddy Lee called Jeff “the best bass player on the planet”. Jack Bruce said that Jeff “was the greatest bass player I ever heard!” From straight ahead Jazz to Fusion to Prog-Rock, Jeff is famous for playing anything, always at the very highest level of proficiency and musicality.
Jack Songs: An All-Star Tribute to Jack Bruce will be co-produced with Jeff Berlin by New York/Nashville based producer John McCracken. John is a gold and platinum record producer/musician/engineer with over 100 recordings produced for major and independent record labels as well as TV and film. He has worked in all genres including rock, pop, jazz and classical/opera. John is also a former EMI Music Group Executive as Head of A&R/Staff Producer for EMI Music/Blue Note Label Group. There he worked with Norah Jones, Amos Lee, Rosanne Cash, Diana Ross, Sarah Brightman, Anouska Shankar (daughter of Ravi and half sister of Norah Jones), Robert Glasper and many others. John is currently spearheading guitar legend Allan Holdsworth’s Tales from the Vault PledgeMusic campaign. He is also an acclaimed guitarist and recording engineer and brings over 35+ years of experience at all levels of music production, A&R/project management and publishing.
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Project Management: John McCracken for John McCracken Music Group
Phone: NYC 646-685-4632 Nashville 615-457-1597
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