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Jack Bruce honored

Singer and bassist Jack Bruce was made a Doctor of Letters by Glasgow Caledonian University. Bruce is 66 years old and a founding member of the band Cream with Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker.

Bruce was quoted saying: “I dropped out and became a professional musician when I was very young, I just wanted to get on with it really – it’s an incredible honour for me today, especially since it’s my home city.”

Bruce is credited as being one of the most skilled bassists around, having a very free improvisational technique that is said to have influenced both Jaco Pastorius and Sting. He boasts 18 solo albums in his disography from 1969 to 2008. Be sure to check out his website for more history on his career and current tour news.

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Jack Bruce fans and others you have to check out Things We Like (recorded 1968)–stunning upright bass work by the master electric bassist. The album is just fantastic featuring some great bebop flavored guitar work from John McLaughlin, blazing horn work by Dick Heckstall-Smith rounded out by Jon Hiseman contributing superb drum work. This album may not be held in high esteem by those making the lists of “500 best blah blah blah” but check it out and see what Jack and his pals were up to just prior to Cream breaking up; you’ll be amazed.