It's been a decade since Jack Bruce's last solo album, but as he brings out "Silver Rails" today (April 15), the former Cream bassist and singer tells us he wasn't worried about that gap:
"Well, I hadn't really thought about making a solo studio album but I was approached by the guy from the record company, Mark Powell, who's a guy who's put out a lot of my back catalog in the past, and he suggested I might want to do that, and of course I jumped at the chance 'cause I thought it was a good time to make a new album."
"Silver Rails," which came out last month in the U.K., features 10 original tracks with music by Bruce and lyrics by his wife, Margrit Seyffer and longtime collaborator Pete Brown, among others. It also features guest appearances by Bruce's onetime BLT partner Robin Trower, Roxy Music's Phil Manzanera, Bernie Marsden, Uli Jon Roth and John Medeski and Cindy Blackman Santana, Bruce's bandmates in the jazz fusion group Spectrum Road.
"Silver Rails" was recorded at the famed Abbey Road Studios in London, which says was a treat:
"I think it's the greatest studio in the world...We were working in Studio 2, which is the famous Beatles studio. I've worked quite a lot there going back to the 60s. And then there's the amazing Studio C, which is where 'The Dark Side of the Moon' was recorded and a lot of other good stuff, too. There's sort of music stuck to the walls, and also musicians tend to play up a notch if you know what I mean. They tend to play up a little notch because of where it is."
Bruce did some touring earlier in the year but is taking the spring and summer off to vacation in Majorca, where he hopes to write material for his next album.