We select three essential albums from a genre or player.
Ja ck Bruce
SONGS FOR A TAILOR
BY JACK BRUCE
Jack's debut solo
well, though couldn't
match the su cce ss
of Cream 's albums.
bassists it's a treat
from start to finish. C h eck out the raspy funk
groove on 'Never Tell Your Mother She's Out
O f Tune', which kicks the album off in fine
style. The m elodic intro to 'Tickets To W ater
Falls' is followed up by a m eandering line that
traverses the fretboard with ease.
WHEELS OF FIRE
Th is double album
sa w Cream m oving
territory, with their jazz
influences there for
all to see. Th e sim ple
but on-the-m oney line
on 'W hite Room ' is note perfect, w hile the
m uscular, creeping riffs of 'Politician' m im ic
the underhand nature of the lyrics. The band's
cover of 'Born Under A Bad Sign' features
so m e fine slo w blues grooving from Jack. A
sto ne cold classic.
By WEsT, BRucE &
Ja ck alw ays knew
how to put a
and this power trio
w as no exception.
'W hy Dontcha' sounds
like a bluesier version of Kiss, and Jack's bass,
with its m elodic fills, arpeggios and driving
pulse, is the centre of the track. It continues
with the bubbling groove on 'Turn M e Over',
the slow, greasy riff on 'Shake Ma Thing' and
more. A blues-rock gem.
Anaconda have announced a new model,
the 'Super J', which will be available at the
London B a ss Guitar Show . Luthier A ndrew
Taylor-Cum m ings tells us, "The Super J4
is our take on a classic, with a dow nsized
and m ore sculpted body. This is a passive-
only bass and incorporates the Stellartone
Tonestyler control for a huge range of
excellent p a ssive tones. High-end features
like a five-piece neck are standard. The
four-string has pickups in standard Jazz
configuration and the five-string has pickups
in Anaconda ToneZones. Coil sw itching
further enhances the huge range of tones
available from these basses."
Bass Direct have been in touch,
su g g e stin g that readers head to their
YouTube channel, w here you'll find
over 100 vid eo s dedicated to killer b a ss
equipm ent. N ew sto ck at the Leam ington-
based store include products from
D arkglass, Vanderkley, D ingw all and Elrick.
In which a
reader tells us about his or her bass gear.
This month: Doug Heede, Sinister Flynn
Sinister Flynn are a seven-piece skunk-rock band, smack in the face! What's skunk rock? A
bit of ska, a bit of funk and a w hole lot of rock. I play Spector basses, mainly Euro 4s, but I also use
a Rex Brown four-string, a ReBop 5 D LX five-string and a NS2000/5. I've recently got back into BC
Riches, which I played in the 90s. Terrible balance, but they look great! M y effects are a B o ss M E-
50B multi-effects unit and a Behringer BDI21 DI box. A m p-w ise, I use an Aguilar Tone Ham m er
350 into tw o Hartke HyDrive 112 12" bass cabinets. They're super light and portable, which is a
necessity because the rest of the band disappear w hen you need gear moved, like cockroaches
w hen you turn on a light. I also use a Brace DW G 1000 digital w ireless - a really great, reasonably-
priced digital w ireless system that sadly isn't m ade any more. I play fingerstyle and slap: our son gs
incorporate a lot of tones from thick reggae to grinding rock, so I tend to change m y playing style
to get the right feel with the occasional bit of help from the bass's EQ. Our album,
Of Meathook Murphy,
is available for download from iTunes, stream ing from Spotify and from our
w ebsite w w w .sinisterflynn.com .
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