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I hate the term "best" in any category of human endeavor, because it isn't a contest as far as I am concerned. That said, since my early teens I have loved his playing, and his contributions to the bands that he has been a part of as well as his solo work, and I believe he was an absolutely brilliant and original musician.
His voice and his music will always be a part of my life, and I am grateful to have seen him perform.
Their Cream Reunion from RA Hall is just freakin great, and Jack Bruce's voice was still strong then thank goodness. I have watched that DVD many times, and each time I realize more just how effective a vocalist he was and how he did all the little things right (i.e. he holds his notes out, he's always spot on intonation-wise, etc.). And bass-wise, like a good drummer, he just disappears into the music, allowing everything to just gel unlike some more show off types. I think people forgot how good he really was.
Of all his great music, I return most frequently to "Cities of the Heart", his 50th birthday "celebration" live double CD. A wonderful performance that perfectly balances his jazz and rock sensibilities. I can't think of anyone in R&R with Jack Bruce's classicism and refinement except perhaps John Cale.
Hi Chayro ..... All my prayers are with you and your family. Hopefully, your wife, my dad, and Jack Bruce will all continue to shine down upon us ! My dad, who passed away in 2011 and was a D-Day hero (Omaha Beach, 29th. division) always loved Clapton, Bruce, and Baker. If he and your wife meet in heaven, he'll definitely let her know about Jack.