SPECTRUM ROAD (with Jack Bruce) - ROTTERDAM 2012

August 4, 2012 – 7:05 am

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Rotterdam 2012 [no label, 1CD]

Live at the North Sea Jazz Festival, Rotterdam, The Netherlands; July 6, 2012. Excellent webstream.

Programme notes:

A shared passion and admiration for the groundbreaking fusion of drummer Tony Williams (1945-1997) and his Lifetime projects is what brought this quartet of stars together. Spectrum Road consists of bassist Jack Bruce (co-founder of Cream, who also participated in Lifetime, together with guitarist John McLaughlin and keyboard player Larry Young and performed on the classic fusion album Turn It Over), guitarist Vernon Reid (front man of Living Colour), keyboard player John Medeski (Medeski, Martin & Wood) and top-of-the-line drummer Cindy Blackman-Santana (who has worked with Lenny Kravitz, Joe Henderson, Ron Carter, Bill Laswell and husband Carlos Santana).

The quartet debuted at the end of 2008 at the Blue Note Club in Tokyo. Following that performance, they played in New York, San Francisco and Seattle. In 2012, the band released its self-titled debut album.

The show was stream here.

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Tracks performed include Vuelta Abaja, Coming Back Home, Where, Wildlife and Politician (Cream).

Track 01. intro > tuning (5.3MB)
Track 02. Vuelta Abajo (11.8MB)
Track 03. There Comes A Time (16.2MB)
Track 04. Coming Back Home (10.7MB)
Track 05. Where (35.4MB)
Track 06. Wild Life > Politician (31.2MB)

Jack Bruce - bass, vocals
Cindy Blackman-Santana - drums, vocals
Vernon Reid - vocals, guitar
John Medeski - Hammond B3 organ, keyboards

Click here to order Spectrum Road’s debut album.

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  1. 12 Responses to “SPECTRUM ROAD (with Jack Bruce) - ROTTERDAM 2012”

  2. looking forward to giving this a good listen.
    I read a lot of books, especially a lot of bios, the Bio of Jack Bruce “Composing Myself” might very well be the best musical bio I have read.
    It is not your typical tell-all expose but rather a deep look into the man his music and what really piqued my interest was the technical bits that musicians love to know.

    By sluggo on Aug 4, 2012

  3. fabulous stuff! any jack bruce is welcomed with open arms…thank you so much, bigO

    By metaljohn333 on Aug 4, 2012

  4. looks great on paper! thanks big O.

    By Billy Jack on Aug 4, 2012

  5. hey bigo, i found the tracklist on guitar forum:

    01 Vuelta Abajo 10:15
    02 There Comes a Time 10:43
    03 Coming Back Home 6:06
    04 Where 24:10
    05 Wild Life 10:44
    06 Politician 6:08

    what i heard on amazon sounded good. i’ll get this.


    By Ed Saad on Aug 4, 2012

  6. This is a slightly more accurate setlist for the show available here

    1. intro > tuning 3:22
    2. Vuelta Abajo 7:24
    3. There comes a time 10:09
    4. Coming Back Home 6:40
    5. Where 22:09
    6. Wild Life > Politician 19:29

    By gpk on Aug 5, 2012

  7. Thanks to gpk and Ed for the setlist. Cheers.

    By bigozine2 on Aug 5, 2012

  8. loving jack bruce solo and with cream did not make this an easy listen for me. i didnt make it to the final track yet tho. that might be the only saving grace here. this show was definitely not my cup o’ tea. i sure hope other people here enjoyed it.
    jacks most recent cd is incredible btw. that milton keynes march show from the 2nd nite is superb. get it. thats the jack i love.

    By darth on Aug 5, 2012

  9. Hello,
    Once again a gem on your site. many thanks for sharing. Love Jack Bruce music and I had not heard about this new project. great that thanks to you I can have this show.
    Best regards from France

    By Robert on Aug 8, 2012

  10. I was there ,great show!!Maye a little bit loud for the “jazz”audience.I love it!

    By Arthur on Aug 11, 2012

  11. Arthur,
    Ginger Baker always claims Jack was trying to deafen him, did you notice anything like this between him and Cindy Blackman?

    By sluggo on Aug 12, 2012

  12. ‘Spectrum Road’ is giving the term ‘Supergroup’ a new dimension.
    Fresh, upfront and pure musicianship.

    Thank you, BigO

    By Divine Light Control on Oct 16, 2012

  13. Very cool!!! I had not heard about this supergroup til now. I’m just starting to listen and the first song is calling King Crimson to mind, which is a good thing in my book. This is definitely tailor-made for the prog-fusion heads like me.

    By Paul on Dec 9, 2013

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