He was in Denver the same night playing with Ringo Starr. The couple had two sons, Jonas — who died from respiratory problems in — and Malcolm. They split up in Four years later, Jack married Margrit Seyferr, and they had three children — daughters Natascha and Kyla and son Corin.
Malcolm is currently single, but has a grown-up daughter Maya from a previous relationship. Malcolm studied at Guildhall School of Music and has been performing professionally since he was He would point out certain things to each band member where he felt improvements could be made. There was a lot of dialog between Felix and the three of them.
Some of it was specific to the session, but it also included exposing them to the styles of different artists and sounds. I picked up my double bass and played the riff. Funny enough, I never liked it, although it makes a lot of sense, musically. In the long run, thank you, Eric! But in the short term, I must admit I was pretty miserable about it.
Jones [ keyboard player of Booker T. Their opinions really meant a lot to me. When we got to the Fillmore West, in San Francisco, the audience wanted us to stretch out. It became a kind of trademark for us, which, in a way, was a mixed blessing.
It was very difficult to do every time we played, and it took its toll. For us to have to do very long improvisations every night was expensive on our brains! The Wheels of Fire sessions in June were really productive and yielded a number of classic Cream songs. I had a definite idea about the feeling I wanted the song to have, and Pete came up with a set of lyrics. Together, we rewrote and rewrote until we had something we were both very happy with.
Because I had had some spurious journalistic training at college, I was able to pare my eight-page poem to a single page of lyrics. Jimi had a way of using chord changes and taking traditional ideas and modernizing them. He was a big fan of the band, and we certainly loved his music. I was always embarrassed about my acoustic guitar playing—especially having Eric Clapton in the band. But [ folk singer ] Richie Havens showed me this great opening tuning, and I wanted that guitar sound on the track.
When I had the music completed, I went to Pete. He had these words already written which fit right on top of what we had done.
It was perfect. Pete had given me the words, which had a great blues feel to them. Eric and I were jamming and trying to come up with a lick. There was no big writing session or anything like that. It came together quickly, and we performed it for the first time on that radio program. Did that affect the band negatively? Eric and Ginger were beginning to write some great stuff, but just not as fast. I would have preferred that management let us have a few months to work on new material, because that would have kept us moving forward.
I had also stopped drinking and taking drugs, which helped a great deal. Jack was bubbling over, full of new ideas. Once he and I had established a way of working, there was a wellspring of material that came quite quickly. Possibly it was due to chemistry, as Ginger was able to collaborate with Mike Taylor on a number of things, but we were never able to really connect. As engineer for most Cream sessions, Tom, did you notice tension in the band during the Wheels sessions?
Apart from my tape operator and a roadie or two, there was nobody else around. When the group came back to record Wheels of Fire , there was a whole different set of circumstances. I knew that there had been some animosity among the three players, but when we would listen to playbacks in the control room, there were times when I thought they were going to kill each other. BROWN I know there was some resentment from Eric and Ginger, but songs were needed and Jack and I were there with the songs— good songs, which have stood the test of time.
This happens to many drummers. Ginger and Jack had been professional jazz musicians, and I did poetry-and-jazz performances with guitarist John McLaughlin. We were all in love with jazz. Jack listened to a lot of Indian stuff as well, and — in some ways — Ginger was one of the first World Music artists. They were all very eclectic and incorporated very interesting ideas into what they were doing. After Cream imploded, Brown went on to lead his own bands. So I think it was inevitable that they would go their own ways and would explore these other things.
In some ways, the members of Cream all loved each other. None of them were ever rich again, except for Eric who became a superstar. But I had no place to live. Funnily enough, I had a poetry-and-music band then with John McLaughlin. Brown still receives songwriting royalties for his work with Cream, which has been featured on numerous compilation albums and reissued releases.
He chuckled as he contemplated the musical longevity of that very short-lived band. Probably the loudest concert I have ever attended. It had to have been about decibels inside! But I remember Deep Purple very clearly because Ritchie Blackmore humped his guitar, which was a little disturbing for my year-old self. I was bewildered about why the members of Cream stood so far apart from each other and never visually interacted.
I saw Hendrix the month before at Balboa Stadium. The concert was too freaking loud, even for my young ears. Jack Bruce was amazing.
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