Personalities | Cream | Sixties | Jazz & Blues

(Vocal/instrumental group, 1966–68)

In 1966, Eric Clapton (guitar) joined Jack Bruce (bass, vocals, harmonica) and Ginger Baker (drums) to form Cream, the first rock supergroup. These virtuosos fused blues, rock and jazz-like improvisation into a sound that became so popular it altered modern blues from a primarily vocal style into a music dominated by the electric guitar. Their albums Fresh Cream (1966), Disraeli Gears (1967) and Wheels Of Fire (1968) remain dramatic examples of modern blues reinterpretation.

Styles & Forms | Sixties | Jazz & Blues
Personalities | Jack DeJohnette | Sixties | Jazz & Blues

Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Jazz & Blues, founding editor Howard Mandel


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