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Fact #116969


Short story:

Hyde Park in London, UK, is the venue for an open-air concert starring King Crimson, Jack Bruce, Third Ear Band and Formerly Fat Harry.

Full article:

Roy Carr (reviewer, NME) : After the confusion that reigned at Weeley (a recent UK rock festival), it has become quite apparent that you don't need every band that lives, breathes and plugs in to stage a large yet still highly enjoyable event. Last Saturday's freebee in Hyde Park, once again, demonstrated that all that is required is a couple of top contrasting attractions, the same quota of supporting artists and an experienced stage crew to provide at least six hours of relaxed music in open air.

The combination of this all-important chemistry was responsible for both King Crimson and Jack Bruce's Band presenting extremely enjoyable sets before an appreciative crowd. Thankfully, there were no obvious hang-ups and each band was able to perform in a convivial atmosphere . . . . . Even though he included a re-work of an old Cream song for old-time sake, Jack Bruce to his credit has managed to shake off most of his past associations, to concentrate on his new career.

Looking extremely happy and with Graham Bond, John Marshall and Chris Spedding for musical company, Bruce maintained the stature he has built up over nearly a decade on the international scene. His first offering was a hard rockin' original called "You Burned The Tables On Me" and while he demonstrated that he was indeed in fine voice, he thundered out a strong bass riff while Graham Bond played some rolling and very rocky interjections at the piano. A number in 7/4, "Smiles And Grins" followed which had Spedding knocking out some nice quotes while John Marshall maintained the time signature with apparent ease at the drums. In complete contrast, a rather doomy interpretation of Carla Bley's "Detective Writer's Daughter" lasted for some time and included a cross-pattern of improvised contributions from Bond on alto, Spedding and Bruce.

Among the other numbers that followed tenor saxist Art Themen swelled the band to a quintet during an excellent old Eddie Boyd blues standard. Obviously well satisfied with his set and the crowd's appreciation, Bruce thanked everyone for attending and we all trundled off home.