Lot 2
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[Jack Bruce]--Graham Bond

700 - 900 GBP
813 GBP
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  • Autograph manuscript poem entitled "Yak La Bruze"
  • Paper
written by Bond for and about Jack Bruce ("Yak la Bruze | Waz alwaz tidee | Alwayz spruz ... Played bass with Catz | Until got cool | to show the world he was no fool"), 19 lines, in pencil on a single half sheet of lined paper (202 x 127mm.), some notes and sums in purple ballpoint on the verso, mid-1960s, marginal fraying, sheet slightly browned, one tear diagonally across centre (repaired with yellow tape on verso) and one small hole to lower left of sheet


Harry Shapiro, Jack Bruce Composing Himself (2010), p.68

Catalogue Note

Jack Bruce and Graham Bond (1937- 1974) first played together as members of Alexis Korner's Blues Incorporated. By 1963, Bond had formed a new band with Jack and Ginger Baker, and soon recruited guitarist John McLaughlin to complete the line up of The Graham Bond Organisation. McLaughlin was later replaced by another former Blues Incorporated member, saxophonist Dick Heckstall-Smith, and the band began to tour relentlessly, playing 380 gigs in less than 16 months. It was during this period when Jack first began to favour the electric bass over the double bass.

Speaking of Graham much later, Bruce observed: "I have worked with musicians, just a few, who had a certain power...Graham certainly had this. You are like a tube, the music is not coming from you, but through you".