Vernon Reid and Jack Bruce Form New Jazz-Rock Band, Spectrum Road

by Damian Fanelli
Posted May 9, 2012 at 11:55am

Living Colour guitarist Vernon Reid and Cream bassist have formed a new band, Spectrum Road, and their self-titled debut album will be released June 5.

The band also features keyboardist John Medeski of Medeski Martin and Wood (and Lee Ranaldo's band) and drummer Cindy Blackman Santana, wife of Carlos.

“[It’s] definitely a jazz-rock thing but it has a rock edge, because one of the architects of modern rock [Bruce] is in the band and he’s singing these tunes,” Reid recently told Rolling Stone.

“It’s kind of an odd combination of jazz-rock as we know it. John Medeski is such an odd keyboardist and so quirky, and one of the beautiful things is his use of the Mellotron on the record, because the Mellotron is not associated with jazz-rock and fusion to a large degree. It’s more associated with King Crimson, Yes and the Moody Blues. It gives the thing a different feel and sonic signature.”

Spectrum Road will perform at Bonnaroo on June 9, with more shows to follow. For more about the band, check out their new Facebook page.


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