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Debut Album by Spectrum Road, Featuring Vernon Reid and Jack Bruce, Expected June 5

As we reported in February, Living Colour guitarist Vernon Reid and Cream bassist Jack Bruce have started a new jazz-rock project called Spectrum Road.

The band, which also features keyboardist John Medeski of Medeski Martin and Wood and drummer Cindy Blackman Santana, wife of Carlos, have announced that their self-titled debut album will be released June 5.

“[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.”

Medeski is also featured on Between The Times and The Tides,the new solo album by Lee Ranaldo of Sonic Youth.

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

Photo: Jérôme Brunet

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Damian Fanelli
Damian Fanelli

Damian is Editor-in-Chief of Guitar World magazine. In past lives, he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor, and his non-Pulitzer-Prize-winning stories have appeared in Guitar Aficionado, Vintage Guitar, Total Guitar and countless other publications, including 13.7 metric tons of daily newspapers. He's written liner notes for major-label releases, including Stevie Ray Vaughan's 'The Complete Epic Recordings Collection' (Sony Legacy) and has interviewed everyone from Yngwie Malmsteen to Kevin Bacon (with a few memorable Eric Clapton and Ty Tabor chats thrown into the mix). Damian, a former member of Brooklyn's The Gas House Gorillas, was the sole guitarist in Mister Neutron, a trio that toured the U.S. and released three albums (one of which appears in the 2015 Disney film 'Tomorrowland' starring George Clooney and Britt Robertson). He's in two NYC-area bands and plays Teles with four-way switches, B-benders and semi-snazzy aftermarket pickups. He quotes Terry-Thomas twice daily.