'Cream of the Crop' was written to reflect Jack Bruce’s compositions and pioneering bass work with legendary rock trio Cream. It contains many stylistic elements that were common to his playing, such as pentatonic and blues scale-based riffs and fills, the use of ‘contrary motion’ and chord inversions to create more interesting lines, the use of string bending, and an overall improvisational approach that allows the bassline to develop throughout the song.

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