Didier Lockwood

Decades: 1990s 2000s


11 February 1956, Calais, France. Lockwood studied classical violin at the Conservatoire de Musique de Paris, but exposure to the blues of Johnny Winter and John Mayall persuaded him to cut short formal study in 1972 and form a jazz rock group with his brother, Francis. A three-year stint with Magma followed, but Lockwood was more excited by the improvising of Jean-Luc Ponty, whom he heard on Frank Zappa’s ‘King Kong’. He listened to other jazz violinists, particularly Zbigniew Seifert and the veteran Stéphane Grappelli. The latter quickly realised the talent in Lockwood and played with him whenever possible. During the late 70s Lockwood played and recorded with many major European and American artists including Tony Williams, Gordon Beck, John Etheridge, Daniel Humair and Michal Urbaniak. In 1981, Lockwood recorded Fusion, which typified the approach he was to follow in later years: a solid rock-based rhythm with plenty of soloing room for...

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