Isotope / Gary Boyle

Decades: 1970s 1990s 2000s


Led by former session guitarist Gary Boyle (24 November 1941, Patna, India), Isotope was a highly-regarded UK jazz rock band of the 70s. Boyle had previously played with Brian Auger, Keith Tippett, and Stomu Yamash’ta when he formed this progressive jazz rock fusion band in 1974 with Jeff Clyne (b. 29 January 1937, London, England; bass), Brian Miller (b. 28 April 1947, St. Neots, Cambridgeshire, England; keyboards) and Nigel Norris (b. 20 June 1948, Dalston, London, England; drums). They signed to the newly formed Gull label but after a US tour in 1974 Clyne and Miller returned to the orthodox jazz scene. They were replaced for the second album with ex-Soft Machine stalwart Hugh Hopper (bass) and Lawrence Scott (keyboards). Vocalist Zoe Kronberger appeared on the final album and guested on The Dancer (1977), the first of two solo albums made by Boyle for Gull after Isotope disbanded in 1976. Not to be confused with Isotope 217 from Chicago, USA.

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