Alan Gowen

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Decades: 1980s 1990s


19 August 1947, London, England, d. 17 May 1981, London, England. Gowen began his professional career playing keyboards in rock and post-bop jazz groups where his musical colleagues included Roger Odell and Phil Miller. At the start of the 70s he joined Assagai, this band spinning off from the Afro-rock group Osibisa. When Assagai folded, Gowen and the band’s percussionist, Jamie Muir, and bass player Laurie Baker formed Sunship in which guitarist Allan Holdsworth also played for a while. Sunship was short-lived and Gowen then played in three bands for which he was a driving and organizing force: Gilgamesh, National Health and Soft Heap. Among the musicians who were involved in early versions of Gilgamesh were drummer Mike Travis, guitarists Phil Lee and Rick Morcombe, bass players Jeff Clyne and Neil Murray, and saxophonist Alan Wakeman. Experimental gigs with Gilgamesh and Hatfield And The North, playing arrangements by Gowen, led to the formation of...

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