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Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s

Biography

This ambitious, multi-instrumentalist jazz rock ensemble made its recording debut in 1970. Leader Dick Morrissey (9 May 1940, Horley, Surrey, England, d. 8 November 2000, England; saxophones, flute) was already a well-established figure in UK jazz circles, having led a quartet that included Phil Seamen and Harry South. Having flirted with pop and rock through an association with the Animals and Georgie Fame, Morrissey formed this new venture with guitarist Terry Smith (b. 20 May 1943, London, England), J.W. Hodgkinson (b. Leigh, Lancashire, England; vocals), Dave Quincy (b. 13 September 1939; alto saxophone), John Mealing (b. 5 April 1942, Yeovil, Somerset, England; keyboards, vocals), Jim Richardson (b. 16 February 1941, England; bass) and Dennis Elliott (b. 18 August 1950, Peckham, London, England; drums) completing the initial line-up. They recorded four powerful, if commercially moribund, albums before internal pressures undermined progress. Mealing, Richardson...

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