Genres: Pop / Rock Urban
Decades: 2000s


Initially conceived as a vocal and instrument free-jazz ensemble, this product of the South London Oval Arts Lab was brought together in 1971 by vocalist Maggie Nicols and Harry Vince (trumpet) and also comprised Brian Eley (22 June 1952, Hackney, London, England; vocals), Dave Mitchell (tenor saxophone), Chris Francis (alto saxophone, congas), Frank Roberts (electric piano), Georg Jensen (bass), David Nash (drums) and Mike Cousins (trombone). After performing on the London jazz circuit to critical acclaim, this extremely weighty line-up collapsed and folded in 1972. Three years later the band name re-emerged for the purposes of an appearance at the Polish Jazz Festival, only this time stripped down to an a cappella quartet comprising Nicols and Eley plus the introduction of Julie Tippetts (a former comrade of Nicols in Keith Tippett’s Ark) and singer Phil Minton (b. 2 November 1940, Torquay, Devon, England; ex-Mike Westbrook).


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