Shades Of Joy

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Although based in San Francisco, California, the founders of this jazz rock unit were Texan émigrés. Leader Martin Fierro (horns, vocals) was a former member of the Sir Douglas Quintet and Mother Earth, while Millie Foster (vocals), Jackie King (San Antonio, Texas, USA; guitar, sitar), Jym Young (keyboards), Edward Adams (bass) and Jose Rodrigues (drums) were veterans of various avant garde and blues bands. The band’s albums were undeniably competent, but their dexterity was hampered by unexceptional material. Rodrigues was latterly replaced by George Rains who, with Jym Young, joined the Boz Scaggs Band when Shades Of Joy split up. Fierro meanwhile returned to the Sir Douglas fold. King established a career as an in-demand session player in the country and jazz fields, and recorded with Willie Nelson.

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