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Steely Dan

Steely Dan is an American jazz rock band which formed in 1972. The band was formed by Donald Fagen (vocals, keyboards) a...

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{"key":"15471","name":"Steely Dan","bio":"Steely Dan is an American jazz rock band which formed in 1972. The band was formed by Donald Fagen (vocals, keyboards) and Walter Becker (guitar, bass), who met in 1967 while both attended Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, and began a songwriting partnership shortly thereafter.Their music is characterized by dark, witty lyrical narratives, obscure lyrical allusions and complex, jazz-influenced instrumentation and chord sequences, overlying more ordinary popular song structures. Their fastidious standards in the studio and use of world-class sessions players has also been a hallmark of their work. For this, special credit should be given to their long-time producer Gary Katz and engineer Roger Nichols. The band was originally a six-piece consisting of Fagen, Becker, David Palmer (vocals), Jeff \"Skunk\" Baxter (guitar), Denny Dias (guitar) and Jim Hodder (drums), but by 1975, only Fagen and Becker remained.The band's history can be divided into three stages. In its original conception, the group was a relatively conventional rock band that toured from 1972 to 1974, releasing the singles-chart successes, 'Do It Again', 'Reelin' in the Years', 'My Old School' and 'Rikki Don't Lose That Number'. The group's name was derived from a series of dildos in the 1959 novel, 'Naked Lunch' by the avant-garde writer, William S. Burroughs; the phrase first used in the lyrics of an early, pre-Steely Dan Fagen\/Becker song, Soul Ram.In its second stage (1975 - 1980) the group, now consisting solely of Fagen and Becker, became a purely studio-based act, their album releases showing a growing obsession with polished production values, and whose output became increasingly jazz-orientated, culminating in the highly successful 'Aja' (1977) and 'Gaucho' (1980). The two split in 1981 following a tumultuous recording process for the latter album, and personal problems for both members.In the Eighties, Fagen released his seminal debut album, 'The Nightfly', and took time away from the music industry, whilst Becker, after recovering from drug dependence, was in frequent work as a producer.The third stage came when Fagen and Becker reunited in 1993, followed by a world tour (their first touring dates in 20 years). In 2000, the Grammy-award-winning 'Two Against Nature' was released to critical and surprising commercial success. Its successor followed swiftly, 'Everything Must Go' being released in 2003. The two albums show a more relaxed attitude to production, less morbid lyrical themes and an upbeat jazz pop sound, but with the characteristic wit and musical complexity of their 20th century work remaining. Fagen and Becker continue to tour as Steely Dan and release albums independently. \u2013Steely Dan's homepageWikipedia article","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/15471_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"200,000 - 350,000"}

Carlos Santana

Carlos Santana (born as Carlos Augusto Santana Alves on 20 July 1947 - Autlán de Navarro, Jalisco, México) is a Mexica...

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{"key":"17372","name":"Carlos Santana","bio":"Carlos Santana (born as Carlos Augusto Santana Alves on 20 July 1947 - Autl\u00e1n de Navarro, Jalisco, M\u00e9xico) is a Mexican-born American rock guitarist. Santana became famous in the late 1960s and early 1970s with his band, Santana, which pioneered rock, salsa and jazz fusion. The band's sound featured his melodic, blues-based guitar lines set against Latin and African rhythms. Santana continued to work in these forms over the following decades. He experienced a resurgence of popularity and critical acclaim in the late 1990s. In 2003, Rolling Stone magazine listed Santana at number 15 on their list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time. He has won 10 Grammy Awards and 3 Latin Grammy Awards.Santana has was an avenue named after him as well as a statue of a guitar in the city where he was born (born in Autl\u00e1n de Navarro, Jalisco, M\u00e9xico) to honour him. The family moved from there to Tijuana In La Calonia Libertad, the city on Mexico's border with California, and then San Francisco, USA. Carlos stayed in Tijuana but joined his family in San Francisco later and graduated from James Lick Middle School and Mission High School there. Most of his musical career has been spent with Santana, the band he formed in San Francisco in 1967. His music underwent large changes in 1973 when he was introduced to the spiritual leader Sri Chinmoy, by fellow guitarist \"Mahavishnu\" John McLaughlin. After this he adopted the title \"Devadip\" which he still uses. In 1998 he formed the Milagro Foundation along with his wife Deborah, which supports disadvantaged children. Later Carlos and Deborah divorced, but the Milagro Foundation is still alive and well.Other huge influences of Carlos Santana are both Miles Davis (with whom he maintained a big personal connection), and John Coltrane, who unfortunately passed away in 1967.","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/17372_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"500,000 - 1,000,000"}

Robert Wyatt

Robert Wyatt, born Robert Ellidge, in Bristol, UK on 28 January 1945, is an English musician, and a former member of the...

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{"key":"16429","name":"Robert Wyatt","bio":"Robert Wyatt, born Robert Ellidge, in Bristol, UK on 28 January 1945, is an English musician, and a former member of the influential Canterbury scene band Soft Machine.As a teenager, he lived with his parents in a fourteen-room Georgian guest-house, Wellington House, in Lydden near Canterbury. Here he was taught the drums by visiting American jazz drummer George Niedorf.In 1962, Wyatt and Niedorf moved to Majorca where they stayed with the poet Robert Graves. The following year, Wyatt returned to England and joined the Daevid Allen Trio with Daevid Allen and Hugh Hopper. Allen subsequently left for France, and Wyatt and Hopper formed the Wilde Flowers with Richard Sinclair, Kevin Ayers and Brian Hopper. Wyatt was initially the drummer in the Wilde Flowers, but following the departure of Ayers, he became lead singer.In 1966, the Wilde Flowers disintegrated, and Wyatt and Mike Ratledge formed the Soft Machine with Ayers and Allen. Here Wyatt both drummed and sang, an unusual combination for a stage rock band.In 1970, after chaotic touring, three albums and increasing internal conflicts in Soft Machine, Wyatt released his first solo album, The End of an Ear, which combined his vocal and multi-instrumental talents with tape effects.A year later, Wyatt left Soft Machine and formed his own band Matching Mole (a pun on \"machine molle\", the French for Soft Machine), a largely instrumental outfit. After two albums and a split, Matching Mole were about to embark on a third record when, on 1 June 1973, during a drunken party, Wyatt fell from a third floor window. He was subsequently paralysed from the waist down (paraplegia) and confined to a wheelchair.The injury led Wyatt to abandon the Matching Mole project, and his drumming. He promptly embarked on a solo-career, and with a collective of session musicians (including Mike Oldfield, the poet Ivor Cutler and Henry Cow guitarist Fred Frith), he released his acclaimed solo album Rock Bottom. Later that same year he put out a single, a cover version of \"I'm a Believer\", which hit number 29 in the UK chart. There were strong arguments with the producer of Top of the Pops surrounding his performance of \"I'm a Believer,\" on the grounds that his wheelchair-bound appearance 'was not suitable for family viewing', the producer wanting Wyatt to appear on a normal chair. Wyatt won the day and 'lost his rag but not the wheel chair', but gave a performance that could be described as disgruntled.Wyatt's next album, Ruth Is Stranger Than Richard, was more jazz-led, with free jazz influences and nods to African music. These solo recordings were all produced by Nick Mason of Pink Floyd.Throughout the rest of the 1970s, Wyatt guested with various acts, working with the likes of Henry Cow (documented on their Henry Cow Concerts album), Hatfield and the North, Carla Bley and Michael Mantler. His solo work during the early 1980s was increasingly politicised, and Wyatt became an outspoken member and supporter of the British Communist Party. In 1983, his interpretation of Elvis Costello's anti-Falklands War song \"Shipbuilding\", the last in a series of political cover-versions (collected as Nothing Can Stop Us), reached number 35 in the UK singles chart. In the late 1980s, after collaborations with other ex-Canterbury acts such as News from Babel, he and his wife Alfreda Benge spent a sabbatical in Spain, before returning in 1991 with a comeback album Dondestan, considered by many to be his best work since Rock Bottom. His 1997 album Shleep was also highly acclaimed.An uncredited Wyatt contributed the haunting \"Masters of the Field\", as well as \"The Highest Gander\", \"La For\u00eat Rouge\" and \"Hors Champ\" to the soundtrack of the acclaimed 2001 film Winged Migration. He can be seen in the DVD's Special Features section, and is praised by the film's composer Bruno Coulais as being a big influence in his younger days.In 2001, Wyatt was curator of the Meltdown festival, and in 2003 he put out his album Cuckooland.In 2004, Wyatt collaborated with Bj\u00f6rk on the song \"Submarine\" which was released on her fifth album Med\u00falla.In October 2007 he released Comicopera, a 16-track album, his first for the Domino label.It was produced by Wyatt himself, and recorded at his home in Louth as well as Phil Manzanera's Gallery Studio.Comicopera is divided into three acts - 'Lost in Noise', 'The Here and The Now', and 'Away with the Fairies'. Featured musicians include previous collaborators Brian Eno, Paul Weller and Phil Manzanera. Wyatt said he was keen to capture the sound of a group of musicians playing in the room together, but more importantly to have friends playing together. \"Music isn't just an abstract pleasure, it is a company, when you play a record. Why I like Duke Ellington and Charles Mingus, the big bands - is because every character in the band is identifiable as that person - there's this group of humans in a room\". \"He lives in Louth, Lincolnshire and he has equipment in his bedroom where he records himself and his albums. We brought a G4 and Pro Tools and recorded it in like one afternoon. He's such an extraordinary singer. Before he left, he insisted to give us a scale of his voice, where he sings all the tones \u2013 and he has the most amazing range, like 5 or 6 octaves. What's really interesting about his range is that each octave is of a totally different character. We actually ended up using that later for 'Oceania', we used what he calls the 'Wyattron'.\" \u2014 Bj\u00f6rk, XFM 25 August 2004","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/16429_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}

Donald Fagen

Donald Jay Fagen (born January 10, 1948) is an American musician and songwriter, best known as the co-founder, lead sing...

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{"key":"16306","name":"Donald Fagen","bio":"Donald Jay Fagen (born January 10, 1948) is an American musician and songwriter, best known as the co-founder, lead singer, and the principal songwriter (along with partner Walter Becker) of Steely Dan. Fagen is known for his use of complex jazz harmonies, elaborate arrangements, and exacting attention to detail and launched his successful, if sporadic solo career in 1982.Fagen penned a group of songs based on his experiences as a young man in 1950's America, and the resulting album, The Nightfly, was released in 1982, and is one of the first albums to be recorded entirely digitally. The album has been certified platinum by the RIAA. After a quiet time musically (he is reported to have suffered from writers block) for the rest of the 80s he returned in 1993 with Kamakiriad, which is a conceptual album based on a car journey. The album was produced by Walter Becker and represented the first collaboration between the two since Gaucho.This collaboration reignited Steely Dan and they released two more albums, the Grammy award winning \"Two Against Nature\" in 2000, and \"Everything Must Go\" in 2003.In 2006, Fagen released his third solo album Morph the Cat, which is partly based on old age and death, and was well received by fans.","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/16306_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}

Voo Voo

Voo Voo is a Polish band formed in 1985. Their music is a combination of rock, folk, jazz, improvisational and some othe...

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{"key":"17390","name":"Voo Voo","bio":"Voo Voo is a Polish band formed in 1985. Their music is a combination of rock, folk, jazz, improvisational and some other genres. The name comes from the leader initials utterred in Polish and spelled English way. Wojciech Waglewski is a Voo Voo founder and the only person remaining in a group until now since its beginning. The first vinyl album \"VOO VOO\" was hailed in Poland as one of the most important records in the musically groundbreaking decade of the 1980's. It conveyed simple sound and quite abstract as well as intimate lyrics. Early in the group career their fans had a chance to own a live recording released in 1987 on vinyl as \"KONCERT\". The second conceptual \"longplay\" was entitled \"SNO-POWI\u0104ZA\u0141KA\" and became a true jewel in Polish alternative music songwriting and rock. Decidedly poetic, almost philosophical, yet appealing to the mature and the young. In the late 80's the band has been winning more and more followers originating from different generations. They got involved with charity action called Wielka Orkiestra \u015awi\u0105tecznej Pomocy. Waglewski composed for theatre, ballet, film and television. Voo Voo has been consistently touring and recording albums for over 20 years now. The band is an icon of Polish rock music and still attracts audiences with their professional stage appearances and a very sincere attitudes. They basically rock ! Band members:\u2022\tWojciech Waglewski \u2013 guitar, main vocals, lyrics. Founder and leader of the band, the name of the band came from his initials. Father of Bartosz Waglewski and Piotr Waglewski, better known as Fisz and Emade.\u2022\tMateusz Pospieszalski \u2013 saxophone, vocals, accordion, flute, keyboard instruments\u2022\tKarim Martusewicz \u2013 double bass, bass guitarFormer members (abstract):\u2022\tAndrzej Nowicki \u2013 bass guitar, harmonica\u2022\tMilo Kurtis \u2013 percussion, jew\u2019s harp\u2022\tWojciech Morawski \u2013 drums\u2022\tJan Pospieszalski \u2013 bass guitar\u2022\tAndrzej Ryszka - percussion\u2022\tPiotr \u201cStopa\u201d \u017by\u017celewicz \u2013 percussion, whistleHe played in Polish punk band Armia","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/17390_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}

Blood, Sweat & Tears

Founder Al Kooper conceived Blood, Sweat and Tears as an experiment in expanding the size and scope of the rock band wit...

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{"key":"16395","name":"Blood, Sweat & Tears","bio":"Founder Al Kooper conceived Blood, Sweat and Tears as an experiment in expanding the size and scope of the rock band with touches of jazz , blues , classical , and folk music. When Kooper was forced out of the band soon after its eclectic debut, Child Is Father to the Man, BS&T became increasingly identified as a \"jazz-rock\" group, although its music was essentially easy-listening rhythm and blues or rock with the addition of brass.Kooper formed BS&T after leaving the Blues Project in 1967. The nucleus of the original band was Steve Katz, also of the Blues Project; Jim Fielder, who had played with the Mothers of Invention and Buffalo Springfield; and Bobby Colomby, who had drummed behind folksingers Odetta and Eric Andersen. The horn players were recruited from New York jazz and studio bands. Child Is Father featured songs by Harry Nilsson, Tim Buckley, Randy Newman, Gerry Goffin, and Carole King, along with Kooper originals and arrangements by Fred Lipsius for brass, strings, and studio effects. The band nearly broke up when Kooper, Randy Brecker, and Jerry Weiss left (Brecker to join the Thad Jones\u2013Mel Lewis Band). Regrouping under Katz and Colomby, and fronted by David Clayton-Thomas (who had sung with a Canadian blues band, The Bossmen), BS&T entered a period of immense popularity. Blood, Sweat & Tears featured arrangements of music by French composer Erik Satie and jazz singer Billie Holiday, as well as by Laura Nyro, Steve Winwood, and others. It was the #1 album for seven weeks in 1969, sold over 3 million copies, and spawned three gold singles: \u201cYou\u2019ve Made Me So Very Happy,\u201d \u201cSpinning Wheel,\u201d and \u201cAnd When I Die,\u201d each of which hit #2.In 1970 the U.S. State Department sent the band on a goodwill tour of Yugoslavia, Romania, and Poland. Blood, Sweat & Tears 3 duplicated the Blood, Sweat & Tears mix of styles and was almost as popular. The album went to #1, and two singles, \u201cHi-De-Ho\u201d and \u201cLucretia MacEvil,\u201d hit the Top 30. But interest in the group began to wane, and 4, which contained almost all original material, barely made the Top 10. In 1971 \u201cGo Down Gamblin\u2019\u201d was its last hit. By the time Clayton-Thomas left for a solo career in 1972, BS&T\u2019s place on the charts had been filled by similarly styled bands such as Chicago, Chase, and Ides of March. Katz left the next year, first to join the short-lived American Flyer and then to an A&R position at Mercury Records.BS&T became regulars in Las Vegas, with ever-changing personnel recruited largely from big bands like Maynard Ferguson\u2019s, Woody Herman\u2019s, and Doc Severinsen\u2019s. Vocalist Jerry LaCroix appeared between his tenures with Edgar Winter\u2019s White Trash and Rare Earth, while guitarist Mike Stern later played with Miles Davis\u2019 early-\u201980s band. Clayton-Thomas\u2019 return in 1974 briefly boosted BS&T\u2019s popularity, but Columbia dropped the group, and Colomby, the last original member, left in 1976. He continued to influence BS&T as producer of Brand New Day and, with Clayton-Thomas, as co-owner of the band\u2019s name and catalogue. He then moved on to a career in A&R for several labels, as well as TV reporting. Since 1975 the live act has been billed as Blood, Sweat and Tears Featuring David Clayton-Thomas.from The Rolling Stone Encyclopedia of Rock & Roll (Simon & Schuster, 2001)http:\/\/www.rollingstone.com\/artists\/bloodsweatandtears\/biography","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/16395_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}

Return to Forever

Return to Forever was the name of a jazz fusion band founded and led by keyboardist Chick Corea. The band cycled through...

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{"key":"15495","name":"Return to Forever","bio":"Return to Forever was the name of a jazz fusion band founded and led by keyboardist Chick Corea. The band cycled through many members, but the only consistent band mate of Corea's was bassist Stanley Clarke. Along with Weather Report and Mahavishnu Orchestra, these bands are often seen as the core of jazz fusion music in the 1970s. Several musicians, including Clarke, Flora Purim, Airto Moreira and Al Di Meola first became well-known through their performances on Return to Forever's albums.After playing on Miles Davis' albums In a Silent Way and Bitches Brew, Corea formed an avant-garde jazz band called Circle with Dave Holland, Anthony Braxton and Barry Altschul. However in 1972, after becoming a disciple of Scientology, Corea decided that he wanted to \"communicate\" with the audience. This essentially meant that he wanted to make more commercial music, since avant-garde jazz had a relatively small audience.The first line-up (1972 - 1973)The first Return to Forever band played latin-oriented music. The initial band consisted of singer (and occasional percussionist) Flora Purim, her husband Airto Moreira on drums and other percussion, Corea's longtime musical co-worker Joe Farrell on saxophone and flute, and the young bassist Stanley Clarke, who became the only constant member of the band apart from Corea. Especially in this first line-up, Clarke played double bass in addition to electric bass. Corea's electric piano was the leading instrument in this group's sound, but Clarke and Farrell were also given plenty of solo space. Purim's vocal gave some commercial appeal for their music, but many compositions were instrumental and more or less experimental in their nature. The music was composed by Corea with the exception of the title track of the second album which was written by Stanley Clarke. Lyrics were often written by Corea's friend Neville Porter, and were often related to scientology, though this is not necessarily easy to recognize for outsiders. Clarke was involved in Scientology through Corea, but left the cult in the early 1980s.The first album, named simply Return to Forever, was cut for ECM Records in 1972 and was initially released only in Europe. This album featured Corea's famous compositions Crystal Silence and La Fiesta. Shortly afterwards, Corea, Airto, Clarke and Tony Williams formed the band for Stan Getz's album Captain Marvel (1972), which featured Corea's compositions including some from the first and second Return to Forever albums. The second album, Light as a Feather (1973), was released by Polydor and included the famous song, Spain.The jazz-rock era (1973 - 1976)After the second album, Purim and Moreira left the group in order to set up their own band. Farrell also left, and guitarist Bill Connors, drummer Steve Gadd and percussionist Mingo Lewis were taken on. However, Gadd was not willing to go touring and leave his job as a hard working studio drummer. Lenny White (who had played with Corea in Miles Davis's band) replaced Gadd and Lewis, and the group's third album, Hymn of the Seventh Galaxy (1973), was rerecorded. The first recording featuring Gadd was never released and is said to be missing.The nature of the group's music had now completely changed to \"jazz-rock\", similar to what The Mahavishnu Orchestra and some progressive rock bands were doing at the same time. The music was still relatively melodic, relying on strong themes, but traditional jazz feel was almost completely gone. Distorted guitar had become prominent in the band's new sound, and Clarke played mostly electric bass. A new singer had not been hired, and all the songs were now instrumentals. This however, did not lead to a decrease in band's commercial potential - Return to Forever's jazz-rock albums always found their way to US pop album charts.The second jazz-rock album, Where Have I Known You Before, (1974) was similar in style to the previous album, but Corea played synthesizers in addition to electric piano, and Clarke had developed his famous electric bass sound and style. Since Bill Connors had wanted to concentrate on his solo career, the group had also hired a new guitarist. Earl Klugh played guitar on some group's live performances but he was soon replaced by the 19 year old guitar wizard Al Di Meola, who played guitar on the album.The next album, No Mystery (1975), was made with the same line-up as its predecessor, but the style of music was more varied. The first side of the record consisted mostly of jazz-funk, while the second side featured Corea's acoustic title track and a long composition that borrowed partly from Spanish music. On this and the following album, each member of the group composed at least one of the tracks. No Mystery won the Grammy Award for Best Jazz Performance by a Group.The last album by the most long-lasting lineup of Return to Forever was Romantic Warrior (1976). By this time the group had left Polydor for Columbia Records. The album became the best selling of all Return to Forever albums, eventually reaching gold disc status. This album continued experiments in the realm of jazz-rock and related genres, and is also famous for its technically demanding playing.The last album (1977)The final version of Return to Forever featured a four piece horn section and Corea's wife Gayle singing vocals, and recorded just one studio album, Musicmagic (1977). The music had returned closer to the gentle feel of the music of the first line-up. However, instead of strong Latin influences, the last album features bombastic arrangements for horn section and synthesizers. Compositions remained relatively complex.In 1983 the White\/Di Meola line up returned briefly on the stage, but did not record a new album, only one track issued on Corea's Touchstone album entitled \"Compadres\".Again in 2008, the classic lineup of Corea, Di Meola, Clarke, and White reunited for a reunion tour of the United States. The band's official Web site announced after the tour's completion that a concert DVD was forthcoming. In conjunction with the tour, the band released \"The Anthology,\" a two-CD set collecting remastered versions of most of the band's songs from the four albums recorded with the Corea\/Di Meola\/Clarke\/White lineup.","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/15495_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}

Tony MacAlpine

Tony MacAlpine (born August 29, 1960 in Springfield, Massachusetts) is a guitar and keyboard virtuoso who came on to the...

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{"key":"24526","name":"Tony MacAlpine","bio":"Tony MacAlpine (born August 29, 1960 in Springfield, Massachusetts) is a guitar and keyboard virtuoso who came on to the neo classical\/shred scene in the mid 80s. He later experimented with jazz rock fusion and combined it with his classical training, as can be heard on Chromaticity (2001). He has released many solo albums in his career. Some of his other projects include CAB, Planet X, Steve Vai and Ring of Fire.","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/24526_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}

Roller Trio

Roller Trio are James Mainwairing (tenor sax and electronics), Luke Wynter (guitar) and Luke Reddin-Williams (drums). St...

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{"key":"169573","name":"Roller Trio","bio":"Roller Trio are James Mainwairing (tenor sax and electronics), Luke Wynter (guitar) and Luke Reddin-Williams (drums). Still in their early \u201920s, they met whilst studying at Leeds College of Music.Their 2012 eponymous debut album Roller Trio was nominated for the Mercury Music Prize 2012. The trio were also included on the best jazz act award shortlist at the MOBO awards 2012.http:\/\/rollertrio.com","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/169573_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}

Brand X

Brand X was one of the most prominent British bands working in the genre of jazz fusion in the 70s. The band continues t...

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{"key":"15506","name":"Brand X","bio":"Brand X was one of the most prominent British bands working in the genre of jazz fusion in the 70s. The band continues to this day.Original members were Percy Jones (bass), Robin Lumley (keys), John Goodsall (guitar), and Phil Collins (drums). Further recordings featured a wide variety of different members replacing at times every single core member; these have included , John Giblin (bass), Mike Clarke (drums), Kenwood Dennard (drums), Chuck Burgi (drums), Morris Pert (percussion), Preston Heyman (percussion), Peter Robinson (keys), Frank Katz (drums).","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/15506_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}

Urma

Urma began as a simple journey, one day in the year of 2003. It pretty much resembles a road-novel. Between destinations...

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{"key":"17363","name":"Urma","bio":"Urma began as a simple journey, one day in the year of 2003. It pretty much resembles a road-novel. Between destinations and among thousands of miles, it took the time to throw unique live performances, compose and record for the three albums it has released until now. -December 2004 \u2013 \u201cNomad Rhymes\u201d -October 2005 \u2013 \u201cAnger as a Gift\u201d -December 2007 \u2013 \u201cTrend Off\u201d. The band's third album, 'Trend Off', was released on the 10th of December 2007, exactly three years after their first album, \u201cNomad Rhymes\u201d. This time the team enlarged, as eleven musicians put their hard work into making the music for the album. It was long awaited and very well received by the public. 2009 brings the band back on track for some new events and album planning. The first live appearance of Sorin Erhan, Dominic Csergo and Mani Gutau as Urma band members for this year takes place in Budapest, on the 10th of April, after almost three years since their last one. A set of further surprise live events will take place as a preview of the new album soon to be released this year, \u201cLost End Found\u201d. No boundaries, maybe that\u2019s what best defines Urma at the moment. Whether it\u2019s 3 or 12 musicians, a hometown or an international city, music happens this year.","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/17363_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}

Frank Gambale

FRANK GAMBALEA Short BioGrammy winning guitar virtuoso, Frank Gambale, exploded on the L.A. scene in the early ‘80’s...

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{"key":"15514","name":"Frank Gambale","bio":"FRANK GAMBALEA Short BioGrammy winning guitar virtuoso, Frank Gambale, exploded on the L.A. scene in the early \u201880\u2019s. His meteoric rise to fame is a testament to his passion powered playing \u2013 a style \u201cRolling Stone Magazine\u201d calls \u201cferocious\u201d!Gambale is the undisputed genius who originated the sweep picking technique and elevated it to a precise art form now standard in the guitar lexicon. The \u201cGambale Sweep Picking Technique\u201d continues to inspire generations of musicians. Jazz, rock, metal and progressive artists alike are united in their awe of Frank as both an amazing technician and an unsurpassed musician.As jazz legend Chick Corea, describes Frank: \u201cEverything you touch with your guitar turns gold \u2013 always has.\u201d While John McLaughlin\u2019s tongue-in-cheek response to his finesse is \u201cI\u2019d like to cut his hands off.\u201d A musician\u2019s musician, gifted composer, brilliant innovator and author of numerous instructional books and DVDs, Frank continues to reach unprecedented sonic and technical heights. His six string prowess and seemingly limitless vision point towards an exciting future of ground breaking music. Early YearsFrank Gambale was born into a family of talented musicians in his native Canberra, Australia. He quickly absorbed the pantheon of \u201860\u2019s and \u201870\u2019s rock guitar greats.As a teen, Frank\u2019s musical horizons expanded with the influence of jazz and vocal based music under the generous tutelage of a local import record shop owner. This led to nearly two full years of concentration on piano before digging back into guitar with renewed zeal.In these formative years, Frank\u2019s musical foundations became firmly rooted in three concepts:-Sweep picking as the means to melodically play notes previously only possible on keyboard or saxophone-Continual study to deepen his knowledge and the ability to musically play through any chord changes-A desire to share his discoveries with other students and musiciansIt was a leap of faith for Frank to leave for Los Angeles, to be in the middle of \u201cwhere all the music I loved was being made,\u201d and set off to the Guitar Institute of Technology in the early \u201880\u2019s. Frank Gambale \u2013 A Short Bio\t\t\t\t\t\t\t2.\t\t\t\t\t\tMeteoric RiseFrank\u2019s shining prowess and dedication to practice garnered him \u201cStudent of the Year\u201d upon graduation from GIT, landing him a four year teaching gig. His widening reputation led to an invitation by jazz legend Chick Corea to join his groundbreaking \u201cElektric Band.\u201d By the early \u201890\u2019s, Frank had produced 8 critically acclaimed solo records, charting both in the U.S. and Japan, concurrently enjoying a rich collaboration with Chick Corea resulting in 5 additional albums, 1 grammy win and 2 grammy nominations. In addition, Frank sealed publishing deals for his first major instructional books and was granted a major endorsement by Ibanez to create Frank Gambale signature guitars. Fresh faced Gambale graced the cover of \u201cGuitar Player\u201d in June, 1988 entitled \u201cWhere Fire Meets Finesse.\u201d Numerous publications and accolades soon followed. Fire meets finesse, indeed!On the RoadFrank\u2019s musical journey has taken him \u201cat least twenty times around the world,\u201d by his accounts, both as a solo performer and as a collaborator with \u201cVital Information\u201d and several of Chick Corea\u2019s bands. 25 years have produced over 20+ solo records, another 9 with his 16 year collaboration with Vital Information, 3 blazing albums with his off-shoot project, \u201cGambale, Hamm, Smith,\u201d as well as dozens of other guest record projects.His fruitful 25+ year alliance with Chick Corea has totaled 6 recordings and a live DVD recorded at Montreux Jazz Festival. World tours with drum legend, Billy Cobham, led to Cobham\u2019s enthusiastic participation on Frank\u2019s album, \u201cRaison D\u2019Etre,\u201d which introduced Frank\u2019s \u201cGambale Tuning System\u201d to the world. Nearly 40 years seeped in all things guitar, Frank discovered his revolutionary \u201cGambale Tuning.\u201d This system aligns the chordal capabilities of piano onto a reachable and familiar fret board - yet another of his monumental contributions to the guitar. Frank Gambale \u2013 A Short Bio\t\t\t\t\t\t3.\t\tYamaha quickly jumped in to arm Frank with a new double-neck guitar, necessitated by the quick change-over in tunings while flying on the new adventurous tracks.Frank\u2019s instructional materials are used in many schools and universities throughout the world. His mystifying sweep picking technique, featured in his first instructional book, continues to amaze and inspire guitarists. Frank generously conducts master classes around the world (and in three languages)! New Directions 20112011 brings more terrific new directions for Frank Gambale that will delight dedicated fans and new audiences alike. The all-star \u201cReturn to Forever IV\u201d will ignite stages around the world starting in Australia, including a performance at the famed Sydney Opera House. The tour culminates with Chick\u2019s 70th birthday concert in New York City\u2019s renowned Blue Note. A brilliant new album recently released, \u201cNatural Selection\u201d reunites Frank with bass player, Alain Caron, and keyboardist, Otmaro Ruiz, in a tight knit, joyous collection of all acoustic tracks with a touch of percussion. His newest release is \u201cSoulmine\u201d \u2013 a return to Frank\u2019s vocal roots and the first collaboration with lyricist\/musician and beloved wife and muse, BOCA. \u201cSoulmine\u201d features seriously catchy tunes punctuated with shining vocal harmonies, unexpected sass, funky rhythms and saucy guitar lines. The delicious tones that tie the new tracks together are complimented by the combination of the new Frank Gambale DV Mark Signature line of amps firing up the incredible Gambale Signature FG1 Guitar by Carvin\u2019s Custom Shop. Whether Gambale is touring the world with his Fusion Jazz Trio, the Natural High Trio, his new vocal group Soulmine, or joining forces in an iconic jazz super group, Frank continues to amaze audiences around the world. - Dura and Matthew X. Curry","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/15514_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}

Bourbon Princess

Bourbon Princess is an alternative rock/new wave band based in Boston. It includes Monique Ortiz on bass and vocals, dru...

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{"key":"16446","name":"Bourbon Princess","bio":"Bourbon Princess is an alternative rock\/new wave band based in Boston. It includes Monique Ortiz on bass and vocals, drummer Jerome Deupree (formerly of Morphine), saxophonist Russ Gershon (also of the Either\/Orchestra) and Jim Moran on piano and guitar. Paul Kolderie (producer for Radiohead, Hole, and other bands) engineered their most recent album, Dark of Days.","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/16446_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}

Guru Guru

Guru Guru is one of the most notable German Krautrock bands, existing from the late 1960s to the present. The band has h...

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{"key":"17299","name":"Guru Guru","bio":"Guru Guru is one of the most notable German Krautrock bands, existing from the late 1960s to the present. The band has had many incarnations over nearly 4 decades. Drummer Mani Neumeier has remained as the only original member.Mani and bassist Uli Trepte came from playing free jazz in the mid 1960's with pianist Irene Schweizer and the appear on an obscure out of print album under her name shortly before forming Guru Guru in the late 1960's. The were joined by ex-Agitation Free guitarist Ax Geinrich as a \"power trio\" that was clearly influenced by Hendrix, Zappa and LSD and perhaps Karlheinz Stockhausen. According to Wikipedia they lived in a commune and gigged with bands such as Amon Duul and Agitation Free. Later they more or less merged with another commune band, Kraan, for a few releases. Guru Guru were looser, more improvisational and noisy than most of the Krautrock bands of that time. They were fairly popular and have continued to have some presence of a band centered around Mani for over 30 years and 20 albums. One notable reviewer, Piero Scaruffi, says that on their 2nd album, Hinten, they were \"misunderstanding Jimi Hendrix and the Cream as a wall of noise that will be surpassed only by the Japanese bands of a few years later.\" That LP came in a gatefold cover with possibly one of the most offensive record covers ever. The rear cover had a shot of a naked hairy man's behind, and the inside had a close-up apparently shot from the floor, zoomed in to fill the 24\" inside of a gate-fold LP with some other hairy skin that left it to your imagination to figure out what it was.Uli Trepte supposedly freaked out and left after a few albums but the band continued on with various lineup changes and multi-instrumentalist Roland Shaeffer took on an important role once Uli Trepte and Ax Geinrich had left.There are a few distinct tangents to Guru Guru. There is a comedic element that occasionally surfaces, with Mani dressed in clown outfits on some album covers and a bit of a goofy feel to songs such as a strange marching band tune. Cartoon characters occasionally speak to us in their songs, on song titles such as Dagbert Duck, or a conversation in the woods with a woodpecker. One song, Set Your Chickens Free, was based on an underground film about some farmer who had an LSD trip and set his chickens free. Early on there was also 50's rock and roll influence on that seemed largely centered around Ax Geinrich, who seemed to waffle a bit between fairly straight ahead rock and roll riffs and also headed farthest out into space with his guitar freak-outs. Roland Schaeffer joined on for a long stint on multiple instruments and nudged the band more to a funky, jazzy fusion era. Mani continued on over 30+ years with a wide supporting cast of musicians, many known from other Krautrock bands. Guru Guru went through a mid-70's Mahavishnu influenced phase with the album Dance of the Flames. The 1975 album Mani und Seine Fruende (Mani and Friends) included guest appearances by a who's who of bands including members of Cluster, Karthago and Kraan. Some of the Kraan folks appeared on other releases including Globetrotter. Mani got off into a funky space jazz rock period towards the end of the 1970's, playing live to large audiences. Scaruffi describes the works since 1982 as a clone of Hawkwind, which seems a bit overly generalized but it does correctly cite the difference in consistency since 1979 as a cut-off point where the band diverges from their heyday. Still, Mani keeps on ticking and seems to have been an unstoppable force who never strayed far from his sense of humor and his core musical visions.","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/17299_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}

Walter Becker

Walter Carl Becker (born February 20, 1950) is an American musician, songwriter and record producer. He is best known as...

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{"key":"17364","name":"Walter Becker","bio":"Walter Carl Becker (born February 20, 1950) is an American musician, songwriter and record producer. He is best known as the co-founder, guitarist, bassist and a co-writing half of the duo which make up the rock band Steely Dan. Becker was born in Queens, New York, grew up in Westchester County and Forest Hills, Queens, and is a graduate of Stuyvesant High School in Manhattan, class of 1967. After starting out on saxophone, he switched to guitar and received instruction in blues technique from his neighbor Randy California of Spirit. Becker met his long-time musical partner Donald Fagen while attending Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York. Becker and Fagen formed and played in a number of groups, their youthful career also included a stint with Jay and the Americans under pseudonyms prior to relocating to California and forming Steely Dan. Initially a full-fledged group and later distilled to the Becker-Fagen partnership augmented with numerous studio musicians, the band released seven successful albums in its initial ten-year career. In addition to co-writing all of the band's material, Becker played bass on many of the band's tracks, as well as providing guitar solos, rhythm guitar, occasional backing vocals and arrangements.Following Steely Dan's breakup in 1981, Becker moved to Hawaii, and began a career as a record producer, producing records from Rickie Lee Jones, China Crisis and Michael Franks. Becker is actually credited as one of five official members of China Crisis on the sleeve of their 1985 album Flaunt the Imperfection, which he also produced; he also produced tracks on their 1989 album Diary of a Hollow Horse, although he is not credited as a band member on that release.Becker reunited with Fagen briefly to collaborate on the debut album of U.S. singer, former fashion model Rosie Vela. Their partnership properly resumed in the mid-1990s as they undertook a tour under the Steely Dan moniker in 1993, effectively reuniting the band. Becker also produced Fagen's album Kamakiriad in that year as well. In turn, Fagen co-produced Becker's belated solo debut album, 1994's 11 Tracks of Whack.Steely Dan continued touring, and their work on new material resulted in the first Steely Dan studio album in two decades, 2000's Two Against Nature. The album won four Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year. The duo was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001. The next Steely Dan record, Everything Must Go followed in 2003, featuring Becker's bass and electric guitar work, as well as the first studio Steely Dan track with a lead vocal by Becker, \"Slang of Ages\". The band spent the following years touring behind their back catalog.Becker was later inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame on October 30, 2008. Becker's second solo album, Circus Money, was released on June 10, 2008. The album prominently featured Becker's bass playing, performances by much of the Steely Dan backing band, and work by producer Larry Klein (who received co-composition credits on all but one song). The songs were heavily inspired by reggae and other Jamaican music.In 2001, both Becker and Fagen received Honorary Doctor of Music degrees from Berklee College of Music.Other worksBecker produced Fra Lippo Lippi's 1987 Norwegian single, \"Angel\", as well as the 1985 China Crisis album, Flaunt The Imperfection. In 2005, Becker co-produced and played bass on the Krishna Das album All One. Becker played solo guitar on the title track of the 2005 Rebecca Pidgeon album Tough on Crime. Madeleine Peyroux's 2006 album Half the Perfect World featured a single, \"I'm All Right\", that was co-written by Becker with Peyroux and producer Larry Klein. Peyroux's 2009 album Bare Bones contains two songs co-written by Becker: the very Steely Dan-esque, \"You Can't do Me\" and the title-track \"Bare Bones\".","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/17364_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}

Kraan

Kraan is a German band that was formed in 1970. They released several albums of rock mixed with jazz elements during the...

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{"key":"16440","name":"Kraan","bio":"Kraan is a German band that was formed in 1970. They released several albums of rock mixed with jazz elements during the 70s and 80s before breaking up in 1990. They reformed in 2000 for both live performances and new recordings.Their Homepage: http:\/\/www.kraan.de\/","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/16440_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}

Supersister

There have been at least two groups named Supersister, the most famous one being a Dutch progressive rock band from the ...

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{"key":"17306","name":"Supersister","bio":"There have been at least two groups named Supersister, the most famous one being a Dutch progressive rock band from the 1970s. The other one is a British girl group.1. Supersister was an experimental rock band from The Hague, The Netherlands, that existed from 1968 to 1974. They played a jazz-tinged brand of progressive rock. Classic line-up: Robert Jan Stips (keyboards, vocals), Sacha van Geest (flute), Marco Vrolijk (drums) and Ron van Eck (bass).The band started as a school band (Sweet OK Sister) in 1968, featuring singer and songwriter Rob Douw, who soon left the group. The remaining members continued as a more serious musical quartet under the name Supersister. Their style was Canterbury Scene-style prog rock, with a dominant Stips as the group's keyboard virtuoso.Their d\u00e9but album, Present from Nancy (1970), spawned their first (and biggest) Dutch hit single, She Was Naked. After two more studio albums (1971's To The Highest Bidder and 1972's Pudding And Gisteren) both Van Geest and Vrolijk decided to quit. The remaining members, together with newcomers Charly Mariano (wind instruments) and Herman van Boeyen (drums), released the album Iskander (1973), a jazz-rock concept album based on the life of Alexander the Great. In 1974 Stips and Van Geest re-united for a final album (Spiral Staircase), released under the original band name, Sweet Okay Supersister. It turned out to be the group's swan song. Robert Jan Stips moved on to play keyboards in Golden Earring for nearly three years (1974-1976).The classic 1970-1973 line-up reunited in 2000 for a performance at the Progfest in Los Angeles and a short tour of The Netherlands. To mark the occasion a rarities album was released: M.A.N. featured live and studio recordings from 1969-1973. The reunion abruptly came to an end when Sacha van Geest unexpectedly died in the summer of 2001. The reunion concert at the Paradiso in Amsterdam was recorded and later released on CD (Supersisterious, 2001) and DVD ('Sweet OK Supersister', 2006), which also features several old and new documentaries, photographs and unreleased audio tracks.http:\/\/www.supersister.nl2. Supersister was a three-piece girl group from the United Kingdom. They had hits in 1999 and 2000 such as 'Coffee' and 'Summer Gonna Come Again' (since covered by the band Nylon).","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/17306_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}

Jan Akkerman

Jan Akkerman (born 24 December 1946) is a Dutch guitarist and lutenist. In 1973 Akkerman was chosen Best Guitarist Of Th...

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{"key":"17329","name":"Jan Akkerman","bio":"Jan Akkerman (born 24 December 1946) is a Dutch guitarist and lutenist. In 1973 Akkerman was chosen Best Guitarist Of The World by the readers of the UK magazine Melody Maker. In the 1970s, with Thijs van Leer he formed the core of the Dutch symphonic rock band Focus.Akkerman was born in the 'de Jordaan' area of Amsterdam, the son of a scrap iron trader. At age five he took guitar lessons and, at the age of fourteen, his first single was released. He was a member of Johnny and The Cellar Rockers, The Hunters and Brainbox, and joined the Thijs van Leer Trio in late 1969. They continued under the name Focus and scored a few world hits in the seventies. In 1976 Akkerman left the band and resumed a solo career. The reunion with Thijs van Leer in 1985 turned out to be unsuccessful, but despite that Akkerman produced several albums. At the same time he was active as a session musician with Andr\u00e9 Hazes and others. Furthermore he played with Alan Price, Herman Brood, Peter Banks, Charlie Byrd, Ice-T and BB King.In 1992 he was involved in a serious car accident, but since 1993 has been active again. Jan Akkerman is a distinctive guitarist, constantly experimenting with new equipment and guitars. Akkerman's distinctive guitar sound is characterised by his pioneering use of volume swells which produce a smooth, fluty, sustained note. He writes for the Dutch magazine GitaarPlus.","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/17329_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}

Oz Noy

“It’s Jazz. It just doesn’t sound like it.” This is how virtuoso guitarist Oz Noy http://oznoy.com describes his...

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{"key":"16422","name":"Oz Noy","bio":"\u201cIt\u2019s Jazz. It just doesn\u2019t sound like it.\u201d This is how virtuoso guitarist Oz Noy http:\/\/oznoy.com describes his intoxicating blend of jazz, funk, rock, blues, and r&b. Born in Israel, Oz started his professional career at the age of 13 playing jazz, blues, pop and rock music. By age 16, he was playing with top Israeli musicians and artists. By age 24, he was one of the most established studio guitar players in the country. Oz was also a member of the house band on Israel\u2019s top-rated television show for more than two years. Since his 1996 arrival in New York, Oz has made a huge impact on the local and international music scene. His unique and intoxicating style has broken all the rules of instrumental guitar music by focusing on the groove. All stars such as Keith Carlock, Anton Fig, Vinnie Colaiuta, and Dave Weckl often contribute on drums, with bassists Will Lee, James Genus, and Reggie Washington. In 2003, Oz released his debut record \u2013 \u201cOz Live\u201d \u2013 recorded at NYC\u2019s legendary Bitter End. In 2004, Oz signed with Magna Carta Records and in 2005, released his highly-acclaimed studio record \u201cHA!\u201d with his all-star band featuring Fig, Carlock, Lee and Genus plus special guests Mike Stern and George Whitty. In April of 2007, a licensing deal with Magna Carta and Japanese label Videoarts opened the door for Oz's music in Japan. Later that year saw the release of \u201cFuzzy Feat,\u201d Oz\u2019s third record under the Magna Carta label. For Fuzzy Feat, Oz\u2019s all-star band is joined by various special guests including Colaiuta, bassist Jimmy Johnson, and keyboardists Whitty and Jim Beard. September 2009 saw the release of Oz\u2019s fourth album, \u201cSchizophrenic,\u201d featuring Lee, Fig, Carlock, Weckl, Ricky Peterson, Chris Palmero, and special guest Steve Lukather.September 2011 he released his fifth studio album \u201cTwisted Blues\u201d Featuring Vinnie Coliauta, Anton Fig, Chris Layton, Will Lee, Roscoe Beck , John Medeski, Jerry Z, Reese Wynans, Ralph Macdonald and special guests Eric Johnson & Allen Toussaint. For his accomplishments as a trend-setting guitarist, Oz won the highly acclaimed Guitar Player magazine readers poll for \u201cbest guitar riff on a record\u201d in 2007. In 2008, Oz won the Guitar Player\u2019s readers poll again; this time for \u201cbest new talent.\u201d Oz Noy has performed, toured and recorded with Richard Bona, Chris Botti, Gavin DeGraw, Harry Belafonte, Cyndi Lauper, Clay Aiken, Akiko Yano, Wonder Girls, Toni Braxton, Phoebe Snow, Nile Rogers, Mike Clark, Jeff \u2018Tain\u2019 Watts, Dave Weckl, Mike Manieri, The East Village Opera Company, Roger Glover, Bill Evans, Warren Hayes, Gove\u2019t Mule, Allen Toussaint, Eric Johnson and others.","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/16422_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}

Linda Hoyle

Well-known as the vocalist of Affinity, Linda is a singer, with a particular style that combines rock, blues, soul and j...

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{"key":"124444","name":"Linda Hoyle","bio":"Well-known as the vocalist of Affinity, Linda is a singer, with a particular style that combines rock, blues, soul and jazz. Her fast musical career, and the fact of play non-commercial music made her be, since now, a very unknown name in the showbusiness.She played with Affinity from 1968 to 1971. They did a wonderful album in 1970, after the band's name, that had very good critical reviews. A pure representant of the early 70's classic rock, the album is a combination of rock, jazz, soul, and progressive music.In the end of january-1971, she left the band. Soon after that, she met with keyboardist Karl Jenkins (future Soft Machine member), and they spent some months writing songs. Later, these songs formed the album Pieces of Me, the only solo work of Linda's career.","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/124444_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}
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