Guest Musicians on 'NOW'
GLYN HAVARD Vocals, Lyrics, Guitar.
In 1966 I quit my job, turned to bass-playing and singing, playing in a jazz trio with my mate, drummer Allan Price, we eventually got a gig in a band called "Unit Four Plus Two", where we met guitarist Tony Duhig. Tony introduced me to Jon Field, with whom he was writing some pretty interesting and dare I say 'daring' stuff.
I wrote lyrics for the material, and we got a recording deal with Vertigo Records, who did little to promote us. However Mercury Records in the U.S.A., got behind Jade Warrior, and before you could say "Barazinbar!", our second album crept into the bottom half of the American charts. A tour of the States followed with Allan Price and Dave Duhig (Tony's Bro') joining the band. The tour was a fraught affair and eventually we returned home somewhat disgruntled.
A few months later the band broke up and I went to Canada, joined a band called 'Butler' which toured extensively, occasionally supporting Prog rock stars 'Rush'.
Returning from Canada, I joined New Wave band 'The Edge'. We gigged a lot, linking up with Kirsty McColl to record a couple of hit singles, and with an American singer called Jayne Aire as her backing band, 'The Belvederes'. The Edge had a short but hysterical life (Jon Moss became drummer for Culture Club, Gavin Povey playing piano for Shaking Stevens, and Lu Edmonds joined Johnny Rotten's band, P.I.L.), I myself played bass with another New Wave band, 'The Yachts' and within a matter of weeks we were supporting 'The Who' on a European tour. Then, just before we were due to leave for America, I received some bad news from home which necessitated my leaving the band and going back to Wales.
The years passed, I sold my guitar, took up stone-masonry, studied an assortment of martial arts, got married and "settled down". Out of the blue Dave Sturt rang me and offered me the chance to rejoin Jade Warrior as vocalist/lyricist, I didn't hesitate.
JEFF DAVENPORT Drums.
Began life in Tottenham, London and started drumming in 1975, aged 3, playing along to a Wombles record with some pencils that my mum had given me.
I occasionally used to play along to my folks early music sessions. They played crumhorns, recorders and the like.
My dad used to play me some old Ragtime and early Skiffle stuff on his record player, and he also introduced me to Jazz and Classical music at about the same time as my older brother had his head down learning rock guitar solos on his Strat' in his bedroom. I will never forget hearing "Highway Star" for the first time, or indeed Max Roach's "The Drum also Waltzes".
I guess my head was filled with all sorts of music by those experiences, because today I am not at all biased as to what sort of drum style I play.
With sessions completed for artists such as, Phil Robson, Andy Sheppard, French pop-group singer Laura Mayne, James Morrison and rock group Leon, it is a real pleasure to combine all these styles into the Jade Warrior space-frame. The ideas and depth of concept is truly thrilling.
THEN + IF = NOW
TIM STONE Guitar.
At age 14 Tim heard Jimi Hendrix coming out a 2in speaker via North Sea pirate radio and that was it. Job done. Alien crotchet invasion of the mind. Decision made. 'I'm gonna be a guitar player!'
You might wonder why he then wound up studying economics at university. In truth there was no what you would call actual 'studying'. On day one there was a decision to leave, but prudence dictated staying for a year of guitar practice and the usual 18 year old boy child rituals. Besides, it seemed wiser than working for a living.
The first pro job was working in a London strip joint, obviously not as a stripper, as a guitarist in a band that didn't take a break the whole night.
Some might say it's been all downhill from there. It certainly has been eclectic. Along the way Tim has played for a lot of people (apart from strippers), such as Rick Wakeman, Alan Price, Lulu, Moroccan jail inmates, Difford and Tilbrook (Squeeze), Boyzone, swingers at parties in LA, and Eddie Reader.
After a decade or so of writing assorted TV music, Tim made the decision not to die leaving only a jingle show-reel for all that fret-board graft. So now he makes his own style of music. You can check it all out on the website: www.audiostone.co.uk
It was on a gig about 10 years ago with close friend Isaac Guillory that Tim met Mr Sturt, gentleman bass player, who recently bribed him into the Jade Warrior fold. Jade Warrior seem to want Tim to play all the stuff that other people would fire him for! Coolness.
THEO TRAVIS Saxophone.
Theo Travis is well known on the British jazz scene for his 7 solo albums and his frequent touring with his quartet and Soft Machine Legacy. Theo is also an innovator of live looping with his sax and flutes, using electronics to build up atmospheric layers and textures.
His CDs have been played frequently on BBC Radio 2 and 3 and Jazz FM, plus he is a regular at London's Ronnie Scotts Club. Theo is involved in an eclectic range of music: having written scores for theatre companies; with experimental ambient band Cipher with Dave Sturt written and performed soundtracks to various 1920's silent films.
He has guested on over 70 albums and played in America, France, Germany, Holland, Sweden and Belgium.
Theo has played with Robert Fripp, David Sylvian, Bill Nelson, Jah Wobble, Palle Mikkelborg, John Etheridge, Lol Coxhill, Porcupine Tree, Anja Garbarek, Tony Coe, Richard Sinclair, Harold Budd, The Tangent, Slim Gaillard and, of course, with Jade Warrior on 'Distant Echoes'.
In 1999 Theo became a member of Daevid Allen's Gong as a featured soloist, co-writer and co-producer and since then has played over 125 gigs with them in Japan, Europe, Scandinavia, UK and America including a sold out show at New York's Knitting Factory and has recorded two albums.
In 2006 he joined the Soft Machine Legacy with whom he is currently playing. He wrote three pieces for their new album to be released worldwide in 2007.
CHRIS INGHAM Piano.
Trained as a drama teacher at Warwick University before succumbing to the music, he played guitar in misunderstood art 'n' b combo The Locomotives and was pianist/vocalist in the Flanagan Ingham Quartet who released two albums (Zanzibar and Textile Lunch) and were described by The Observer as 'one of Britain's most original bands'. He is jazz piano and jazz voice tutor at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge and can be heard with the bebop repertory quintet Rebop.
As an erstwhile music journalist he has contributed to Mojo magazine since 1996 and has published three books; Billie Holiday, Rough Guide to the Beatles, and Rough Guide to Frank Sinatra.
As a music producer he records regularly for Union Square Music and recently produced the Latin lounge album "The Day Is Done" for Dutch bossa nova diva Saskia, and provided the solo piano soundtrack for the DVD Under Review: Lennon & McCartney.
He lives in Suffolk with his family and a Yamaha G5 grand piano.
CHARLOTTE FIELD Flute, Oboe, Cor Anglais.
Not exactly a guest, just more of a pest, Lottie (or "The Daught" as she is known) helps out with various woodwind parts when we absolutely need it to be in tune, in time, and on time.
GOWAN TURNBULL Saxophone.
Born in the frost-crusted post-Roman wastelands of the Scottish Borders, Gowan began playing flute at age 8. By 14 he was playing Tenor and Alto sax in big bands, leading to his first ever paid gig on ITV's Come Dancing in 1969.
Gowan has contributed to a number of Jade Warrior projects from the Island era through to more recent times. Usually dialled in as a one-man horn section and representing the extremes of the woodwind tone spectrum, Gowan is able to deliver parts on such instruments as Baritone Sax, Bass Flute and ContraAlto Clarinet due to his large intake of uncooked red meat. He was attracted to the 'Deep Force Air-Bass' by legendary Bari player John Surman who taught at Gowan's native University, Newcastle. Early jazz fusion gigs with Surman led to Gowan also working with one of Theo's collaborators Lol Coxhill and with Soft Machine's late saxist, Elton Dean.
He has worked with Chris Rea, The Pet Shop Boys, Lindisfarne (note Uber-Northern cultural links), Van Der Graff Generator, Steve Joliffe (Tangerine Dream) and Dave Gilmour.
NOEL WATSON Studio Engineer.
Noel owns and runs Blossom recording studio in Blaina, South Wales. He has been awarded the Shell Livewire "Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award" for the best use of technology.
ANDY JACKSON Mastering Engineer.
Andy has been Pink Floyd's engineer for well over 30 years, "A Momentary Lapse of Reason" and "The Division Bell" were both nominated for "Best Engineered Album" Grammies. "The Division Bell" won "Best Recording Quality" at The British Hi-Fi Awards and Andy won the Mix magazine award for best live sound on the "Pulse" tour.