Dick Heckstall-Smith, who died on December 17 aged 70, was a unique figure in the world of British jazz and blues; a saxophonist and composer, he was a founder member of Blues Incorporated, the band which launched the worldwide vogue for blues-inflected popular music in the s, and later a star soloist with such leading bands as John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, Colosseum and Mainsqueeze. Because he was slightly older than others in his field, and prematurely bald, Heckstall-Smith cut an avuncular figure on stage. This impression was dispelled, however, when he launched into his first explosive solo, usually blowing two saxophones at once.
The saxophonist Dick Heckstall-Smith was a significant and stimulating figure in the fusion of jazz, blues and rock music. He found most acclaim with the late Sixties progressive rock band Colosseum. Some of his friends in the jazz world accused him of betraying his talent, but he commented, "When I look back on it, I'm very pleased.
Dick Heckstall-Smith. Top Tracks I'm Leaving.
Dick Heckstall-Smith was born in the Royal Free Hospital, in LudlowEngland, and was raised in KnightonRadnorshirelearning to play piano, clarinet and alto saxophone in childhood. He attended a York boarding school but refused a second term there, instead enrolling in Gordonstounwhere his father had accepted a job as headmaster of the local grammar school. Heckstall-Smith completed his education at Dartington Hall Schoolbefore reading agriculture — and co-leading the university jazz band — at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridgefrom
Over the past year Jon and myself watched his noble efforts to win the battle against his illness, and to the end he was convinced that even if he were in a wheelchair, he would come back to playing and touring. His indomitable spirit made him special both as a person and as a player. He was the original blues saxophone player, and there was no-one to equal him.
Thank you as every day or so for another nice download. They are two good album of solid blues rock, the first a little dated but the second, as moonstone project, for me is a very good work, with good voice and furious guitar. And naturally mr Thain and mister Hensley give, with their personallity, a magic touch to the albums.
The whole evening got off to a great start in spite of the very early start, and even by 6. Former Colosseum bass man Tony Reeves nailed everything down, and vocalist Adrian Paton added some New Orleans style vocals to accompany his excellent piano playing, and band veteran John Fry led by example on sax. Jazz Rock may be out of fashion in the contemporary music scene, but the warm ovation given to Big Chief suggested that plenty of people still love quality music.
Lp: Bronze Straight away, out of your speakers come DH-S' typical sax playing over an intricate riff, and this Future Song makes an excellent present song. H-S sounds slightly eastern-influenced on some of his outstanding sax lines, while Quaye's guitar closes the track in a beautiful fade-out.
Even though his musical career stretches back to the lates and includes stints with some of the UK's best known blues greats such as Graham Bond, Alexis Korner, and even John Mayall, I'd hazard to say that even in the UK, saxophonist Dick Heckstall-Smith isn't exactly a name brand. Against that backdrop the fact this album even saw an American release is amazing Clearly in the earlys American record labels were operating under a different, more utopian marketing model than today's game.