Eddie Jobson

Eddie Jobson (born April 28, 1955) is an English keyboardist and violinist, best known for his stints in Curved Air, Roxy Music, and U.K.

As a teen prodigy, he replaced Darryl Way in Curved Air for their 1973 release Air Cut. That same year, Roxy Music selected him as a replacement for Brian Eno. Jobson played on the 1973–75 Roxy albums Stranded, Country Life, and Siren. Later that decade, Jobson co-founded the supergroup U.K. and cut the 1978/79 albums U.K. and Danger Money. In 1980, he partook in sessions for an Ian Anderson solo album that morphed into the Jethro Tull release A.

Jobson formed his own band, Zinc, for the 1983 Capitol release The Green Album. He appears in the video of “Owner of a Lonely Heart” by Yes and almost joined their 90125 lineup. His second solo album, Theme of Secrets, appeared in 1985 on Peter Baumann‘s Private Music label.


He was born Edwin Jobson in Billingham, Stockton-on-Tees, where he took up piano at age seven and violin at age eight. As a tween, he played in an orchestra. At 16, he applied to the Royal Academy of Music but was turned down due to his age.

In 1972, Jobson joined Fat Grapple, an unsigned folk act with later ties to Stackridge. They toured with Curved Air, which subsequently lost its violinist Darryl Way, who left to form his own band Wolf. Jobson got picked as Way’s replacement for the 1973 Curved Air release Air Cut, their fourth album. Jobson co-wrote two tracks, “Armin” and the 10-minute epic “Metamorphosis.”


Discography:

  • “Yesterday Boulevard” / “On a Still Night” (1976)
  • The Green Album (1983 • Eddie Jobson / Zinc)
  • Theme of Secrets (1985)

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