Colosseum was an English brass-rock band that released the 1969 albums Those Who Are About to Die Salute You (Fontana) and Valentyne Suite (Vertigo). They were led by drummer Jon Hiseman and reedist Dick Heckstall-Smith, fellow travelers in the Graham Bond Organization and John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers. As an instigator of pop’s shift into maximalism, they […]

Keef Hartley Band – The Battle of North West Six (1969)

The Battle of North West Six is the second album by the English blues-rock/brass-rock ensemble led by drummer Keef Hartley, released in 1969 on Deram. Tracklist: A1. “The Dansette Kid Hartley Jam for Bread” (3:59) A2. “Don’t Give Up” (4:07) A3. “Me and My Woman” (4:24) A4. “Hickory” (2:45) A5. “Don’t Be Afraid” (4:25) B1. […]

Neil Ardley – Kaleidoscope of Rainbows (1976)

Kaleidoscope of Rainbows is an album by English jazz-rock/Third Stream keyboardist/composer Neil Ardley, released in 1976 on Gull. Tracklist: A1. “Prologue” (0:28) A2. “Rainbow One” (9:38) A3. “Rainbow Two” (7:35) A4. “Rainbow Three” (3:47) A5. “Rainbow Four” (6:15) B1. “Rainbow Five” (4:02) B2. “Rainbow Six” (7:37) B3. “Rainbow Seven” (11:13) B4. “Epilogue” (4:09) Credits: Neil […]

Barbara Thompson – Paraphernalia (1978)

Paraphernalia is an album by English jazz-rock woodwindist Barbara Thompson, released in 1978 on MCA. Tracklist: A1. “Goodtyme Mr. Sam” (3:50) A2. “Study To Be Quiet” (4:45) A3. “La Tranquillité D’ame” (6:04) A4. “Spanish Memories” (5:03) B1. “Sicilian Sting” (6:12) B2. “Next Spring” (4:56) B3. “Temple Song” (7:39) B4. “Stairways” (4:17) Credits: Bass – Roy Babbington […]

Barbara Thompson

Barbara Thompson (born July 27, 1944) is an English jazz-rock saxophonist from Oxford who first emerged circa 1969/70 as a guest musician on albums by the Keef Hartley Band and husband Jon Hiseman’s Colosseum. She subsequently joined pianist Neil Ardley‘s backing band and also appeared on recordings by trombonist Michael Gibbs and American soul singer […]