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Graham Bond...
Graham Bond was born in Romford, Essex in October, 1937. He was a musical child and took up alto sax at the age of fifteen. He co-led the Terry Graham Trio (with drummer Terry Lovelock) and later gigged around London sometimes with John Burch, Dick Heckstall-Smith or Dick Morrissey.
He joined Don Rendell in in May, 1961 and the Quintet recorded an LP in 1961. By 1962 he was with Alexis Korner's Blues Incorporated and this really set the tone of his future music as solid jazzy R&B. He was now playing piano, alto sax, organ and singing vocals.
In 1963 he formed his own organ trio which became the Graham Bond Organisation and this existed until 1968 when he went to the USA.

Returning to the UK in 1969 he formed a new group - Initiation. In the early 1970s he worked with Ginger Baker, Jack Bruce and Pete Brown before a period of illness kept him out of action.
Bond was a larger than life character, with a somewhat erratic personality probably influenced by his heavy drug use and a belief in the occult. Many believe he took his own life in May, 1974 when he fell under a London tube train at Finsbury Park station.
A biography by Harry Shapiro, Graham Bond - The Mighty Shadow was published in 1992.

Bond was working as a salesman prior to joining the New Don Rendell Quintet...
The New Don Rendell Quintet - June 17th, 1961 (Jazzland JLP51)
Don Rendell (ts), Graham Bond (as), John Burch (p), Tony Archer (b), Phil Kinorra (d).
Blue Monk*/Jeannine*/You Loomed Out Of Loch Ness*/So What/The Haunt*.
(*BGP CD - Roarin')
(*Real Gone Jazz 4 CD set - Don Rendell Six Classic Albums plus bonus tracks)

August 29th, 1961 (Jazzland JLP51)
personnel as June 17th.
Bring Back The Burch*/Manumission*.
(*BGP CD - Roarin')
(*Real Gone Jazz 4 CD set - Don Rendell Six Classic Albums plus bonus tracks)

Graham Bond with Ken Wray and the Joe Palin Trio - 1962 (Manchester Club 43)
Graham Bond (as), Ken Wray (v-tmb), Joe Palin (p), Bill Brown (b), Dave Edwards (d),
Sack O' Woe*/Mack the Knife*/Work Song*/Oleo*/Things Are Getting Better*.
(*Repertoire Records 4CD set - Live At The BBC & Other Stories)

Graham Bond Quartet - 1962 (Jazz and Twist - VA6)
Graham Bond (as), Brian Dee (p), Malcolm Cecil (b), Tony Mann (d), Bobby Breen (vcl).
Things Are Getting Better*/ (other titles unknown).
(*Repertoire Records 4CD set - Live At The BBC & Other Stories)

The BBC recording detailed below was made at a BBC studio in 1962 but was not released on record. In June, 2010 Gearbox Records issued a limited edition 10" EP titled Manumission...
The Don Rendell Quintet - 1962 (Unissued)
Don Rendell (ts), Graham Bond (as), John Burch (p), Tony Archer (b), Ted Pope (d).
Bring Back The Burch/Manumission/Frankinsense.

The Don Rendell Quintet with Dick Heckstall-Smith - September 9th, 1962 (BBC Jazz Session)
Don Rendell (ts,sop), Graham Bond (as), Dick Heckstall-Smith (ts), John Burch (p), Tony Archer (b), Ted Pope (d).
Things Are Getting Better*/Elsie And Ena aka Bring Back The Burch*/Richmond Festival*/Kelly Blue*/Troika*/Kazeef*/Persian Party*.
(*Repertoire Records 4CD set - Live At The BBC & Other Stories)

Graham Bond Quartet with Bobby Breen - April 25th, 1963 (BBC Jazz Club)
Graham Bond (org,vcl), John McLaughlin (g), Jack Bruce (b), Ginger Baker (d), Bobby Breen (vcl).
Bluesology*/I'm Gonna Move To The Outskirts Of Town*/Hello Little Girl*/Spanish Blues*/Wade In The Water*/Hallelujah I Love Her So*/Every Day I Have The Blues*.
(*Repertoire Records 4CD set - Live At The BBC & Other Stories)

Bond's first record under his own name was recorded live at "Klooks Kleek Club"...
Graham Bond Organisation - June, 1963 (Solid Bond - Warner Bros 2555)
Dick Heckstall-Smith (as,sop), Graham Bond (org,pno,as,vcl), John McLaughlin (g), Jack Bruce (b), Ginger Baker (d).
The Grass Is Greener*/Doxy*/Ho Ho Country Kicking Blues*.
(*Rhino CD - Solid Bond)

Duffy Power with Graham Bond Quartet - 1963 (BBC)
Graham Bond (org), John McLaughlin (g), Jack Bruce (b), Ginger Baker (d), Duffy Power (vcl).
I Saw Her Standing There*/I Got A Woman*/Summertime*/I Love Her So.
(*Repertoire Records 4CD set - Live At The BBC & Other Stories)

His second record was also recorded live at "Klooks Kleek Club"...
Graham Bond Organisation - October, 1964 (The beginning of jazz-rock - Charly CR30017)
Dick Heckstall-Smith (ts), Graham Bond (org,as,vcl), Jack Bruce (b-g,har,vcl), Ginger Baker (d).
Wade In The Water*/Big Boss Man*/Early In the Morning*/Person to Person Blues*/Spanish Blues*/Introduction by Dick Jordan*/The First Time I Met The Blues*/Stormy Monday*/Train Time*/What'd I Say*>
(*Music Avenue CD - I met the blues at Klook's Kleek)

Graham Bond Organisation - Broadcast January, 1966 (BBC Jazz Beat)
Dick Heckstall-Smith (ts), Graham Bond (org,vcl), Mike Falana (tp), Ginger Baker (d).
Wade In The Water*/Only Sixteen*/When Johnny Comes Marching Home*.
(*Repertoire Records 4CD set - Live At The BBC & Other Stories)

Graham Bond Organisation - 1966 (Solid Bond - Warner Bros 2555)
Dick Heckstall-Smith (as,sop), Graham Bond (org,pno,as,vcl), Jon Hiseman (d).
Green Onions*/Springtime In The City*/Can't Stand It*/Only Sixteen*/Last Night*/Long Legged Baby*/Walkin' In The Park*/It's Not Goodbye*/Neighbour, Neighbour*.
(*Rhino CD - Solid Bond)


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