Dick Heckstall-Smith should need no introduction: one of Britain’s finest exponents of jazz / blues saxophone, my main exposure to his work was through 60s John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, and 70s Colosseum, though he was prolific from his days with Alexis Korner and Graham Bond, and was active well into the 90s. Sadly, on December 17th 2004.
After Colosseum broke up, Dick started working on his first solo album, along with using some unreleased material he had. All his mates from Colosseum appeared there, and Jon Hiseman produced the album.
Rumour has it about Dick asking John Bonham (drummer in Led Zeppelin) to form a joint band.
After that, Dick formed his own band in 1973 to promote the album A story ended:
A magnificent band. Theodore Thunder was 18 at that time!
There is some concert recorded by the BBC and there you can notice the superb musicianship in the band.
They toured Europe, and then travelled to the States for another tour supporting Fleetwood Mac and Deep Purple, and changing their name to Manchild.
They started recording a new album, but Dick´s health problems sadly prevented the album was finished.
And then …
Dick retired from playing sax for at least 3 years, until his health improved enough for playing and touring again. Meanwhile, he took a PhD in Sociology.
This is the rare BBC In Concert album … and it was recorded live on 11th January 1973 at the Paris Theatre, London. This show was published together with Nazareth live recordings (coming soon).
Dick Heckstall-Smith (saxophone)
James Litherland (guitar, vocals)
Dave Ross (keyboards, vocals)
Bill Smith (vocals)
Theordore Thunder (drums)
Dick Heckstall-Smith, live 1973 in Hamburg/Germany
01. Introduction 0.20
02. Moses In The Bullrush Houses (Heckstall-Smith/Brown) 7.48
03. Talk 0.46
04. Pirates Dream (Clempson/Heckstall-Smith/Hiseman) 10.23
05. Talk 0.12
06. No Amont Of Loving (Butterfield) 9.31
James Litherland, live 1973 in Hamburg/Germany