Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Crossfire - East Of Where (1980)

(Australian 1974 - 1982, Present)
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This jazz rock group was formed in 1974 and based in Sydney, Australia. The band originally comprised of Jim Kelly (guitar), Greg Lyon (bass), Ian Bloxsom (percussion), Michael Kenny (piano), Steve Hopes (drums) and Tony Buchanan (saxophone). Crossfire were of a high enough standard of musicianship to gather worldwide recognition, the band served a long apprenticeship in jazz venues, often as the backing band for other artists, with the various members still concentrating on session work. Early on the band showed a lot of blues influence in their playing probably due to members having played in R&B and soul bands previously. By the late 70s the band was touring widely overseas, spending time in Asia, Europe and America, having played such prestigious gigs as the Newport Jazz Festival, Ronnie Scott's in London and The Montreaux Jazz Festival in 1982. They recorded seven albums while together, including a live album with U.S. vocalist Michael Franks and produced Australia's first direct-to-disc LP in 1978. Crossfire also performed on collaborative tours with Lee Ritenour, Don Grusin, and Randy Brecker
In 2007, ORiGiN released a collection of their best instrumental pieces entitled 'Hystorical Records' . A collectable item celebrating the bands music and also coinciding with a newly reformed line up of Crossfire who begun touring again in 2007 after a break of approx 15 years [extract from lascintasrecuperadas.blogspot.com]
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Guitarist, Jim Kelly has long been recognised as one of our finest guitarists and through the late Seventies and Eighties he was a sought-after session musician. After The Affair he became one of the scores of top musos who passed through the ranks of Levi Smith's Clefs, followed by a stint in Mother Earth, which featured a young Renee Geyer on lead vocals. In 1974, Jim and Mick Kenny formed Crossfire, Australia's most successful jazz-rock fusion band. In 1990, Jim moved to Lismore where he took up the position of Head of Guitar Studies at Southern Cross University. He has released five solo Albums and has written a guitar instruction book, The Dominant Seventh Chord and Then the Blues. As well as being a guest clinician at teaching institutions throughout Australia, Jim remains a popular performer at major jazz venues and festivals. [extract from Milesago.com)]
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Tony Buchanan played saxophone & woodwinds and currently plays with the very talented vocalist Jo Jo Smith. Tony studied saxophone with Frank Smith in Melbourne, Graham Lyall in Sydney, Joe Allard, Eddie Daniels and David Leibman in New York.
His musical career spans more than 35 years and was a long time member of Crossfire. Tony has played in countless bands and ensembles during his career and is known to many of his peers as 'The God Father of Sax'
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Tony has performed and recorded with musical greats such as: Stevie Wonder, Frank Sinatra, Lee Ritenour, Michael Franks, Ronny Scott, Maynard Ferguson, Mel Torme, Debbie Reynolds, Shirley Maclaine, Tubby Hayes, Jo Jo Smith and many others.
Tony has taught saxophone at: Sydney Grammar, Southern Cross University in Lismore, Conservation of Music in Brisbane, Melbourne Grammar (boys), Melbourne Grammar (girls), Box Hill Tafe and Victorian College of the Arts. [extract from www.jojosmithsoul.com]
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In this Crossfire posting, the band plays with some funk guitar riffs, rhodes and various woodwinds and brass, often with several instruments played through wah-wah pedals. Listening to it again now, more than thirty years later, I think I can hear what they might have been listening to - maybe some guitar work from Return to Forever, some Eddie Henderson wah-wah or the wonderful fusion played by Weather Report and Miles Davis. If you enjoy jazz fusion, then you are really going to enjoy this album.
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Rip was taken from vinyl at 320kps and full album artwork is included.
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Track Listing
01 - Bob's Ya Uncle
02 - Roll The Ivory Dice
03 - Let Sco'
04 - Parade
05 - Malice In Wonderland
06 - Where's The man In The Fat Suit
07 - Away In D Major
08 - East Of Where

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Band Members:
Jim Kelly (Guitars)
Michael Kenny (Keyboards)
Tony Buchanan (Tenor / Soprano Sax, Flute)
Phil Scorgie (Bass)
Ian Bloxsom (Percussion, Mallets)
Steve Hopes (Drums)
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Crossfire Link (94Mb) REPOST
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7 comments:

  1. cant guys do one show with michael franks live again in sydney maybe just those few songs from the live album???

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  2. Yep - I'm with you on this one Earl It would be great to see them do a reunion concert again with Michael Franks.
    One can only hope.

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  3. I am listening to this stunning vinyl album again playing on my new replacement turntable. This album is as brilliant as it was when first released over 30 years ago. I've nursed the vinyl along and it is so, so rewarding to hear. Makes my skin jump! There isn't a bad track on it. It's like having a great conversation with an old friend.

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  4. The original drummer in Crossfire was John Proud.

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  5. also the original reed player was Don Reid

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  6. Here is a vinyl rip of the first Crossfire album (1975):

    http://www.megaupload.com/?d=7TE8FJHL

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  7. I saw Crossfire backing Lee Ritenour in Sydney in the early 80s at about the same time as Michael Franks was there.

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