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Johnny Almond Music Machine

Johnny Almond Music Machine - Patent Pending - 1969 - Deram

The late Johnny Almond was a multi-talented musician who played clarinet, flute, saxophone, and keyboards for many artists mostly during the British blues rock scene of the '60s, playing with artists like The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, Alan Price, John Mayall, Zoot Money, and Chicken Shack, before partnering up with multi-instrumentalist Jon Mark in the English jazz/rock group, Mark-Almond Band who were active between 1970 and 1978 and released a few good albums. Johnny died on 18 November 2009 aged 63. "Patent Pending" is a lightweight but good jazz rock album of jazz, blues and funky Stax influenced tracks. See if you can find the Mark-Almond "Other Peoples Rooms" which has a great version of Michael Franks' "Vivaldi's Song". Mark-Almond's "To the Heart" is also a great album with vocals by Jon Mark, and features Billy Cobham on drums


1 Ensingle
2 Before Dawn
3 Voodoo Forest
4 Solar Level
5 To R.K. *
6 Reversed For Two Horns
7 Pequeno Nova
8 Tales Of Junior

All tracks composed by Johnny Almond except "Before Dawn" by Yusef Lateef. * Dedicated to the late jazz multi-instrumentalist, Roland Kirk


Johnny Almond - Tenor, Alto, & Baritone Saxes, Flute, Alto Flute, Organ, Vibes, Bass Clarinet, Mellotron
Jimmy Crawford - Electric Guitar
Steve Hammond - Acoustic & Electric Guitars
Roger Sutton - Bass Guitar, Claves
Johnny Wiggins - Piano, Organ
Alan White - Drums, Native Drum, Congas, Cowbell
Geoff Condon - Trumpet, Flugelhorn


A.O.O.F.C said...


p/w aoofc

ratso said...

Thanks for this. Looking forward to listening...

A.O.O.F.C said...

Cheers,ratso! You're a true connoisseur! TVM & TTU soon...P

Eric said...

Cool post Paul, never saw this release before.
I caught "Roger Sutton" of Nucleus fame on board too.

A.O.O.F.C said...

Hi,Eric. I always find these connections interesting. Did you ever listen to Neil Ardley's "Kaleidoscope Of Rainbows" album. Roger's on that one. The Johnny Almond MM album is very much of it's time (late '60's). Many albums of the genre were released around that time period, but I think the MM album is really well above average and worth posting. TTU soon...P

Eric said...

Hey Paul, Nope, i am aware of Neil Ardley but never have heard that title.
Those guys were pretty active sessioneers back then,hard to keep track of all the various sessions!

Plus the fact here in the states so many things "slipped through the cracks" of time sadly.

A.O.O.F.C said...

True, Eric. Loadsa great American stuff slipped through the European cracks. Still a lot of great music to catch up on!...TTU soon...P