Thursday, October 18, 2012

Jody Grind - One Step On (1969 uk, exciting progressive rock with jazz elements, 2006 japan remaster)

Jody Grind remain vastly understated in musical measure and lyrical overflow.Their story started in 1966 when a group called The News comprising guitarist Ivan Zagni, Andy Fields vox and keyboards, Harvey Platt bass and Denny Royal drums released two singles “The Intertainer” and “I Count The Tears”. The News even included at one time ex Chicago Line Blues Band vocalist Mike Patto which evolved into 

The Continentals with Andy Fields being replaced by Peter Miller and future Zagni looking for a more vibrant conduit. The connection came in 1969 with drummer Barry Wilson and ex Chicago Line Blues Band keyboardist Tim Hinkley, a veteran having played on Bo Street Runner’s “Ready Steady Win” formed the trio Jody Grind and launched their debut One Step On.

The album was a busy affair with Hinkley letting loose and providing the core of their improvised structures. The opening brass riddled trilogy “One Step On” was an austacious pounding with extremely fast leadbreaks by Zagni which included a very speedy rendition of the Stones’ “Paint It Black” featuring Renaissance bassist Louis Cennamo.The highlight was a heavy loaded bluesy lament called “USA”. David Palmer handled the arrangements for the debut that stands out like a mighty warrior, but sadly the swordsman were about to defect. 

After two viciously splendid singles, the Chuck Berry styled “Rock ‘n Roll Man” and “Paint It Black”. Zagni and Wilson were cajoled by ex Renaissance Cennamo to form Bogomas while later Zagni played with Elton Dean. Within six months the group depleted into Blue Whale with Ansley Dunbar keyboardist Tommy Eyre and Juicy Lucy/ Tempest vocalist Paul Williams.The group sessions included Robert Fripp but after their debut Aynsley departed for Frank Zappa. 
by Shiloh Noone
1. One Step On - 18:46
..a.In My Mind
..b.Nothing At All
..d.Paint It Black
2. Little Message - 4:42
3. Night Today - 5:04
4. U.S.A. - 6:40
5. Rock 'n' Roll Man - 4:35
All songs by Tim Hinkley and Ivan Zagni

Jody Grind 
*Tim Hinkley - Organ
*Ivan Zagni - Guitar
*Barry Wilson - Drums
*Louis Cenammo - Bass on 'Paint It Black', 'A Little Message', and 'Rock n Roll Man'.

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