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Written by Matt   
Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Gary Windo - Steam Radio Tapes Gonzo Multimedia is releasing three rare albums by the late sax legend Gary Windo, one of which features Robert Wyatt and Pink Floyd's Nick Mason. Windo was a highly original musician with an instantly recognizable style, and was involved in the Seventies with many icons of the British jazz and rock genres, including the Canterbury scene, but who sadly passed away in 1992.

Windo was born in Brighton, England in 1941, into a musical family, and learned to play drums at 6, guitar at 12, and saxophone at 17. After sailing the world in the Merchant Navy, he settled in New York in 1962. A long period of apprenticeship, on and off-stage, followed during the Sixties, until he moved back to England in 1969. In March 1970, he took part in Graham Bond's all-star Sun Festival, with Jack Bruce, Mitch Mitchell, and Brian Auger. In 1971, he and Robert Wyatt formed Symbiosis, a prog-rock jamming band.

By 1973, Windo was playing pub gigs with Ray Russell's heavy-rock trio The Running Man, and working with Robert Wyatt on the jazz quartet WMWM, with pianist Dave MacRae and bassist Ron Matthewson. He played on Hugh Hopper’s album 1984, and was about to join Wyatt on his new Matching Mole group when Wyatt had his accident. The Wyatt-Windo collaboration continued on Wyatt’s subsequent solo albums, Rock Bottom (1974) and Ruth Is Stranger than Richard (1975).

In November of 1975, Windo formed Gary Windo & Friends for a one-off gig at Maidstone College of Art, with his wife Pam Windo on piano, guitarist Richard Brunton, and the rhythm section of Bill MacCormick, Nick Mason, and Laurie Allan. This group was the precursor to Windo's next album, which until now has never been released.

In 1976, Nick Mason offered Gary Windo time in Pink Floyd's brand new Britannia Row studio, which would give Windo the opportunity to make this album, and Pink Floyd the chance to test the new systems. Nick Mason both produced and played drums, and with his typical sense of humour, Windo would call the album Steam Radio Tapes.

You can place your order for this album, finally released and available as a CD or MP3 download, right now through these direct links: Amazon UK, Amazon.com, Amazon.ca, Amazon France, Amazon Germany, Amazon Espana and Amazon Italy. Anything bought at Amazon after going to their sites using our links gives a small but vital contribution toward the ongoing running costs of Brain Damage, without costing you any extra, and we really appreciate it.

 
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