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Gary Windo - Steam Radio Tapes (CD)

Genre: Rock
Release Date: 3rd December 2013

Label: Gonzo
Catalogue Number: HST190CD
Price: £7.99
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Gary Windo - Steam Radio Tapes

Gary Windo was one of those people who never achieved the full recognition due to him. At least, not while he was alive. A highly original musician with an instantly recognizable style, Windo was involved in the seventies with various musicians of the Canterbury scene. Most notable was his work with Robert Wyatt on the albums Rock Bottom (1974) and Ruth Is Stranger Than Richard (1975), and with Hugh Hopper on 1984 (1973) and Hoppertunity Box (1976). 

Windo was born in 1941 into a musical family in Brighton, and began playing music at an early age. He learned to play drums at six, guitar at twelve and saxophone at seventeen. After sailing the world in the Merchant Navy, he settled in New York in 1962, studying tenor sax and music theory with Wayne Marsh and Lennie Tristano. A long period of apprenticeship, both on- and off-stage, followed during the sixties, until he moved back to England in 1969.

In March 1970 he took part in the all-star jam session at Graham Bond’s Sun Festival at The Roundhouse, with Jack Bruce, Mitch Mitchell and Brian Auger. Later that year he was invited to join Keith Tippett's 50-piece orchestra, Centipede and then Chris McGregor's Brotherhood of Breath. In 1971 he and Robert Wyatt formed Symbiosis, a prog-rock jamming band featuring Mongezi Feza, Nick Evans and Roy Babbington.

After playing pub gigs with guitarist Ray Russell's heavy-rock trio The Running Man, Windo recruited Russell for his own Gary Windo Quartet, which also featured Mongezi Feza on trumpet and Alan Rushton on drums. In 1973 he and Robert Wyatt formed the jazz quartet WMWM with pianist Dave MacRae and bassist Ron Matthewson. Windo was about to become a member of Wyatt's new Matching Mole group when Wyatt had his accident and the project was shelved. However, Windo appeared on Wyatt’s subsequent albums, Rock Bottom and Ruth Is Stranger Than Richard.

Meanwhile, Windo continued to tour with the Brotherhood of Breath and the occasional Centipede performance.  He also formed Gary Windo & Friends with his wife Pam Windo on piano, guitarist Richard Brunton, and the rhythm section of Bill MacCormick, Nick Mason and Laurie Allan. This line-up was for a one-off gig at Maidstone College of Art in November 1975 but was the precursor to Windo's Steam Radio Tapes project, recorded between 1976 and 1978 in Pink Floyd’s studio Britannia Row, but never released. Among the participants, along with the aforementioned, were Julie Tippetts, Robert Wyatt, Mike Hugg, Steve Hillage and Hugh Hopper.

In May 1976 Windo played on Hopper's album Hoppertunity Box, and joined him in Carla Bley's band, in time for the European Tour 1977 and the album that followed.  In 1979 the Windos emigrated to America where he continued playing with Carla Bley, notably on Musique Mécanique, as well as various related projects - Michael Mantler's More Movies, Nick Mason's Fictitious Sports. He also recorded the album Loaded Vinyl in Carla Bley’s studio, with Pam Windo and CBB members Steve Swallow and D. Sharpe, but again it remained unreleased. He also appeared on Daevid Allen's New York Gong album, About Time.

Windo spent the subsequent years in America doing copious session work, touring as special guest with rock’n’roll band NRBQ, and with the Psychedelic Furs. He played with Pam Windo & The Shades, and went on to record what would be his first released solo album, Dogface (1982).  An unsung classic, I am very proud to be part of the team that has finally made this peerless record available again.

In 1976 and 1977 Gary recorded the Steam Radio Tapes album at Pink Floyd’s Britannia Row studios with none other than Nick Mason serving as producer and drummer (for selected tracks). Mason remembers: “Brit Row  had just been completed and we were able to do the recordings  as a test sessions to check out all the systems.”


Tracks:
1. Ginkie
2. Come Into My Garden
3. Night Train
4. Stand Fast
5. Sweetest Angel
6. Letting Go
7. Is This the Time?
8. Missy
9. Red River Valley

 



 Review: Gary Windo Review


WINDO, Gary - Steam radio tapes/ Published on 27-01-2014 /


Third and last album of Gary Windo edited by Gonzo Multimedia label, "Steam radio tapes" is actually a forgotten saxophonist disc comes to light more than 35 years after its recording. history of this record in 1976, when Pink Floyd finally have their own recording studio called Britannia Row, west of London. Floyd drummer Nick Mason, is friends with Gary Windo and explains that his group plans to measure the sound quality of the studio by bringing in tests musicians. Types will have their own way to the studio, which entices Gary Windo who landed in Britannia Row with his saxophone and some musician friends to record some songs well. Among the guests are Steve Hillage , Hugh Hopper , Peter van Hooke , Mike Hugg , Laurie Allan , Nick Mason , Terri Quaye , Gary Moberly orJulie Tippetts (born Julie Driscoll, famous for its collaboration with organist Brian Auger in the 60s .) Thus for several weeks, Gary Windo and guests sleep on tape a dozen pieces, mainly of soul and funk obedience. Windo several compositions under his belt, including "Ginkie" , a small instrumental that will officially on his album "Deep water" in 1988. It also pays tribute to the great American saxophonist Jimmy Forrest by taking the biggest hit of the latter, "Night Train" (which was number one in the U.S. in 1952). Otherwise, with guests the likes of Nick Mason, Steve Hillage and others, it operates in the high-level musical interpretation."Letting go" is illuminated with crystal clear voice Julie Tippetts and this is Pam Windo , Gary's wife, who sings on "Is this the time " A good and sensual swaying funk where flows the strident sounds of saxophone. Third woman to intervene, Terri Quaye prints "Come into my garden" a muffled song that contrasts with the discoid frenzy of guitar, sax and rhythm. And Steve Hillage in all this  ? Sumptuous guitar on "Missy" , where he co-starred with Gary Windo in great shape. The style of this album project, excellent as it is, does not really stuck to the British music scene of the time. Too elaborate to be simply likely to interest a disco dance scene then advanced pregnancy, completely away from progressive rock moribund ready to be overwhelmed by the punk, the "Steam radio tapes" will remain a dead letter.Nick Mason is trying to sell the concept well to record labels but opposed him an end of inadmissibility. had to wait nearly four decades to see this album available to the public. This is an opportunity to further explore a little more the musical universe of Gary Windo, definitely a great versatile saxophonist and curious about everything. His untimely death in 1992 removed listeners a character flying high in the brass category.

François Becquart
Country: GB

 Review: GARY WINDO: Steam Dutch review translated


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GARY WINDO - Steam Radio Tapes (1976/2013)
A saxlegende ... 
... and according to some, the best saxophonist ever. Windo is deceased in 1992, among others was part of the Canterbury Scene. So he made in 1971 with Robert Wyatt part of Symbiosis, participated in releases of Matching Mole and solo albums Wyatt and worked with Hugh Hopper and Roy Babbington. In 1976 he received from Nick Mason the opportunity to 'Britannia Row ', the new Pink Floyd studio to record an album and that gave Floyd a chance to test the systems. The album 'Steam Radio Tapes', rare until recently, was the result. 
A very good album, with a lot of jazz and jazz-rock with Canterbury accents. Windo's particular game and its unique saxsound in all nine tracks prominent. Exception is the repetitive 'Is This the Time? " which sings Wyatt, Hopper bark and Mason drums. This track had so could stand. A solo work by Wyatt 
Gonzo Multimedia has chosen to include "Dogface" (1982) and "Deep Water" (1987) again to brengen.Terecht for Windo deserves to live on in our ears . Al is "Steam Radio Tapes' most towards progressive rock. Harry de Vries (what a week 05)
CURRENTLY AVAILABLE AT GONZO:
Steam Radio Tapes
CD - £9.99

Dog Face
CD - £9.99

Deep Water
CD - £9.99

Avant Gardeners
CD - £9.99

 Review: GARY WINDO: Steam German review translated


In April 1976 offered Nick Mason Gary Windo (which can, for example, knows of Robert Wyatt and Hugh Hopper solo discs as expressive saxophone or clarinet) at the brand new Pink Floyd studio in Britannia Row in London for your own recordings to use it. With Brian Humphries and Nick Griffiths on the mixer originated as far as 1978 in, every now and again, when studio time was available, different pieces, which eventually abmischten Mason and Windo to an album. Mason then wanted to find a label for the disc. Too much he has not apparently strained, because the "Steam Radio Tapes", which names were the recordings later, remained unpublished. This reminds a little (or quite strong) to the history of the Jan Dukes de Grey album " Strange Terrain ". 
Numbers from the Windo sessions, however, appeared on compilations, including the Windo samplers " Anglo American "and" His Master's Bones ", but also the Robert Wyatt Collection" Flotsam Jetsam ". In 2013, Gonzo Multimedia have now an album from the material put together that comes close presumably that would have been at that time, published at the end of the 70s. 
A whole series not entirely unknown musicians has Windo then invited into the studio, including Steve Hillage, for example (which here does not spacey rock), Hugh Hopper, Nick Mason (of course) and Bill MacCormick. An interesting mix came out of it. With the solo bass clarinet number "Grinkie" it's pretty minimalist, echoing los repetitive. Then there are humorous Mitklatsch Brass Rocker heard ("Night Train" "Red River Valley"), funky brass jazz-rock ("Stand Fast" - an old Symbiosis number), a jazzy-folky Honky-Tonk Rock Song ("Sweetest Angel") and all sorts of jazzy Canterbury Prog, usually provided with easier Brassrock atmosphere with singing ("Come into my garden," "Missy", "Letting Go" and "Is this the time?"). The high points is the amazing groovy "Is this the time?" with Robert Wyatt. 
"Steam Radio Tapes" is a fun disc with British Jazzprog that should appeal especially Canterbuty lovers well, or at least in those circles will be regarded as a welcome complement of the collection.Windos richly varied, mostly very passionate Saxspiel is always worth listening to, which is also true for Hopper's bass lines. In short: Not earth shattering, but very nice.
CURRENTLY AVAILABLE AT GONZO:
Steam Radio Tapes
CD - £9.99

Dog Face
CD - £9.99

Deep Water
CD - £9.99

Avant Gardeners
CD - £9.99

 Review: GARY WINDO: Steam Radio Tapes, US review





STEAM RADIO TAPES
(Gary Windo)

Label(s):
Gonzo Import
Genre:

Jazz

Release Date:
Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Grade:
A-

Format:
LP

Tracks:
9

The Steam Radio Tapes from Gary Windo has an interesting origins story (as can be found in the liner notes of the CD sleeve). It grabs your attention by mentioning that Nick Mason (Pink Floyd) invited Windo to record his music at Floyd’s new state of the art music studio, Britannia Row, and that some of the music was even glossed over by Mason and Waters as Windo impressed both (including Floyd’s manager and engineer) to the point that they wanted to get in on the action.

Despite being an album that seemed destined to not find an audience I was glad that it did, on the Gonzo Import label. The album is a smooth nine tracks that feature Windo’s mastery of both the Tenor Sax and Alto Sax, as well as the Bass Clarinet. It only helped that Windo was joined by a revolving door of great musicians as he recorded his masterpieces over the years.

Steam Radio Tapes is filled with a lot of Funky Jazz Blues that simply comes off as jam sessions filled with raw energy and power. From the opening track, Ginkie, which is an instrumental tune that goes down smooth and relaxing to the funky bass lead “Is This The Time?” which features a monochromatic chorus hypnotizing against a sax performance that has so much soul that you can find yourself getting caught up in the spirit of the performance.

Sometimes, when you look back on music from yesteryear, in contrast with the sometimes soulless cookie cutter music of today, you’re easily able to find yourself enveloped in the mood of the music, the movement of what it was like to know this might be your only shot at making some really great. No filler pleas for attention from radio, no easy going feeling that you can add useless stuff in just to grab as many audiences as you can get, but to really just play from the heart. I think this album truly reflects that. Windo given the opportunity to test out Floyd’s new equipment as sort of a favor and having come in at a place and time when he was looking to record some music. All the elements together made for a great set of tunes well worth checking out. Enjoy.

Review by AJ Garcia 

 Review: GARY WINDO: Reviews


http://jpsmusicblog.blogspot.com/2014/03/cd-review-gonzo-multimedia-brings-back.html

SUNDAY, MARCH 2, 2014


CD Review: Gonzo Multimedia Brings Back The Excellent Musicianship Of Gary Windo

U.K. tenor saxophonist Gary Windo was born into the music industry. At age six, his journey began with him taking up the drums and the accordion. By age twelve he played guitar and at 17, mastered the tenor sax. He performed with a number of bands, including The Psychedelic Furs, NRBQ, as well as his own jazz band, the Gary Windo Quartet. He met an untimely death in 1992 from a massive asthma attack and now his music is being rediscovered with the newly released "Steam Radio Tapes." The new album was released late last year by Gonzo Multimedia and features Windo performing along side such great musicians as Pink Floyd's Nick Mason and Soft Machine's Robert Wyatt.
The nine-song release displays some of the best performances of Gary Windo, including the two-minute opener "Ginke." The song showcases a side of Windo in which he seems to be enjoying to be able to stretch his musical boundaries. Windo lends a hand to the King Crimson sound of "Come Into My Garden" and then moves on to a Zappa-esque "Night Train." Nick Mason lays the groundwork for the seventies sounding funk of "Night Train," then adds Wyatt's signature vocals to the more Floydian feel of "Is This The Time?" The album closes with an uptempo cover of the traditional folk song "Red River Valley" in which Windo leads the way.

To also celebrate the release of these newly discovered recordings, Gonzo Multimedia is re-releasing Windo's first two (long out of print) albums. His debut solo album "Dogface" was originally released in 1982 as he was one of the touring members of NRBQ. This album features Windo working alongside bands like NRBQ and The K9's on originals like "Puppy Kisses" and "The Husky." Windo seemed to have the most fun performing other people's songs like "Guard Duty," "Hound Dog" and "Baxter." The enjoyment of this record is summed up in the classic fifties sound of "That's All" featuring lead vocals by Al Anderson.
Gary Windo's second solo album "Deep Water" is where he came into is own as a band leader. On this release, he successfully fused jazz and rock without positioning his music into one certain category. It also features some of Windo's finest singing as in the opener "Deep Water" and in the modern rock of "Don't Bite Too Hard (You're Teeth Are Too Sharp)." The music of "Subway Love" fits the eighties decade perfectly, while "Breakfast In Bed" adds a Middle Eastern flair to his sound. The album closes with a pulsating, spot-on version of The Psychedelic Furs' "Sister Europe."
To find out more about these great new releases, please visithttp://www.gonzomultimedia.com/artists/Gary%20Windo.


CURRENTLY AVAILABLE AT GONZO:

Steam Radio Tapes
CD - £9.99

Dog Face
CD - £9.99

Deep Water
CD - £9.99

 Review: GARY WINDO: US Reviews



Windo, Gary: Steam Radio Tapes
In 1976 Pink Floyd's Nick Mason offered the band's Britannia Row studios to bass clarinetist and tenor saxophonist Gary Windo, who had previously formed Symbiosis in 1971 with Robert Wyatt, a progressive rock jam band. Windo took up Mason on his offer and recorded Steam Radio Tapes in '76 and '77. Mason says, "Brit Row had just been completed and we were able to do the recordings as a test sessions to check out the system." Mason produced and played drums on some of the tracks. Mason tried to sell the album to the record companies but to no avail. Apparently, the world was not ready for Gary Windo's eclectic brand of jazz rock. Throughout the years some of these tunes have appeared on various compilations but have never been released as was intended in the late '70s. Fast forward to 2014 and its release on Gonzo Multimedia. 

The album begins with the short "Ginkie" replete with Windo's repeated clarinet lines, simple but intelligent. "Come Into My Garden" is a nice jazz rock tune with excellent guitar from Steve Hillage (Gong) and Windo's patented saxophone bursts. Windo slows it down in the pretty ballads "Sweetest Angel" and "Letting Go" while "Night Train" boasts bubbly organ and more sumptuous brass from Windo. One of my personal favourites is the jazz rock flavoured "Is This The Time?" featuring the vocals of Wyatt, Pam Windo and Terri Quaye. It also contains some of Windo's best sax work on the album.

Steam Radio Tapes should have wide range appeal to fans of '70s jazz rock as well as those prog fans into the Canterbury scene. I hope you like it as much as I do.


Track Listing: 
1. Ginkie 
2. Come Into My Garden 
3. Night Train 
4. Stand Fast 
5. Sweetest Angel 
6. Letting Go 
7. Is This The Time? 
8. Missy 
9. Red River Valley

Added: March 3rd 2014
Reviewer: Jon Neudorf
Score:
Related Link: Label's Official Site
Hits: 11
Language: english 






Windo, Gary: Dogface

Before releasing his first solo album Dogface, Gary Windo had performed with many artists like NRBQ (New Rhythm & Blues Quartet), Suzi Quatro, Carla Bley Band and many others. Dogface was recorded in 1982 and features members of NRBQ and multiple line ups of Pam Windo and The Shades. 

Windo's sense of humour is readily apparent from the album cover; a photo of Windo distorting his face to apparently look to like a dog. This is a pseudo concept album of sorts as all the tracks have something to do with dogs in their titles.

This is a rocking album although at times a bit too experimental for my liking. The title track and "Hound" both have too much 'noise' for my liking with wild saxophone embellishments throughout. The shouting voices in the title track also didn't do much for me. On a positive note there are some highlights; a revved up version of Presley's "Don't Be Cruel", the punk inspired "The Husky" and the feel good R&B of "Guard Duty". I suppose I can identify with the songs containing more structure rather the ones with a lack thereof.

For me, Dogface is a hit and miss affair and will not be for everyone. I will say, however, Windo is one of the most talented brass players I have heard and he certainly knows how to push the envelope. For that, he deserves much credit indeed.


Track Listing: 
1. Puppy Kisses (4:32) 
2. Feela Dog (2:53) 
3. Guard Duty (3:39) 
4. Rex And Spot Meet The International Bitches (5:59) 
5. Hound (4:07) 
6. Dogface (2:25) 
7. The Husky (3:09) 
8. Don't Be Cruel (3:37) 
9. Baxter (2:35) 
10. That's All (4:12) 
11. Lassie Breaks Out (3:07)

Added: March 3rd 2014
Reviewer: Jon Neudorf
Score:
CURRENTLY AVAILABLE AT GONZO:
Steam Radio Tapes
CD - £9.99

 

Dog Face
CD - £9.99

 

Deep Water
CD - £9.99

 Review: GARY WINDO: Steam German review translated


http://rocktimes.de/gesamt/w/gary_windo/steam_radio_tapes.html

Gary Windo / Steam Radio Tapes
Steam Radio Tapes Playing time: 40:20
Format: CD
Label: Gonzo Multimedia, 2014 (1976-1978)
Style: Canterbury Prog, Fusion




Review on 18/02/2014 Wolfgang Giese


The British is indeed rumored that they are eccentric. That may certainly be true and often also among musicians there are definite examples of this. Does that perhaps for the saxophonist Gary Windo ? Windo , born in Brighton, lived from 7 November 1941 until 25 July 1992. After an early start with drums, accordion and guitar he switched to the saxophone at the age of seventeen. Some well-known musical stations were: Brotherhood Of Breath (1970-73), Centipede (1970-75), Matching Mole (1973), Robert Wyatt , Carla Bley band (1977-80), NRBQ (1981-92) and Psychedelic Furs ( 1982) as well as several solo albums. Carla Bley called Windo »the best saxophone player I had heard."
        
And how did it came to the recordings of the present disc, with this concentrated collection of celebrities? In 1976, as was Nick Mason musician offering to take in Britannia Row Studio. So it was also that Mason played drums, understand three pieces of this album. Recordings of the next two years followed - here they are assembled and form a wild mix of different styles.
Thus variety is on the one hand almost continuously offered, but on the other hand, this also means a little 'messing' for me. Reminds me "Ginkie", the opener, yet very strong and pleasant to the British colleague John Surman , it floats through the second title somehow the spirit of Soft Machine . Even the vocals of Terri Quaye was built to commemorate me a little in the expression of Robert Wyatt .This however, there is on the jazz-rock title "Is This The Time?" listen to one with Nick Mason and, as in many other parts also, with Hugh Hopper fed a growling bass.
Quite out of the frame falling and I'm so not wanting to predict is the processing of one of the classics of Rhythm & Blues - I mean, "Night Train", which here simply dahingeschludert seems to me - recorded with little feeling is that over, because there are better versions . Garnished with rock keyboard shreds offers "Stand Fast", a little country bonds have been made even in "Sweetest Angel", but only as a small ingredient.
Overall, one can put the music roughly in the Canterbury prog-corner, with many ingredients from jazz, prog fusion perhaps? Julie Tippetts ( Driscoll ) brings her vocal variation in the almost poppy and nice sounding futuristic "Letting Go" and "Red River Valley" sounds like the band already almost as Johnny And The Hurricanes .
Well , a mix of ups and downs, but some items are interesting but already. His class as a saxophonist can Gary Windo largely not develop in these photographs.
Line-up:
Gary Windo (bass clarinet - # 1.2, tenor sax - # 2-9, alto sax - # 2, rainstick - # 4, vocals - # 5, gong - # 7, African flute - # 8 )
Nick Griffiths (bells - # 1)
Steve Hillage (lead guitar - # 2.8)
Terri Quaye (vocals - # 2.7)
Gary Moberly (piano - # 2,5,8, electric piano - # 5)
Mike Hugg (clavinet - # 2, organ - # 3, synthesizer - # 4)
Hugh Hopper (bass - # 2-5,7-9)
Peter Van Hooke (drums - # 2,4,8)
Laurie Allen (drums - # 3 , 5.9)
Harry Beckett (flugelhorn - # 4)
Lindy Mason (flute - # 4)
Richard Brunton (guitar - # 4-9)
Nana Tsboe (cabasa, congas - # 4)
Lati Oto (cowbell - # 4)
Nick Mason (drums - # 4,6,7)
Carla Bley (piano - # 5)
Julie Tippett (vocal - # 6)
Pam Windo (piano - # 6.7, vocals - # 7)
Bill MacCormick (bass - # 6, 8)
Robert Wyatt (vocal - # 7)
Tracklist
01: Ginkie [Gary Windo]
02: Come Into My Garden [Pam Windo]
03: Night Train [Jimmy Forrest]
04: Standfast [Gary Windo]
05: Sweetest Angel [Gary Windo]
06: Letting Go [Pam Windo]
07 : Is This the Time? [Pam Windo]
08: Missy [Gary Windo]
09: Red River Valley [Traditional]
Steam Radio Tapes
CD - £9.99

Dog Face
CD - £9.99

Deep Water
CD - £9.99

 Review: Gary Windo UK review


http://www.terrascope.co.uk/Reviews/Rumbles_April_14.htm

"Dogface," "Deep Water" and "Steam Radio Tapes" collects the work of noted sax player and session man from decades past Gary Windo, whose credits include a long line of the great and the good, not least Nick Mason and Robert Wyatt. Inevitably filled with jazz chops and the atmosphere of smoky late-night bars, the music (mostly instrumental, though with vocal inclusions) evokes in particular the world of Canterbury bands and the 'seventies jazz fusion scene. "Steam Radio Tapes" has an astonishing guest list - Mason and Wyatt, plus Julie Driscoll, and others. The story here is that Nick Mason wanted to test the new Floyd studios, so he asked Windo to make an album there, ending up playing all the drums. The music is jazzy and funky. "Deep Water" is a different kettle of jazz fish - more of an eighties production, the cuts not so inspired, with the exception of the violin-enhanced 'Breakfast In Bed.' "Dogface" is by far the best of the trio, with energy to spare. A live feel pervades the whole album, though this is studio work. Great stuff.
CURRENTLY AVAILABLE AT GONZO:
Steam Radio Tapes
CD - £9.99
Dog Face
CD - £9.99
Deep Water
CD - £9.99

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