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    Posted: May 09 2008 at 03:15
I've just stumbled upon the name of David Sancious.  Never heard of him before.  Apparently, he was part of Bruce Springsteen's E-Street band, before going on to create a number of supposedly stellar jazz fusion albums in the 70's.  Does anyone know about this fellow and heard his music?  If so, what's the verdict?   
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 09 2008 at 03:26
The verdict: Sancious is an ace musician who recorded a bunch of hot, hot fusion albums: Forest Of Feelings, Just As I Thought, Dance...Enlightenment, and heck, I even like True Stories (billed as David Sancious & Tone). Forest Of Feelings is probably still OOP. If you can find it, get Just As I Thought. David is a wicked keyboardist/pianist who also rips it up on guitar!

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 09 2008 at 07:25
I think I first heard of him when he was working with Jon Anderson. 

I did get my first Solo/Tone album, Transformation (The Speed of Love) last year.  One of those "stellar jazz fusion albums" from the 70's.  Enjoyed it. 

He's got a web site BTW: http://www.davidsancious.com/

Looked him up on the Wiki.  Totally oblivious to his working with Stanley Clarke, Peter Gabriel, and Sting.  I've got more of him in my collection than I realized. Big%20smile


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 09 2008 at 17:31
Most under-rated, over-looked musician in prog.  I've followed him since the Springsteen days and he's a master on keyboards and simply stunning on guitar.  Sancious is a great musician relagated to playing a second fiddle sideman behind "superstars" Ermm who couldn't even carry his lunch.  There's great music on all of his solo albums but "True Stories" and "Forest of Feelings" (both mostly keyboard) are my favorites.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 09 2008 at 21:01
Originally posted by oddentity oddentity wrote:

I've just stumbled upon the name of David Sancious.  Never heard of him before.  Apparently, he was part of Bruce Springsteen's E-Street band, before going on to create a number of supposedly stellar jazz fusion albums in the 70's.  Does anyone know about this fellow and heard his music?  If so, what's the verdict?   


Sancious was also Sting's keyboardist for a few discs.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 09 2008 at 21:35

 

Is there any particular reason why he isnít included on this site?   On paper, his music sounds very proggy to me.  A combination of Mahavishnu-type fusion, Yes-type prog and Gospel style vocals, or so Iíve been told.   The album covers and song titles look suitably cosmic and enticing as well.    Why he is almost invisible, here and everywhere else?         

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 10 2008 at 06:20
Originally posted by oddentity oddentity wrote:

 

Is there any particular reason why he isnít included on this site?   On paper, his music sounds very proggy to me.  A combination of Mahavishnu-type fusion, Yes-type prog and Gospel style vocals, or so Iíve been told.   The album covers and song titles look suitably cosmic and enticing as well.    Why he is almost invisible, here and everywhere else?         


The slackers around here responsible just haven't gotten around to it yet?  I did a search and found threads where he was "suggested" in 2004 and was "under evaluation" in 2005.  The threads got no responses other than one from the initiator.  You haven't made collaborator status, so you can only access one of these, I think.  I hate to say this, but there may also be some prejudice going on here intentional or not.  Jimi Hendrix has also been pushed for by many members, but smacked down.  Of course, in his case I can understand the musical arguments against.  Sanctious has never been smacked down or hardly even paid any attention to, as evidenced by those two threads.  I think I'm going to re-awaken those threads.

http://www.progarchives.com/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=709&KW=David+Sancious

http://www.progarchives.com/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=11611&KW=David+Sancious

There's also these ones, he did get more responses on these:

http://www.progarchives.com/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=31610&KW=David+Sancious

http://www.progarchives.com/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=708&KW=David+Sancious

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Sancious was also Sting's keyboardist for a few discs.

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Psst, I already mentioned that. Big%20smile
Also, didn't actually realize that until I looked him up online.


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 10 2008 at 08:12
Member of a number of supergroup jazz fusion bands e.g.:

McLaughlin, Bruce, Cobham, Sancious
Cobham, Bruce, Sancious, Lockwood, Holdsworth

alas no legit recordings from those during the  period late 70's early 80's - although one would hope Montreux Jazz Festival archives hold a recording of the latter
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 10 2008 at 08:55
Originally posted by Dick Heath Dick Heath wrote:

Member of a number of supergroup jazz fusion bands e.g.:

McLaughlin, Bruce, Cobham, Sancious
Cobham, Bruce, Sancious, Lockwood, Holdsworth

alas no legit recordings from those during the  period late 70's early 80's - although one would hope Montreux Jazz Festival archives hold a recording of the latter


I was not even aware of those, the Montreux Jazz Festival archives have yielded some nice surprises recently: Dixie Dregs and Mahavishnu Orchestra live videos.  I bet there's some others I'm unawares of.


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 10 2008 at 15:25
Originally posted by Dick Heath Dick Heath wrote:

Member of a number of supergroup jazz fusion bands e.g.:

McLaughlin, Bruce, Cobham, Sancious
Cobham, Bruce, Sancious, Lockwood, Holdsworth

alas no legit recordings from those during the  period late 70's early 80's - although one would hope Montreux Jazz Festival archives hold a recording of the latter
There is the "Jack Bruce and Friends" dvd from a concert in Germany in the early 80's.  That one featured Bruce, Cobham, Sancious and Clem Clempson on guitar (the pkg. notes also says Larry Coryell perfomred on the show but I've looked and can't find him on my copy). Sancious plays keys and some decent guitar on the dvd.
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 10 2008 at 15:49
Originally posted by dwill123 dwill123 wrote:

Originally posted by Dick Heath Dick Heath wrote:

Member of a number of supergroup jazz fusion bands e.g.:

McLaughlin, Bruce, Cobham, Sancious
Cobham, Bruce, Sancious, Lockwood, Holdsworth

alas no legit recordings from those during the  period late 70's early 80's - although one would hope Montreux Jazz Festival archives hold a recording of the latter
There is the "Jack Bruce and Friends" dvd from a concert in Germany in the early 80's.  That one featured Bruce, Cobham, Sancious and Clem Clempson on guitar (the pkg. notes also says Larry Coryell perfomred on the show but I've looked and can't find him on my copy). Sancious plays keys and some decent guitar on the dvd.
 


I need to check but the recently released 3 CD set Jack Bruce At The BBC may include part of a disc with that line-up? I saw the McLaughlin et al line-up at London's Rainbow Theatre. Don't remember Sancious but I do remember McLaughlin ripping into a couple of solos on Cream tunes, literally playing from the hip.
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