Thursday, 13 January 2011

Morrissey Mullen ''Badness''

Morrissey Mullen Badness

Morrissey Mullen

( LP Beggars Banquet Records, 1981 )
Catalog # BEGA 27

A1 Do Like You 5:01
A2 Dragonfly 4:51
A3 Stay Awhile 4:59
A4 Blue Tears 5:25
B1 Badness 4:27
B2 Pass The Music On 4:10
B3 Slipstream 7:13

This LP by Dick Morrissey on sax & flute and Jim Mullen on guitar
has been released on the Beggars Banquet label in 1981,
additional players are John Critchinson on keyboards,
Clive Chaman on bass, Chris Ainsworth on drums,
Chris Fletcher on drums and Linda Taylor on vocals.

Format:Vinyl, LP

* 1976: Up (Embryo Records)
* 1979: Cape Wrath
* 1981: Badness
* 1982: Life on the Wire
* 1983: It’s About Time
* 1983: After Dark
* 1985: This Must Be the Place
* 1988: Happy Hour
* 2003: Everything Must Change: The Definitive Collection

Some info:
Morrissey Mullen was a British jazz-funk/fusion group of the seventies and eighties.
Considered one of the most popular jazz groups in London, the band was led by Dick Morrissey on tenor and soprano saxes and flute, and Jim Mullen on guitar, who joined forces in 1975 and played together for some 16 years, during which they came to be known as "Mr Sax and Captain Axe" because of their hallmark based around "duels" or calls and responses between guitar and sax.
The band began in New York City where Dick Morrissey and Jim Mullen were recording and touring with their mutual friends in the Average White Band and Herbie Mann.
Coinciding with the recording and release of the first of seven Morrissey Mullen albums (plus two EPs), Up (Atlantic, 1977), which featured the guys from AWB as a rhythm section, plus Luther Vandross and Cissy Houston on vocals, together with some of the New York scene’s top session musicians, the Morrissey Mullen band spent eight months in New York. A six-week residency at New York’s famed Mikell's, attracted the attention of many of the top musicians of the day, with Boz Scaggs, David Sanborn, Steve Gadd, Steve Ferrone, Richard Tee, George Benson, Ray Barretto, Michael Brecker and Randy Brecker, among others dropping by for a jam.
On their return to the United Kingdom, and shunning the gruelling road, Morrissey Mullen concentrated on the small-club/pub circuit, with sell-out gigs at the venues they played at, including a residency at The Half Moon, Putney for many years. In 1979, EMI commissioned them to enter the Abbey Road recording studios to make "Britain's first digitally-recorded single record", a cover of the Rose Royce hit "Love Don't Live Here Anymore". Their 1981 album Badness reached number one in the UK disco charts.
The band featured heavily in the live sessions of Night Owls, a BBC Radio 2 programme presented by jazz writer and tenor saxophonist Dave Gelly.
M&M's backing band had various regular line-ups over its many years in existence, featuring British jazz musicians such as Martin Drew on drums, John Mole (ex-Colosseum II) on bass, and Pete Jacobsen, John Critchinson, Martin Blackwell or John Burch on piano (with whom Dick Morrissey would also form an octet in 1984).
Although early members of the band had included two top session musicians from New Zealand, Frank Gibson, Jr. on drums and Bruce Lynch on bass, the band was also a springboard for a new generation of young British musicians, including Chris Fletcher on percussion, Gary Husband on drums, Claire Hamill and Carol Kenyon as vocalists (both on whom appeared with Dick Morrissey on the 1981 Jon & Vangelis album The Friends of Mr. Cairo), Tessa Niles, and Noel McCalla among others.
Dick Morrissey’s failing health required too many visits to hospital for the band to be viable. When M&M finally dissolved in 1988, Jim Mullen and Dick Morrissey continued meeting up for jam sessions with what they called, in their characteristically easy-going style, “Our Band”, usually featuring the same musicians that had accompanied them in M&M.
They appeared together at the 1991 Cork Jazz Festival in the Metropole Hotel in Cork, Ireland.
Badness is the third album released by British jazz fusion duo Morrissey-Mullen. Released in 1981, it entered the UK Album Charts on 18 July 1981 at no. 65, eventually reaching no. 57.
From Wikipedia

Source: Internet

By Pier


Anonymous said...


Andy said...

Nice one Pier,all the albums are good.
Love don't live here anymore available here,ripped from my vinyl.

JazzyPier said...

Thank you Andy!


...grazie mille, non lo comoscevo....

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