Zoot Money
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Il pianista Zoot Money (George Bruno Money) fu l'esponente piu` noto di una versione clownesca del rhythm and blues. Giunto a Londra, si arruolo` nella legione blues di Alexis Korner e poi formo` una sua Big Roll Band, che ottenne un timido successo con Big Time Operator (1965). Sul primo album, Live At Klooks Kleek (CBS, 1966), la band comprendeva Nick Newall al sax, Colin Allen alla batteria e Andy Summers alla chitarra. Johnny Almond suono` nell'ultima line-up della Big Roll Band. Poi Bruno formo` i Dantalian's Chariot (un trio con Summers e Allen) per inseguire la nuova moda del 1967, la psichedelia. Il bizzarro singolo The Madman Running Through The Fields usci` nel settembre 1967, all'apice del fenomeno. Bruno e Summers si trasferirono a San Francisco, dove accompagnarono Eric Burdon. Nel 1970 Money lascio` Burdon e registro` Welcome To My Head. Suono` anche il grand piano su End of the Game di Peter Green. Poi inizio` a fare da session-man, riuscendo sempre a lasciare un'impronta personale, in particolare su In Living Black And White (Virgin, 1976) di Kevin Coyne. (Translated and updated by Ellie Buchanan)

Piano player and organist Zoot Money (George Bruno Money) was the most colourful exponent of early British rhythm and blues, legendary for his outrageous live appearances. Born in Bournemouth to Italian parents, he moved to London in the early 1960s where he worked with Alexis Korner's Blues Incorporated in between spells with his own Big Roll Band, with whom he had a minor hit ('Big Time Operator') in 1965. On their first album, 'Live At Klooks Kleek' (CBS, 1966, produced by Gus Dudgeon), the band comprised Nick Newall on sax, Colin Allen on drums and Andy Summers on guitar, joined by Johnny Almond in later line-ups of the Big Roll Band. Money went on to form Dantalian's Chariot, (a psychedelic trio with Summers and Allen), in response to the new mood of 1967. In September 1967, at the height of the "summer of love", they released a typically bizarre single, 'Madman Running Through the Fields'. The trio broke up soon after and Money and Summers moved to San Francisco to join Eric Burdon's New Animals for a spell. In 1970 Zoot released his first solo album, 'Welcome to My Head'. He also played grand piano on Peter Green's jazz-rock masterpiece End of the Game. By this time he was also in demand as a session man, always managing to leave his personal stamp on a recording, in particular on Kevin Coyne's 'In Living Black And White' (Virgin, 1976). During the 1970s Zoot Money developed a parallel career as a film actor, which has continued to the present day. The past thirty years have seen him continue to record and perform, both as a featured artist with fellow 1960s stars such as Spencer Davis and Alan Price and in his own right with the Big Roll Band, who are enjoying a renaissance as Zoot introduces his unique brand of blues to a new generation.

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