About BRAND X
Percy Jones was made famous by composing for and playing with the English band Brand X. Since then he has performed with various other artists, including Brian Eno and Bill Frisell. He also hascompact discs out of his own projects, including the band Tunnels,and is considered to be one of the greatest bass players in the world by Bass Player magazine.
John Goodsall began playing guitar at age 7 and at 15 he started his first band, Babylon, with members that would later become Joe Cocker's Grease Band. He then began touring extensively, first with Alan Brown, then with its chart topping band Atomic Rooster. While only recording one album with Rooster "Nice 'n' Greasy", John was no stranger to the studio. In London, his session work would eventually cross path with Rob Lumley and Pete Bonas, the players that would become Brand X. After Brand X's World tour (the last with Phil Collins), John came to L.A. and re-emerged into the session scene. His session experience includes such name as: Bill Bruford, Peter Gabriel, Billy Idol, Bryan Adams, Toni Basil, Mark Isham...and the release of two albums with his solo project Fire Merchants, before re-forming with Brand X and recording X-Communication and Manifest Destiny.
Robin Lumley started his career as a live-concert pianist for David Bowie and the Spiders From Mars, and became a busy London studio session player, eventually forming the highly successful jazz-rock band Brand X. in 1975 he recorded his first album "Marscape". Robin performed with Brand X until the early eighties. He also performed with Rod Argent, John G Perry and produced some tracks for Bill Buford. In 1994, he moved to Australia and began operating a music-to-picture partnership which composes and produces screen music of all kinds.
Peter Robinson (Trilogy only) Born in England, J. Peter Robinson studied piano at The Royal Academy of Music, London. That's where he met Paul Buckmaster. After graduation, he was picked to play the Tchaikovsky festival in Moscow but he refused saying he wanted to play jazz and rock. He currently enjoys an illustrious career as a film and television composer.
Phil Collins (Trilogy only) does not need much introducing, but Trilogy does feature a live recording made after Product was released in May 1979, which was followed by a brief tour where Phil played, which took in two dates in the UK and a quick thrash round the more sophisticated music cities of the USA.
Kenwood Dennard (Timeline only) was born in Brooklyn, New York, March 1, 1956. the son of professional singers. Kenwood began playing piano at age 3, and drums at age 8. He started private studies on the piano at age 5, and on the drums at age 9. He started his career at age 11 as drummer for the gospel-soul group "Listen My Brother", which also included Luther Vandross, Nat Adderly Jr. and Carlos Alomar, all teenager at the time. They appeared at The Apollo Theatre, Avery Fisher Hall and The Filmore East. Kenwood attended Berklee, and after graduating he joined the Pat Martino Group, recording the album "Joyous Lake". One year later he performed world-wide and recorded the album "Livestock" with the British fusion group Brand-X.
Morris Pert (Timeline only) was trained as a classical percussionnist, he joined Brand X from 1977 to 1979 around that period he did a lot of session work around London in particular he recorded and performed with Mike Oldfield, John Anderson "Song of Seven," where he played drums also, Gerry Rafferty and Japanese percussionnist Stomu Umashaya. Morris Pert, later worked with Peter Gabriel on his solo albums from 1980 and 1982.
Franz Pusch (Trilogy only) has taken advantage of the evolution of computers and their vastly increased memory capacity to produce elaborate audio programs from sampled sounds. He works with many recording technologies and in particular provides complete libraries of binaural sound recorded with HEAD HMS artificial heads and with other techniques. Samples are recorded and placed in memory. With MIDI control, up to 150 of these samples can be accessed and played back in "real time".
Marc Wagnon (Trilogy only) Born in Switzerland, Marc studied classical percussion at the Geneva Conservatory while performing as a drummer in several jazz-rock formations. Marc moved to the United States in the early eighties to study at the Berklee College of Music where he specialized on the vibraphone and percussion. He soon moved to New York City where the cultural diversity influenced him in his playing and compositions. His first group in New York, Shadowlines, includes such prestigious musicians as Dave Kikoski, Ray Anderson, and Dave Douglas. Marc has performed and recorded extensively in the United States, South America and Europe with Shadowlines; the avant-rock group Dr Nerve; Brand X; and Tunnels.Marc also teaches percussion, improvisation and electronic music in New York and Europe.
Frank Katz According to drummer Mike Clark:"Frank Katz is one of the most exciting discoveries since Jack Dejohnette and Tony Williams."Frank started playing drums at the age of six and appeared onhis first album at the age of seventeen. Two years later Frank joined the faculty of the Drummers Collective, the internationally renowned school for drums and percussion in NYC. Frank has toured extensively with Brand X and appears on their 1992 release X Communication and their latest album Manifest Destiny.