Mayall, John & The Bluesbreakers

Led by John Mayall, the Bluesbreakers were a virtual who's-who of the British blues and jazz scene. The band that recorded 1968's Bare Wires eventually morphed into Colosseum.

Founded: 1933

Location: Macclesfield, Cheshire, England

Website: John Mayall - Welcome to the Official John Mayall Website!

Missus Beastly

Missus Beastly had two distinct eras during their existence; the first early one produced their debut, an album of atypical psychedelic rock for its time, and the second a much more promising fusion sound similar to Embryo.

Founded: 1968

Location: Herford, Germany

Mogul Thrash

James Litherland led band from Scotland, featured John Wetton on bass and the "Dundee Horns", Roger Ball and Malcolm Duncan. Eponymous album is much in the vein of Colosseum's horn rock.

Founded: 1969

Location: Dundee, Scotland

Moraz Bruford

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Collaboration between two one-time Yes members.

Founded: 1983

Location: London, England


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Arguably one of the first "fusion" bands, Ian Carr's Nucleus were Britian's parallel to Miles Davis' electric bands of the early '70s. Trumpeter Carr came to prominence in the 60s with saxophonist Don Rendell. A veritible "who's who" of British jazz, Nucleus catalog stretches into the 1980s.

Founded: 1969

Location: England

Website: Home-iancarrsnucleus

Pappert, Johannes

Sax player from Kraan

Founded: 1949

Location: Germany

Website: Johannes Pappert on Myspace


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Featuring namesake Mike Patto on vocals and Ollie Halsall on guitar along with the rhythm section of Clive Griffiths and John Halsey, Patto began when the members of Deram-signed Timebox signed with Vertigo Records. Their debut album was produced by Muff Winwood, but despite the pedigree, success would remain elusive for this blistering live act. Halsall and Patto would later form Boxer with Tony Newman and Keith Ellis, while Halsey and Halsall would become Rutles.

Founded: 1970

Location: London, England

Website: Patto and Timebox Fan Site

Perigeo, Il

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Hailing from Rome, Perigeo was one of Italy's finest fusion bands.

Founded: 1971

Location: Rome, Italy

RIP Jon Hiseman

From his early days with Graham Bond and John Mayall, Jon Hiseman went on to lead Colosseum and Tempest to the heights of jazz-rock. He later worked with his wife Barbara Thompson, and most recently reunited with Clem Clempson and Mark Clarke in JCM. My condolences to his family and friends.


Led by Dave Lawson, the reminants of Web were rechristened for one eponymous album, a classic of the era.

Founded: 1971

Location: England