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Mick Stevens - Fretless Bass

Although Mick was born in the UK he was mainly raised in the USA but moved back to London in the early 70's.

 

After an unsuccessful bout as a teenage prostitute Mick switched careers, first working as a bouncer at the famous Marquee Club in London's West End and then as a roadie/sound engineer for many top-tier music acts, including Manfred Man's Earth Band, Renaissance, Curved Air, Ronnie Lane's Slim Chance, Fusion Orchestra and Soft Machine.   In 1973, Mick co-designed and built one of the world's first quadrophonic PA systems for Soft Machine.

In 1975 Mick moved back to New York city and dedicated himself to learn how to play bass guitar and skin flute. His main influences were Alphonso Johnson (Weather Report), Ralf Armstrong (Mahavishnu Orchcestra), Percy Jones (Brand X) and John Holmes (porn star).

In the early 90's, Mick moved to Los Angeles to escape the immigration police and formed improvisational fusion band The Avant Gardeners - legends in their own lunchtime.

In 1999, a cosmic opportunity allowed Mick to join the classic UK fusion band Brand X, replacing the irreplaceable Percy Jones.

 

Although completely tone-deaf, Mick has exclusively played fretless basses all his life because he doesn't know any better.

 

Mick plays Wal 5-string and Tobias 5-string fretless basses, Rotosound Swing 66 strings and makes all kinds of strange noises through Carvin amplifiers.

 

 

Michael Grange - Guitars

Michael Grange is a songwriter/guitar player from the Southern California area. Michael is an exciting virtuoso and winner of "best guitarist" in the Los Angeles Music Awards. A self taught musician with a style all his own, Michael has incorporated many different genres into his music (Jazz, Rock, R&B, Latin, and Blues).  Michael's debut CD featured Ndugu Chancler-drums, Alphonso Johnson-bass, Neil Larsen-keyboards, Steve Tavaglione-sax. Michael's second CD featured musicians Bernie Dresel and Bob Harsen-drums, Brad Cummings, Mark Goldberg and Ric Fierabracci-bass, Chris Barron and Steve Weingart-piano, Vince Denham and Larry Klimas-sax. Percussionist on both recordings was the renowned John Pickell.

Frank Grande - Keyboards

Frank took music lessons at age 8 and studied on the Hammond organ.  At age 15 he joined the band Grapes of Wrath. After attending Peabody Conservatory, Frank played with various bands: The Joann Dood's Band, Rolls Royce and Bootcamp, who were featured prominently on MTV.  Frank recorded two albums with Bootcamp at Shefield Studios, Maryland.  Later, Frank worked behind the scenes at Shefield Studios as in-house composer and house engineer.  Frank eventually moved to California and pursued performing with various artists, including tours with Damon Vonn and Ozomatly