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If - If 5 Album Review

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No ifs, no buts – the British prog jazz pioneers are back.

When prog was gestating in the late 60s, jazz was as important as psych in expanding rock’s horizons beyond the basic forms.

Saxophonists Dick Morrissey and Dave Quincy and guitarist Terry Smith – all of whom had met in soul singer JJ Jackson’s band – formed If in 1969, and conjured their multi-hued sound over four numbered albums of progressive UK jazz rock, before dissolving into a second lineup in 1972 (that included Dave Greenslade).

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