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Chris Wood - Evening Blue album review

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Fallen Traffic wind magician gets sumptuous box set monument

Deep in the hazy annals of progressive rock’s earliest years lie an elite but almost forgotten gallery of shape-shifting pioneers and fallen heroes who, although they blazed among music’s brightest sparks at the time, fell by the wayside as the trickles they had first tapped swelled into the tidal wave later called prog. Described by drummer Jim Capaldi as “the magic man in Traffic”, Chris Wood was this most seminal band’s sax and flute player, a mercurial nature boy who tried to follow the sun and, in his quest, blew ethereal shapes across Hendrix’s Electric Ladyland, along with albums by John Martyn, Nick Drake and several more before falling to the bottle and mainly recording privately before passing away in 1983.

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