Quintessence - Move Into The Light: The Complete Island Recordings album review
Cosmic spirits in blissful company once more
Unlike most of their contemporaries on Island’s classic pink label, Quintessence hadn’t stumbled bleary eyed from the basement clubs of the British blues and folk scene. The multinational band of gypsies relocated from Australia, Greece and Canada to Ladbroke Grove to play jazz rock with Indian influences while soaking up the countercultural vibe. The group even had their own guru, Swami Ambikananda, who bestowed upon them spiritual names (hence rhythm guitarist Dave Codling becoming known as Maha Dev).