A report on Mel Collins

Mel Collins playing with Kokomo live at Barnes, London on 17 May 2008.

British saxophonist, flautist and session musician.

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Mel Collins playing with Kokomo live at Barnes, London on 17 May 2008.

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King Crimson at the Sapporo Culture Arts Theatre in Japan, on December 2, 2018. From left to right: Pat Mastelotto, Tony Levin, Bill Rieflin, Jeremy Stacey, Jakko Jakszyk, Gavin Harrison and Robert Fripp (Mel Collins not shown)

King Crimson

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King Crimson are a progressive rock band formed in 1968 in London, England.

King Crimson are a progressive rock band formed in 1968 in London, England.

King Crimson at the Sapporo Culture Arts Theatre in Japan, on December 2, 2018. From left to right: Pat Mastelotto, Tony Levin, Bill Rieflin, Jeremy Stacey, Jakko Jakszyk, Gavin Harrison and Robert Fripp (Mel Collins not shown)
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Fripp performing in 1974
Later versions of Discipline featured this knotwork design by Steve Ball.
The band performing in 2003Left to right: Trey Gunn, Adrian Belew, and Robert Fripp (Pat Mastelotto is hidden)
Belew performing in 2006

Jazz pianist Keith Tippett and saxophonist Mel Collins (of the band Circus) appeared as guest musicians, and Peter Giles played bass guitar instead of Lake.

Fripp in 2007

Robert Fripp

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British musician, songwriter, and record producer, best known as the guitarist, founder and longest-lasting member of the progressive rock band King Crimson.

British musician, songwriter, and record producer, best known as the guitarist, founder and longest-lasting member of the progressive rock band King Crimson.

Fripp in 2007
Fripp, on tour with King Crimson, in 1973.
Later versions of Discipline featured this design by Steve Ball.
The first Guitar Craft course began 25 March 1985 at the Claymont Court site in Charles Town, West Virginia.
Trey Gunn, Adrian Belew, and Fripp from 2003 King Crimson
The knotwork symbol of Guitar Craft

It included (at various times) Gordon Haskell, saxophonist/flute player Mel Collins, drummers Andy McCulloch and Ian Wallace and future Bad Company bass player Boz Burrell, in addition to a palette of guest players from Soft Machine, Keith Tippett's band, Brotherhood of Breath and Centipede.

Hubbard at The Three Mariners, Faversham, UK. June 2008

Neil Hubbard

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British guitarist who performed with Juicy Lucy, The Grease Band, Bluesology, Joe Cocker, Roxy Music, Kokomo, Alvin Lee, B.B. King, Kevin Rowland and Tony O'Malley; and played on the original 1970 concept album, Jesus Christ Superstar.

British guitarist who performed with Juicy Lucy, The Grease Band, Bluesology, Joe Cocker, Roxy Music, Kokomo, Alvin Lee, B.B. King, Kevin Rowland and Tony O'Malley; and played on the original 1970 concept album, Jesus Christ Superstar.

Hubbard at The Three Mariners, Faversham, UK. June 2008

With Hubbard were O'Malley, Mel Collins, Mark Smith, Adam Phillips, Andy Hamilton, Bernie Holland, Glen Le Fleur, Paddy McHugh, Dyan Birch, and Frank Collins.

21st Century Schizoid Band

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21st Century Schizoid Band were a King Crimson alumnus group formed in 2002.

21st Century Schizoid Band were a King Crimson alumnus group formed in 2002.

The initial band featured Mel Collins on saxophones, flute and keyboards, Michael Giles on drums, Peter Giles on bass, Ian McDonald on alto saxophone, flute and keyboards, and Jakko Jakszyk on guitar and vocals.

McDonald in 2009

Ian McDonald (musician)

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English multi-instrumentalist, best known as a founding member of the progressive rock band King Crimson in 1968, as well as the hard rock band Foreigner in 1976.

English multi-instrumentalist, best known as a founding member of the progressive rock band King Crimson in 1968, as well as the hard rock band Foreigner in 1976.

McDonald in 2009

The band included former King Crimson members Michael Giles (drums and percussion), Peter Giles (bass), McDonald (sax, flute, keyboards), Mel Collins (alto/tenor sax, flute, keyboards) and also Jakko Jakszyk, who later joined King Crimson, on guitar and lead vocals.

Frank Collins

Frank Collins (musician)

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English composer, singer and arranger who was a prominent member of the bands The Excels, Arrival, and Kokomo.

English composer, singer and arranger who was a prominent member of the bands The Excels, Arrival, and Kokomo.

Frank Collins

He wrote Arrival's 1970s Top 10 hit record, "I Will Survive" (not the Gloria Gaynor song); a band that included keyboard and vocalist Tony O'Malley, vocalists Dyan Birch and Paddy McHugh, saxophonist Mel Collins, guitarist Neil Hubbard, guitarist Jim Mullen, bass player Alan Spenner, percussionist Jody Linscott, and drummer Terry Stannard.

A Scarcity of Miracles

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Lone album by Jakszyk, Fripp and Collins, released in 2011.

Lone album by Jakszyk, Fripp and Collins, released in 2011.

It united singer and guitarist Jakko Jakszyk with three musicians best known from King Crimson, guitarist Robert Fripp, saxophonist Mel Collins and bassist/Chapman Stick player Tony Levin.

Kokomo (band)

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Kokomo are a British band whose members were prime exponents of British soul in the 1970s.

Kokomo are a British band whose members were prime exponents of British soul in the 1970s.

Formed in May 1973 by Tony O'Malley and Terry Stannard, ex-members of the pop group Arrival, Kokomo's ten-piece line-up became: Dyan Birch (vocals), Frank Collins (vocals), Paddy McHugh (vocals), Tony O'Malley (keyboards, vocals), Alan Spenner (bass, vocals), Neil Hubbard (guitar), Mel Collins (saxophone), Jody Linscott (percussion), Terry Stannard (drums) and Jim Mullen (guitar).

Islands (King Crimson album)

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Fourth studio album by English band King Crimson, released in December 1971 on the record label Island.

Fourth studio album by English band King Crimson, released in December 1971 on the record label Island.

Islands is the only studio album to feature the 1971-1972 touring line-up of Robert Fripp, Mel Collins, Boz Burrell and Ian Wallace.

Red (King Crimson album)

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Seventh studio album by English progressive rock band King Crimson.

Seventh studio album by English progressive rock band King Crimson.

In his stead, the band brought back several contributors to past albums: Robin Miller on oboe, Marc Charig on cornet, former King Crimson members Ian McDonald and Mel Collins on saxophones, as well as an uncredited cellist and acoustic bassist.