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Diamond Dust

Diamond Dust

Diamond Dust is a dynamic and energetic organ trio in the mould of Tony Williams Lifetime. The repertoire is powerful, electric and groovy and features many of the key TWL tracks from their ground breaking LPs ‘Emergency’ and ‘Turn It Over’, together with music from McLaughlin’s album ‘Devotion’, as well as some of his later compositions.

“The most convincing versions of Lifetime tunes I’ve heard yet”…..Mark Fletcher, Fletcher’s Brew

“Truly spirited music”….Gary Husband, John McLaughlin’s 4th Dimension, Allan Holdsworth, Level 42

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Diamond Dust Discography

It’s That Time

It’s That Time

Released: 25/07/2014

Cat no: FOXY214

Spirited re-creation of the Tony Williams Lifetime trio, the first genuine jazz-rock group featuring pro to guitar god john McLaughlin, Larry Young (Khalid Yasin) and ex-Miles drumming sensation Tony Williams. Brought right up to date for the modern audience by this dynamic and incendiary trio.

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Diamond Dust Biography

Formed in 2012, Diamond Dust is a dynamic and energetic organ trio in the mould of Tony Williams Lifetime which featured Blue Note keyboard maestro Larry Young, proto guitar legend John McLaughlin and Williams himself. The band plays electric music from this exciting era when such greats as Miles Davis fused jazz and psychedelic rock, sparking a revolution in music which led to the formation of Tony Williams Lifetime, John McLaughlin’s Mahavishnu Orchestra and many others.

The repertoire is powerful, electric and groovy and features many of the key TWL tracks from their ground breaking LPs ‘Emergency’ and ‘Turn It Over’, together with music from McLaughlin’s album ‘Devotion’, as well as some of his later compositions.

On guitar is Mark Lawrence. Mark has performed at various festivals in the UK including the ‘Secret Garden Party’ and at Oxford, Cheltenham, Teignmouth and Bude Jazz Festivals. Mark has appeared at the ‘Craig Charles Funk and Soul Show’ and supported internationally known acts The Apples and the Haggis Horns. Mark has recently signed as an endorsee of the UK music products company Sonnus www.sonuus.com

On organ is John Paul Gard. John Paul studied at Coventry University where tutors included Jason Rebello and Dave Buxton. He performed with Andreas Öberg at the IGG Festival in 2007, has appeared with Alex Hutchings at the Glastonbury Festival and is well known for his work with Eddie Martin, Mike Britton and Esmond Selwyn across the United Kingdom and in Europe. John Paul is endorsed by The KEYB Organ Group and the Ketron Music Group.

On drums is Marco Anderson. As a drummer, guitarist and keyboard player, Marco has recorded and performed with an extremely wide array of musicians in varied genres. They include saxophonist George Brooks, sarangi player Surinder Sandhu, Tony Hymas (Jeff Beck), Tony Roberts, Paul Dunmall, Tony McPhee, John Serry, Antonio Forcione, Andy Sheppard and many others. Drummer for the seminal psychedelic progressive blues band, The Groundhogs from 2007-9 he toured the UK with The Classic Legends of Rock, also featuring Wishbone Ash and Focus and appeared at the prestigious Roadburn Festival in Holland.

Diamond Dust Reviews

Diamond Dust: It’s That Time
It’s That Time, the new album from the super-caffeinated power trio Diamond Dust, is an energy-packed exposition of high-end chops carried by a strong current of forward motion.
Diamond Dust is drummer Marco Anderson, guitarist Mark Lawrence and organist John Paul Gard. The trio models itself after the late 60‘s seminal jazz rock group Tony Williams Lifetime that featured drummer Tony Williams, guitarist John McLaughlin and organist Larry Young.  Diamond Dust is the most effective of the TWL tribute outfits around these days at presenting the throbbing energy and pioneering spirit of that band. Lifetime’s music was an assault on the senses. It didn’t help- or maybe it did- that the band was infamously recorded in such shoddy fashion that it sounded like distorted punk rock even before punk rock did. In contrast, superlative recording techniques were used for It’s That Time. Several cuts associated with Lifetime are presented along with five John McLaughlin compositions from over the years. The one original tune, in addition to some preludes,  is the album’s often spatial title cut.
To be truthful, as indicated by the album’s repertoire, Diamond Dust isn’t really one of those tribute bands I compared it to. This is not some nostalgia trip. This is not retro. This is contemporary hard-driving instrumental music sporting its own id.
Anderson and Lawrence and their abundant talents have been known to me for many years. Their understanding of this genre is bone-deep. They are students of this school-turned teachers. The revelation is organist John Paul Gard.. However large a bonfire Anderson and Lawrence create, its temperature rises greatly because Gard is a chemical accelerant.
Now, imagine yourself strapped to the front of a speeding locomotive. (For those of you counting, that’s three different metaphors used to describe this music.) The bottom line? Diamond Dust is how a 21st century power trio should sound.
Walter Kolosky– Author of the books Power, Passion and Beauty: The Story of the Legendary Mahavishnu Orchestra and Follow Your Heart- John McLaughlin song by song.