Growing up in the 1960s and 70s, I didn’t know much about jazz. By the late 60s, there were bands on the Top 40 AM radio airwaves combining jazz, rock and rhythm & blues. Looking back, the best of them might have been Cold Blood.
Signed to Bill Graham’s San Francisco label, the local band wasn’t so much a hit maker as it was a lesser known gem. Around this time, Chicago (with a three piece horn section) released their first record in 1969, an audacious two LP set that was sometimes panned for just that reason…no one had ever released two records for their debut. Continue reading