Not long ago, I received a message from a friend of mine (I often think that Jim & I are the only two ELP devotees left in the great State of Maine!) asking the following about ELP’s Fanfare for the Common Man:
Seems too much to be an absolute coincidence:
Background: You must know the story about the 1976 recording session of “Fanfare For The Common Man” which would be released on Works 1. The extended bridge bass rhythm line is standard enough to be called a “Shuffle”, if you didn’t know that.
In 1971, the jazz group Mark-Almond released an album (because there was a second one with the same title later) now called “Mark Almond 1”, on which there is an extended cut titled simply “Love”, in which an extended bridge moves into a shuffle bass and the late saxophonist Johnny Almond breaks into a pealing solo – which includes two obvious direct quotes, and very possibly a couple more oblique quotes, from Keith Emerson’s improvised Yamaha GX1 solo in “Fanfare”.
But, I suddenly realized, Mark-Almond 1 was released in 1971. Emerson is quoting Johnny Almond, not the other way ‘round.
Jim then went on to explain that Emerson always said that he kept current with what happening on the jazz scene his entire life and this perhaps would prove it. He was just wondering if he was over analyzing, so I found the piece Love by Marc-Almond and had a listen.
Mark-Almond (Jon Mark & Johnny Almond) - Love (2014 Remaster) [Jazz Fusion] (1971) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TBl8sOMk2HM The sax solo begins at 4:51 and ends at about 6:42 on this recording taken from YouTube.
Then I found the rare full length version of the Fanfare for the Common Man video which aired originally on The Old Grey Whistle Test (I just get a kick out of watching them trudge through all that snow!)