Chris Wood, saxophonist, flutist, keyboardist
Saxophonist ~ Flutist ~ Keyboardist
birth name: Christopher Gordon Blandford Wood

Chris Wood

June 24, 1944, Birmingham, England ~ July 12, 1983, Birmingham, England

His younger sister Stephanie designed clothes for the Spencer Davis Group, based in Birmingham, and it was through her that Wood was first introduced to fellow Birmingham native Steve Winwood. A well-known Birmingham club - the Elbow Room - was an after-hours haunt of local bands and musicians and it was here that Chris used to meet up Steve Winwood and Jim Capaldi. At the age of only 18, Winwood abandoned the Spencer Davis Group at the height of their popularity and, along with Chris, Jim and Dave Mason, formed Traffic ~ Wikipedia: Chris Wood ~ retrieved May 20, 2015 © Wikipedia

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July 12, 1986 ~ Billboard Hot 100 ~ #3 (1) Billy Ocean, There'll Be Sad Songs (To Make You Cry) ~ #2 (6) Genesis, Invisible Touch ~ #1 (2) Simply Red, Holding Back The Years


After the nucleus of Traffic finally disbanded in 1974, Capaldi and especially Steve Winwood went on to enjoy highly successful solo careers though still staking claims to Traffic’s legacy by playing their classic songs during their respective concerts. Chris, however - deeply affected by the group’s dissolution - looked more into himself and started to push his music into new areas - making tentative first steps into recording his own album, Vulcan - and exploring his jazz roots once more; not entirely surprising when his frequent jamming with Jimi Hendrix as well as a myriad of others is taken into account. ~ Chris Wood/Lunar Music: Chris Wood ~ retrieved May 20, 2015 ©


At a time when electric guitars ruled rock, Traffic emphasized Winwood's organ and the reed instruments played by Chris Wood, especially flute. After Dave Mason, who had provided the band with an alternate folk-pop sound, departed for good, Traffic leaned toward extended songs that gave its players room to improvise in a jazz-like manner, even as the rhythms maintained a rock structure. The result was international success that ended only when Winwood finally decided he was ready to strike out on his own. ~ Allmusic: Traffic ~ retrieved August 2, 2013 © Allmusic

Traffic ~ Inducted in the 2004 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame ~ Traffic operated on the cutting edge of the late-Sixties music scene at a time of rapid and remarkable evolution. Along with such kindred spirits as Cream and the Jimi Hendrix Experience, Traffic expanded rock's sonic palette. ~ 2004 © Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame

Traffic ~ The Low Spark Of High Heeled Boys (1971) ~ Ranked #21 Village Voice Best Albums Of 1971.

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