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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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 ©


The quartet dubbed themselves Traffic and hid away in a cottage amidst the fields of wheat, barley, and poppies of the Berkshire section of England to write their first album. “When Jim, Dave, Chris Wood, and I went up to the Berkshire cottage in 1967 to start Traffic,” Winwood told Timothy White in his anthology Rock Lives, “it was the result of a lot of enthusiastic planning and time spent playing together informally. What came out of those talks and things was a desire on the part of the four of us to make a uniquely British form of rock and roll … while breaking new ground artistically.” ~ Musicianguide: Traffic ~ retrieved May 20, 2015 © Musicianguide

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 ~ Dear Mr. Fantasy (Winwood/Capaldi/Wood) ~ Named one of the 500 Songs That Shaped Rock & Roll in 1995.

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