- The Polite Force (band)
The band was formed by
Mark Hewins(guitar), Max Metto(sax), Graham Flight(bass) and Vince Clarke (drums) after about two years of recording sessions for an album by long time Caravan keyboardist Dave Sinclairwhich remained unreleased until it was published in 1993 under the title "Moon Over Man". For about one year, Sinclair was also a Polite Force member. [http://www.dave-sinclair.co.uk/ds_3.asp Biography on [http://www.dave-sinclair.co.uk/ Dave Sinclair's web site] ]
Together with various guest musicians, among them
Richard Sinclair, Geoff Richardson, Richard Coughlanand Jan Schelhaasof Caravan, Andrew Latimerand Andy Wardof Camel, and reedsman Tony Coe, The Polite Force performed frequently. They also recorded demos that stayed unreleased until, in 1997, Voiceprint Recordsreleased some of them on the CD "Polite Force: Canterbury Knights".http://calyx.club.fr/bands/obscure.html#politeforce The Polite Force @ [http://calyx.club.fr/ Calyx, the Canterbury website] ]
"Calyx, the Canterbury Website" describes the music: "The music is very much in the mould of late-period
Soft Machine, with Dave Sinclair playing cool and complex jazz piano, while Mark Hewins' guitar work shows why he later went on to play alongside Hugh Hopperand Elton Deanin various projects and bands (including Soft Heap and Mashu) as well as being a founding member of Richard Sinclair's Caravan Of Dreams."
* "Canterbury Knights" (released 1997, recorded 1976-7) (Dutch wikipedia)
References and sources
* The Polite Force in the Dutch wikipedia
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