Brit keyboardist Dave Stewart is a consummate musician who’s lived under the radar of many younger musicians. He played in a number of classic British bands in the ’70s such as Egg, Hatfield and the North, and National Health. He first became well known to a wider audience from his playing on Bill Bruford’s album Feels Good to Me (1978), and then the band Bruford’s seminal releases One of a Kind and Gradually Going Tornado. After that band broke up, Stewart took a hard left and starting producing highly imaginative pop recordings with vocalist Barbara Gaskin. Their work has been his main output since 1981. You should search out their recordings such as Up from the Dark, The Big Idea, and Spin to hear some incredible lead synth programming and playing. I can’t recommend him highly enough; he is one of my all-time favorites.
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