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Jeff Clyne was a virtuoso bass player. Starting with a short spell as a military bandsman in 1955 he then played in London with Tony Crombie's Rockets and with Stan Tracey. In 1958, he joined the Jazz Couriers, a group co-led by Tubby Hayes and Ronnie Scott and Britain's answer to Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers. He continued to work with Hayes' various groups for about ten years. Clyne was the bass player on the Tubby Hayes big band album, 100% Proof. In the early 60's, Clyne also worked with such avant-garde groups as the Spontaneous Music Ensemble and Amalgam, led by John Stevens and Trevor Watts. In 1965, he was a member of the Stan Tracey quartet, which recorded the classic album Under Milk Wood. Towards the late 1960's, he worked with Gordon Beck (playing on his influential Experiments With Pops album alongside John McLaughlin and Tony Oxley in December 1967) and Tony Kinsey. He also recorded a long out of print (and highly sought after) recording he co-led with Ian Carr, which also featured John Stevens and Trevor Watts entitled Springboard. He later took up bass guitar, joining Nucleus at its beginning in 1969 and staying until 1971. The group won first prize at the Newport Jazz Festival the same year, and at the Village Gate in New York. Jeff Clyne recorded on the first three Nucleus albums, Elastic Rock, We'll Talk About It Later and Solar Plexus. He also gigged with Keith Tippett's acclaimed sextet alongside Elton Dean, Mark Charig and Nick Evans

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