Alan Spenner

“What’s the buzz? Tell me what’s a-happening, what’s the buzz? tell me what’s a-happening…”

If it were only for his incomparable bass passages on Jesus Christ Superstar (1970), Alan Spenner would be legend.

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An outstanding first call UK session ace and sideman – Spenner spun lines that exuded a soulful, rhythm & blues disposition akin to James Jamerson and Jerry Jemmott.  

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Spenner anchored scores of artists on their seminal works, spanning Joe Cocker – including the singer’s Grease band’s Woodstock performance, Jim Capaldi, Paul Kossoff, Spooky Tooth, Alvin Lee, Kokomo David Coverdale, Bryan Ferry, Donovan, Steve Winwood, and Leon Russell, among many, many others.    

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Among Alan’s signature works is Roxy Music’s fitting finale Avalon (1982) wherein Spenner trades in his Fender Precision for a Wal which resonates magnificently among Bryan Ferry, Andy MacKay, and Phil Manzanera’s collective magic.