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Name  Malcolm Cecil
Role  Record Producer
Music director  Violent Zone

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Albums  The Jazz Couriers in Concert, Zero Time, Tonto Rides Again, Radiance
Music groups  Tonto's Expanding Head Band, The Jazz Couriers (1957 – 1959)
Awards  Grammy Award for Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical
Similar People  Robert Margouleff, Gil Scott‑Heron, Brian Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Bill Payne

Malcolm Cecil (born 9 January 1937) is a British jazz bassist and Grammy Award-winning record producer.


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Born in London, Cecil was a founding member of the UK's leading jazz quintet of the late 1950s, The Jazz Couriers, before going on to join a number of British jazz combos led by Dick Morrissey, Tony Crombie and Ronnie Scott in the late 1950s and early 1960s. He later joined Cyril Davies and Alexis Korner to form the original line-up of Blues Incorporated.

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He later joined Robert Margouleff to form the duo TONTO's Expanding Head Band, a project based on a unique combination of synthesizers which led to them collaborating on and co-producing several of Stevie Wonder's Grammy-winning albums of the early 1970s.

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With Robert Margouleff, he formed the duo TONTO's Expanding Head Band, a synthesizer-based project. The duo were closely associated with Stevie Wonder's multiple Grammy Award winning Talking Book (1972), sharing the Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical award as well as collaborating on and co-producing classic Wonder albums such as Music of My Mind, Innervisions and Fulfillingness' First Finale.

Cecil is credited, with Margouleff, as engineer for the Stevie Wonder produced album Perfect Angel (1974), by Minnie Riperton.

Their unique sound made them highly sought-after and they went on to collaborate with, amongst others, Quincy Jones, Bobby Womack, The Isley Brothers, Billy Preston, Gil Scott-Heron, Weather Report, Stephen Stills, The Doobie Brothers, Dave Mason, Little Feat, Joan Baez and Steve Hillage.


(see also Robert Margouleff Discography Margouleff and Cecil (together) Discography)

As leader/co-leader


  • 1981 Radiance
  • With TONTO's Expanding Headband

  • 1971: Zero Time
  • 1972: It's About Time
  • 1996: TONTO Rides Again (compilation of above)
  • As sideman
  • 1961: It’s Morrissey, Man! – Dick Morrissey Quartet
  • 1961: The Tony Crombie Orchestra
  • 1961: Let's Take Five – Emcee Five
  • 1962: Bebop from the East Coast – Emcee Five
  • 1971: Where Would I Be? – Jim Hall Trio
  • 1973: 3+3 - The Isley Brothers
  • 1974: Live It Up - The Isley Brothers
  • 1975: The Heat Is On - The Isley Brothers
  • 1976: Harvest for the World - The Isley Brothers
  • 1977: Motivation Radio – Steve Hillage
  • 1978: Secrets - Gil Scott-Heron (with Brian Jackson)
  • 1980: Real Eyes - Gil Scott-Heron
  • 1981: Reflections - Gil Scott-Heron
  • 1982: Moving Target - Gil Scott-Heron
  • 1983: Shut 'Um Down; Angel Dust (singles) - Gil Scott-Heron
  • 1994: Spirits - Gil Scott-Heron
  • 1996: A Jazzy Christmas – Bill Augustine
  • 2009: A Jazzy Christmas 2 – Bill Augustine
  • 2011: We're New Here - Gil Scott-Heron (with Jamie xx)
  • Production, etc.

    As producer, programmer, and/or engineer:

    With Stevie Wonder

  • 1972: Music of My Mind
  • 1972: Talking Book
  • 1973: Innervisions
  • 1974: Fulfillingness' First Finale
  • 1991: Jungle Fever
  • Various

  • Dave Mason - It's Like You Never Left (1973)
  • Mandrill - Beast From The East (1975)
  • Billy Preston - It's My Pleasure (1975)
  • Billy Preston - Billy Preston (1976)
  • Blood Donor - Rubber Revolution (1979 – from the album Blood Donor)
  • Savoy Brown - Kings Of Boogie (1989 – recording engineer)
  • Mark Josephson - Dreamstate (1990)
  • Pete Bardens - Watercolours (2002)
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