In 1970 Jon Mark and Johnny Almond formed Mark-Almond (also occasionally referred to as (The Mark-Almond Band). The melancholy tones of saxophonist Almond were an integral part of the group’s sound, and Almond frequently played flute as well, including the bass flute. Characterized by a blend of blues and jazz riffs, latin beats, and a mellow rock aesthetic, and in contrast to the heavier guitar-driven rock of his contemporaries, composer and band leader Mark worked at producing warm and melodic works.
Mark-Almond’s first two albums, Mark-Almond (1971) and Mark-Almond II (1972) were recorded for Bob Krasnow’s Blue Thumb label, and were noted for their embossed envelope-style album covers. For the first album, “The Ghetto” received many plaudits and from the second “One Way Sunday” was a hit for them in the United States and received radio airplay on album-oriented rock stations in Boston, Massachusetts in 1970. The group then recorded two albums for Columbia Records, Rising (1972) and the live album, Mark-Almond 73 (1973), by which time the group’s members had grown to seven.
Mark released a solo record for Columbia Song for a Friend in 1975. He and Almond reunited in 1975 and released To the Heart on ABC Records (which had acquired Blue Thumb) in 1976, which featured the drummer Billy Cobham. Other notable musicians, who have recorded or toured with Mark-Almond include drummer Dannie Richmond, violinist Greg Bloch, keyboardist Tommy Eyre and bassist Roger Sutton. Eyre and Sutton later teamed in Riff Raff. A&M Records signed the duo in 1978 and released Other Peoples Rooms, but the record did not sell as well as earlier releases. Mark-Almond disbanded again in the mid 1980s, after releasing two decent albums, Tuesday in New York’ (1980) and a live offering The Last & Live (1981). In 1996 Mark-Almond reunited again for a CD release, Night Music, which featured keyboardist Mike Nock and others.
Genres Rock, folk rock, jazz Years active 1970-1981