Back door

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Back door
General information
Genre (s) Jazz rock , blues
founding 1971
resolution 1977
Founding members
Ron Aspery † December 10, 2003
Colin Hodgkinson
Tony Hicks † August 12, 2006
Last occupation
Alto saxophone, soprano saxophone, flute
Ron Aspery
Colin Hodgkinson
Adrian Tilbrook (1975-1977)
E-piano , percussion
Felix Pappalardi (on 8th Street Nites )
E-piano, piano
Dave MacRae (on Another Fine Mess , The Human Bed )
Peter Thorup (on Another Fine Mess )
Bernie Holland (on Another Fine Mess )
Rod Mason (2005)

Back Door was a British jazz rock band that was active between 1971 and 1977. The trio, which played an idiosyncratic mixture of rock , avant-garde jazz and blues , also attracted attention because apparently essential instruments such as guitar and keyboards that usually dominate the fusion sound were missing.


Back Door was created in 1971 in the British province: Colin Hodgkinson and Ron Aspery looked for drummer Tony Hicks in order to pursue their own musical interests in addition to their bread-and-butter work in the dance orchestra of Eric Delaney . They performed regularly at a pub called The Lion Inn on Blakey Ridge , Yorkshire . The pub owner raised funding for the trio's production of a self-titled LP, which was self-published in 1972. The album was also distributed in London after a positive review in the journal New Musical Express , where it caught the attention of Pete King . He hired the group for two weeks at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club , where they played before Chick Coreas Return to Forever . After these concerts the band got a contract with Warner Brothers , where the first album was released again. Back Door landed at Jazz Poll of Melody Makers behind Soft Machine and nucleus in third.

On the next two albums, the sound of the band, which impressed with the virtuosity of Hodgkinson, was expanded to include singing and guest musicians; Keyboardist McRae also played a few concerts with the group in 1974. The band played as opening act for Miles Davis (also in France) and for Emerson, Lake & Palmer (in North America). On further tours through Europe the band performed together with Alexis Korner and then in North America with the J. Geils Band . The album Activate (1976) was created without guest musicians, only in the (changed) trio. In 1977 the group disbanded because there were no more regular opportunities to perform.

In 1986 the founding members met for a concert at Ronnie Scott's, which was followed by a short tour of England. In 2003 the band recorded another album, Askin 'the Way , and played a few concerts in Yorkshire; Due to the illness and the death of Aspery at the end of 2003, there were no more major tours. In 2005 some concerts were played, including at the Brecon Jazz Festival and the Hull Jazz Festival with saxophonist Rod Mason.

The Colin Hodgkinson Group with Rod Mason and drummer Paul Robinson, who released the 2008 album Backdoor Too! published, is considered to be the band's successor.


  • Back Door (1972)
  • 8th Street Nites (1973)
  • The Human Bed (1973-1974)
  • Another Fine Mess (1975)
  • Activate (1976)
  • Askin 'the Way (2003)


  • Nick Logan, Rob Finnis: The New Musical Express Book of Rock . Star Books, London 1975, ISBN 0-352-30074-4 .

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. a b See review Colin Hodgkinson: Backdoor Too!
  2. Band portrait rock circus
  3. a b See interview with Ron Aspery ( memento of February 23, 2003 in the Internet Archive ), accessed on June 9, 2018
  4. ↑ Live recordings, only published in 2004