The music for the Step Out Of Your Mind project was composed between 1991 and 1996, during which Higgs also recorded another album Leaving, which is being readied for imminent release.
During the mid 1990’s the producer Gareth Young (Riffraff Music) was working for Sentinel Studios as a Sound Engineer and was
also enjoying considerable success with his band 'Tag' signed to the Scotty Brothers in the US. Gareth was already familiar
with Higg’s music and despite his busy work schedule he kindly offered to help produce and record the first CD release at
Gareth has worked with a number of pop legends in the studio and his production expertise proved invaluable. Although Higgs’ music repsents a departure from Gareth’s usual milieu, Gareth’s talent for writing and producing is readily apparent in the production of this collection.
The musicians Higgs chose for this project are a force to be reckoned with, adding talent, experience and a readily apparent match for Higgs’ style.
Rob Townsend (Sax)[, now on tour with Steve Hacket had already worked with Django Bates.
Pete Claridge (Acoustic & Electric Guitar) was involved early on in his career with the Boomtown Rats and is highly
regarded on the London session scene, subsequently working with the David Cross Band.
Tom Hooper (Drums and Percussion) was regarded in his native Cornwall as somewhat of a child prodigy and in 1996 studied at the Royal Academy of Music. Tom very kindly agreed to return to Cornwall from London to play on the Higgs project. Tom's awesome technique and ability to interpt the music throughout was inspirational. Tom has more recently worked with the Christian Garrick quartet and can also be heard playing on the James Chadwick album Undercurrent. For the Higgs Boson project Tom played Ludwig drums.
Kevin Jeffries (Bass) is a very accomplished player who for some years was the main session bass player for Colin Thurston,
producer of Duran Duran. For the Higgs Boson session Kevin played a Status five string and a Fender Jazz bass. Kevin also
plays on the upcoming Higgs Boson album Leaving.
John Fry AKA Chuck Scrirocco (Guitar) played on the first three tracks: Penumbra, Synthetic Spring and Neptune. John's style of playing proved essential to these tracks and his contribution has been much admired and appciated by other musicians.
Higgs tells us that his first CD release exceeded his expectations as to what could be achieved. “Once we got into the studio, my compositions were transformed by these players who, having been inspired by my original demo, were able to produce incredible performances”. Higgs is currently working on another new album, which is very near completion. It's a slightly more sedate affair, more acoustic and traditionally jazzy in places, it includes a bossa nova titled Genuine Dud, a tribute to the late Dudley Moore. There are also solo piano pieces, celebrating Higgs’ beginnings as a solo jazz piano player. This new album will be available at the end of September so keep your eye on this site for more information.
As a footnote, Higgs was recently contacted by Edinburgh University who wanted to psent the CD to Professor Higgs at a dinner to commemorate an anniversary of the particle accelerator at CERN. Apparently they handed him the CD and said that they had found the Higgs Boson after all! Because of an apparent spat between Prof Higgs and Stephen Hawking, Hawking was also sent a copy of the CD along with a little note from Higgs that said, "I hear reports of my non-existence are being greatly exaggerated!” Higgs has yet to hear back from Professor Hawking, but rumour has it that Step Out of Your Mind has been heard floating among the hallowed spires…
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