Lyn Dobson helped to introduce the tenor saxophone and flute to British rock. A featured soloist with Georgie Fame And The Blue Flames and Manfred Mann in the 1960s, he went on to make important contributions to albums by Humble Pie, the Locomotive, Roy Russell, Keef Hartley, Nick Drake, John Martyn. Ian Matthews And Southern Comfort and Soft Machine. He released a solo album, Jam Sandwich, in 1974.
Although his early influences ranged from the folk-blues of Sonny Terry and the New Orleans piano playing of Jelly Roll Morton to the sophisticated jazz of the Modern Jazz Quartet, Dobson’s music became increasingly more diverse, incorporating elements of Baltic, Chinese, Indian and Celtic and modern classical music.
Taking a hiatus from music in the 1980s, Dobson worked in theater, dance, drama and multimedia productions. His recent work has focused on providing music therapy for disabled people. His Sound And Colour Therapy workshops involve healing through harmonic overtones produced on the saxophone.
Lyn’s musical career has spanned 4 decades, starting in the 60’s as a sideman and featured soloist with Georgie Fame and The Blue Flames and Manfred Mann. Lyn played the solo flute choruses on Manfred’s big 60’s hit single, ‘Pretty Flamingo’, for example. Lyn became very much in demand as a session musician on recordings from that time onwards, recording with Humble Pie, The Locomotive, Ray Russell and others.
In 1970 Lyn was particularly busy in the studios, playing on Keef Hartley’s ‘Battle of NW6″, Nick Drake’s “Bryter Later” and John Martyn’s “The Road To Ruin” before hooking up with The Soft Machine to record on three tracks (“Facelift”, “Slightly all the time” and “Moon in June”) for their classic album “Third”. Over the next three years, Lyn recorded albums with Mike D’Abo, Mick Softley and others and made a third album with Keef Hartley – “Little Big Band”.
In 1974, Lyn recorded his first solo album – “Jam Sandwich”, in between working on “Some Days You Eat The Bear” for Ian Mathews & Southern Comfort. More recordings with Humble Pie, Alan Stivell and Soft Machine saw out the decade, after which Lyn took a break from recording during the 1980’s.
Moving back into recording in the early 90’s, Lyn recorded two albums with the Third Ear Band, “Magic Music” and “Brain Waves”. The year 2000 saw the release of a Soft Machine ‘best of’ album called “Noisettes” featuring some of the best of Lyn’s work with the band.
Lyn is currently living and performing with various groups in Chania, Crete.