Jerry Stevenson (vocals/guitar), Bob Jenkins (drums) and Dave Bronze (bass) formed this blues rock band in the autumn of 1990. Stevenson has literally thousands of gigs to his name, recording and/or touring with Chris Rea, Peter Green, Procol Harum, the Beach Boys, Duane Eddy and Tina Turner. Jenkins is the son of a celebrated saxophone player, and started playing jazz gigs while still in his teens. Session recording work with Kiki Dee, Elton John, Marshall Hain, Jack Bruce and Van Morrison followed, with more recent work accompanying Jimmy Witherspoon, Jay Owens and Roger Chapman. With the newly founded trio announcing a simple brief of playing whatever music they liked and having fun, they embarked on widespread touring as Be Sharp. This resulted in two ferocious live albums, Be Sharp Live and Pier Pressure, while members also concurrently worked and recorded with other artists including Tony Hadley and Procol Harum. At this point Bronze was tempted away by an offer to join Eric Clapton’s band, and was replaced by Andy Brown, who at the time had just finished work with Tanita Tikaram and Oleta Adams. Brown’s career began with a stint in the Alan Brown Set in the late 60s, before working with Richard Thompson, Tiger and Gerry Rafferty. After intensive rehearsals the trio began to record their first studio album in between their still punishing touring schedule. Play This! was an album of all original material, with six songs written by Stevenson, three by Brown and one by Bronze before he left the band. Touring throughout Europe intensified, yet the members again found time for sundry other projects, including work with record producer Gus Dudgeon.
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