b. 24 August 1945, London, England. Spring was one of a handful of young drummers (others included Bobby Orr and Phil Seamen) who emerged in the 50s to give the lie to the cliché ‘English rhythm sections don’t swing’. Initially self-taught since the age of six, Spring also studied with Philly Joe Jones. After freelancing through the early 60s, he began a fruitful collaboration with Stan Tracey, playing and recording with the pianist’s bands for eight years. In the late 60s and early 70s Spring played with Frank Ricotti and Klaus Doldinger’s band, Passport, as well as spending several months with the group Nucleus. In 1975 the drummer formed his own band, co-led by saxophonist Don Weller, an association that lasted into the 80s. Great energy and drive linked to a fine technique have made Spring the perfect drummer in many different settings, from big band to duet, and often the drummer of choice for visiting Americans of the stature of George Coleman and Charlie Rouse.