Malcolm Cecil

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Malcolm Cecil in 2015
(Moog Music booth, NAMM Show 2015)

Malcolm Cecil (born 9 January 1937) is a British jazz bassist and Grammy Award-winning record producer.

Born in London, Cecil was a founding member of the UK's leading jazz quintet of the late 1950s, The Jazz Couriers,[1] before going on to join a number of British jazz combos led by Dick Morrissey, Tony Crombie and Ronnie Scott in the late 1950s and early 1960s.[2] He later joined Cyril Davies and Alexis Korner to form the original line-up of Blues Incorporated.

He later joined Robert Margouleff to form the duo TONTO's Expanding Head Band, a project based on a unique combination of synthesizers which led to them collaborating on and co-producing several of Stevie Wonder's Grammy-winning albums of the early 1970s.

TONTO's Expanding Head Band[edit]

With Robert Margouleff, he formed the duo TONTO's Expanding Head Band, a synthesizer-based project. The duo were closely associated with Stevie Wonder's multiple Grammy Award winning Talking Book (1972), sharing the Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical award as well as collaborating on and co-producing classic Wonder albums such as Music of My Mind, Innervisions and Fulfillingness' First Finale.

Cecil is credited, with Margouleff, as engineer for the Stevie Wonder produced album Perfect Angel (1974), by Minnie Riperton.

Their unique sound made them highly sought-after and they went on to collaborate with, amongst others, Quincy Jones, Bobby Womack, The Isley Brothers, Billy Preston, Gil Scott-Heron, Weather Report, Stephen Stills, The Doobie Brothers, Dave Mason, Little Feat, Joan Baez and Steve Hillage.


(see also Robert Margouleff Discography Margouleff and Cecil (together) Discography)

As leader/co-leader


  • 1981 Radiance

With TONTO's Expanding Headband[edit]

  • 1971: Zero Time
  • 1972: It's About Time
  • 1996: TONTO Rides Again (compilation of above)
As sideman

Production, etc.[edit]

As producer, programmer, and/or engineer:[3]

With Stevie Wonder[edit]


  • Dave Mason – It's Like You Never Left (1973)
  • Mandrill – Beast From The East (1975)
  • Billy PrestonIt's My Pleasure (1975)
  • Billy PrestonBilly Preston (1976)
  • Blood Donor – Rubber Revolution (1979 – from the album Blood Donor)
  • Savoy Brown – Kings of Boogie (1989 – recording engineer)
  • Mark Josephson – Dreamstate (1990)
  • Pete Bardens – Watercolours (2002)


  1. ^ The Jazz Couriers at David Taylor's British jazz web site Archived 8 December 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Ronnie Scott at David Taylor's British jazz web site Archived 26 September 2013 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "Malcolm Cecil – Discogs". discogs. Retrieved 27 November 2014.

External links[edit]

Malcolm Cecil discography at Discogs Edit this at Wikidata