XERO SLINGSBY

Eclectic Fusion • United Kingdom
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b. Matthew Coe, 23 November 1957, Skipton, Yorkshire, England, d. 16 August 1988. Coe’s name change came in the mid-70s when punk rock made colourful stage-names de rigueur. He grew up in Bradford, where an accident at the age of 10 damaged his left hand: he took up the bass guitar as an alternative to therapeutic rubber-ball squeezing. He fell in with a motorbike crowd and played electric bass in numerous heavy rock bands. Sick of endless guitar indulgence, Ornette Coleman’s New York Is Now! was a revelation to him. He sold his Fender and Marshall amps and bought a double bass. He also acquired an alto saxophone. After spells as a grave-digger and tractor-driver for Bradford Council, he attended a two-year course at Harrogate Music School, supplemented by gigs with tenor player Richard Ward.

In 1979, Slingsby played in Ghent, the first of many visits to the more receptive
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XERO SLINGSBY Xero Slingsby & The Works : Up Down album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Xero Slingsby & The Works : Up Down
Eclectic Fusion 1986

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XERO SLINGSBY Xero Slingsby And The Works : Shove It album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Xero Slingsby And The Works : Shove It
Eclectic Fusion 1985

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