Dzal – [dee-zuh l, -suh l]
Growing up in the 60’s was an exciting and eye-opening time. Brought up in Hertford, the son of an architect, after his father’s death Dzal was re-located to the North West. Soon becoming part of the ‘Art school’ mob he joined a blues band in Liverpool and was out there living and playing in the new pyschedelic era.
Taught to play guitar by his father, Dzal had ambition. Though working in all the Scouse clubs (the original Cavern Club being a regular gig), living in Cheshire was a little too ‘out in the sticks’ and it was not long before he re located, heading to the big city… London.
By this time a confident and learned performer Dzal searched for a band, every week picking up the Melody Maker, New Musical Express and trawling the adverts of ‘Guitarist wanted’ and it was not long before Dzal’s talents were recognised (via a box ad ) at an audition for the Equals, who were enjoying fame with their worldwide smash ‘Baby Come Back’. From German Clubs to Spanish bullrings they played them all and he soon developed a taste for performing and touring.
Towards the late 70’s, and now having left The Equals, he co-founded the rock band ‘No Dice’… who went on to sign with the EMI/Capitol group and released two albums. The band toured the UK, USA and mainland Europe supporting acts including Foghat, Status Quo, Rainbow, Tom Robinson Band, and Eddie and the Hotrods, amongst others.
In the 80’s Dzal became a freelance session player, working with major artists such as: Van Morrison, Nik Kershaw, Meatloaf, Nazareth, Del Shannon, Whitney Houston and ex Yardbirds project ‘Box of Frogs’ which featured Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page, Rory Gallagher, Steve Hackett and Ian Drury.
Throughout this busy period Dzal appeared on many recordings, which are listed in the ‘Credits’ tab above. In 1985 he was invited to re-join the Equals for international touring.
In 2002 the call came to play alongside long time personal favourite ‘Terry Reid’ with whom he still appears on UK tours to this day. You can hear Terry making a guest appearance on Dzal’s album ‘Drawing Horses’, singing ‘I Don’t Need You’.
Dzal enjoys keeping busy and is currently the guitarist for Jo Burt Experience, The Trembling Wilburys and many new projects and sessions.
With the release of the album ‘Drawing Horses’ Dzal is further developing new songs for future recordings and enjoys collaborating on many other songwriting projects.
He is the Diesel of ‘Peaches and Diesel‘, the Eric Clapton song on the ‘Slowhand’ album… Really!
And ask him about the Jeff Beck embarrassing moments story…