The Quincy Conserve Profile

Gary Steel
29 Jul 2014

In an international context, The Quincy Conserve was hardly unique, and it doesn’t take a special pair of ears to pick up the similarities with slick, jazz-influenced, horn-led American groups like Blood, Sweat & Tears and Chicago Transit Authority.

Still, The Quincy were no copyists, and while their recorded output necessarily included a bunch of covers, their originals stand up as some of the best work by any New Zealand band of the 1960s or 1970s.

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Peter Dawkins with Quincy Conserve at HMV studio in early 1971. From left: Dennis Mason, John McCormick, Rufus Rehu, Barry Brown-Sharpe, Dave Orams, Richard James Burgess, and Malcolm Hayman. Seated are Peter Dawkins and engineer Peter Hitchcock. Visible behind Rehu is the top unit of the 4-track Ampex tape recorder.
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Quincy Conserve backing Allison Durbin at Gisborne's Beach Carnival, January 1969
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Quincy Conserve recording at HMV
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The sleeve for the group's second album recorded between August and December 1971 at HMV Studios in Wellington. The title and '1967-1971' on the cover referred to the fact that the band had broken up by the time the album was released. Produced by Peter Dawkins, the album featured the bands signature tune Aire Of Good Feeling which gained extensive coverage when used to promote TV2 in 2008.
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Rufus Rehu recording at HMV Studios, Wellington, 1971
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Malcolm Hayman at The Spectrum Bar, Wellington
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Quincy Conserve in 1972: Mike Conway, Dave Orams, Kevin Furey, Johnny McCormick, Barry Brown-Sharpe, Malcolm Hayman, Rufus Rehu.
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The 1973 single from "Warehouse" - actually Quincy Conserve under a fake name. The B side, 'Brurp', was recorded by BLERTA.
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John McCormick
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A rare colour shot of The Quincy Conserve c.1969: Dennis Mason, Malcolm Hayman, Raice McLeod, Rufus Rehu, Dave Orams and Johnny McCormick
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The 2008 Quincy Conserve compilation, put together for EMI by Grant Gillanders, used all the original tape masters
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Rufus Rehu and John McCormick recording with The Quincy Conserve in HMV, 1971
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Malcolm Hayman and Raice McLeod
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Quincy Conserve in Gisborne, January 1969. At rear: John McCormick, Malcolm Hayman, Dennis Mason. Front: Rufus Rehu, Raice McLeod, David Orams.
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Quincy Conserve at Wellington's Downtown Club, circa 1969
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Quincy Conserve in the Downtown Club
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Quincy Conserve on the corner of Willis Street and Lambton Quay, Wellington, early 1970s. Left to right: Mike Conway, Rufus Rehu, Malcolm Hayman, Kevin Furey, Johnny McCormick, Fritz Stigter, Barry Browne-Sharpe.
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Quincy Conserve, 1969: Malcolm Hayman, Rufus Rehu, Ria Kerekere, Johnny McCormick, Dennis Mason and Dave Orams with Raice McLeod in front.
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Quincy Conserve having a band conference after a take. HMV studio, Wakefield Street, Wellington, 1971.
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Quincy Conserve north of Wellington, 1971
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Quincy Conserve in 1968: Denys Mason, John McCormick, Rufus Rehu, Malcolm Hayman, Raice McLeod, Kevin Furey and Dave Orams.
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Quincy Conserve in 1970: Left to right, top to bottom: Rufus Rehu, Dennis Mason, Johnny McCormick, Bruno Lawrence, Kevin Furey, Malcolm Hayman, Dave Orams
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The Brothers Johnston in New Zealand circa 1973, backed by The Quincy Conserve at Wellington's Downtown Club
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The cover art for the 1970 Peter Dawkins - produced debut album of Malcolm Hayman's Wellington band. The line up for this album included Bruno Lawrence, who penned the band's breakthrough hit Ride The Rain.
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Quincy Conserve in 1973. Left to right at rear: Billy Brown, Peter Blake, Rodger Fox, Geoff Culverwell, Murray Loveridge. Front: Malcolm Hayman, Paul Clayton
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The 1973 EMI album Tasteful was a more rock orientated album than its predecessors. Designed by Ian Munro and Terence Eady.
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Quincy Conserve in 1971: Barry Brown-Sharpe, Dave Orams, Malcolm Hayman, Dennis Mason (rear), Richard James Burgess (front),  Rufus Rehu and John McCormick
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Johnny McCormick with Quincy Conserve at The Downtown Club, circa 1969
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Quincy Conserve 1971
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Quincy Conserve in Wellington, 1971: Fritz Stigter, Mike Conway, Barry Brown-Sharpe, Malcolm Hayman, Rufus Rehu, Johnny McCormick and Kevin Furey
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The final Quincy Conserve album, released in 1975 for Ode Records, is regarded now as a classic but has long been out of print on CD or vinyl
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Malcolm Hayman - vocals, guitar, arrangements

Dave Orams - bass

Rufus Rehu - keyboards

Bruno Lawrence - drums

Johnny McCormick - saxophone

Dennis Mason - saxophone

Kevin Furey - guitar

Barry Brown-Sharpe - trumpet

Richard James Burgess - drums

Tom Swainson - drums

Graeme Thompson - bass

Peter Blake - keyboards

Rodger Fox - trombone

Geoff Culverwell - trumpet

Murray Loveridge - bass

Bill Brown - drums

Paul Clayton - guitar

Bryan Beauchamp - drums

Earl Anderson - drums

Raice McLeod - drums

Mike Conway - drums

Peter Cross - trumpet

Harry Leki - guitar

Fritz Stigter - bass

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Johnny McCormick and Dennis Mason amplified their saxophones by using old hearing aids as microphones.

The Quincy Conserve was named by Dalvanius Prime.

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