Founding member and veteran American sax man Bob Gillett denies the hard-living pros were ever scruffy or dirty. The threat that hung in the air was the radically evolving experimental nature of the time that the group was channelling.
With fellow session and backing band regular Doug Jerebine, Gillett roped in Auckland veterans Trix Willoughby, John “Yuk” Harrison, Murray Grindlay, Ian Thomson, Charley Gray, Harvey Mann, Tommy Ferguson and Puni Soloman for residencies at The Embers, Picasso and The Bowl, and radio sessions including The Stebbing’s Hour.
The Brew’s experiments with Indian sounds and philosophy led via their ingrained pop instincts to the psychedelic whimsy of ‘Bengal Tiger’, sung by Ray Woolf as a raga-led mantra. The single was backed with an equally strange reworking of ‘Tea For Two’, sung by Tommy Ferguson, both recorded for the Tea Council, which was trying to ingratiate itself to the growing teen audience with sponsored Tea Raves and a "tea is cool" advertising campaign on Radio Hauraki.
Bob Gillett passed away on 9 November, 2013.
Doug Jerebine issued an acclaimed album in 2012, 43 years after he had recorded it in 1969.
Trixie Willoughby was the father of 80s and 90s pop star Kim Willoughby.
Bob Gillett was later in Breeze, which included Sonny Day, Dave Shepherd, Steve Wilson and Brett Neilsen and Space Farm.
Harvey Mann - guitar
Trix Willoughby - drums
Ian Thomson - drums
Puni Solomon - bass
Archie Bowie - vocals