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Galliano was a London based acid jazz group, started up in 1988. The group was the first ever signing to Eddie Piller and Gilles Peterson's Talkin' Loud label. The original members were Rob Gallagher (vocals), Constatine Weir (vocals), and Crispin Robinson (percussion). Other important members include Valerie Etienne, who participated in the recording of all their CDs, along with other musicians such as Mick Talbot on keyboards, Crispin Taylor on drums and Ernie McKone on bass guitar.

Galliano achieved the peak of its success in 1992 with "The Plot Thickens", a major work that fuses the extreme harmonies and rhythms of jazz with up-to-the-minute urban soul on tracks such as "Twyford Down", with its numerous changes of tempo, or "Travels the road" and "Long time gone".

Front man Rob Gallagher continues to perform (as of 2005/2006) as Earl Zinger.

Galliano provided the track used in the title sequence of the 1997 Samuel L Jackson movie '187'. The track 'Slack Hands' appears on their 1996 album '4'.


Their officially released full-length CDs include:

  • In pursuit of the 13th note - 1991 - Talkin' Loud
  • A joyful noise unto the Creator - 1992 - Talkin' Loud
  • What Colour Our Flag - 1994 - Talkin' Loud
  • The Plot Thickens - 1994 - Talkin' Loud
  • Thicker Plot (remixes 93-94) - Talkin' Loud
  • 4 (Four) - 1996 - Mercury Records
  • Live at Liquid Rooms (Tokyo) - 1997 - Talkin' Loud (Mercury Records)

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