Col. Bruce Hampton & The Aquarium Rescue Unit

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Led by cult guitarist and singer Bruce Hampton, Col. Bruce Hampton & the Aquarium Rescue Unit were a jazz fusion outfit that blended multiple styles in a freewheeling manner, leading them to be associated with the jam band movement.

The band originated from a weekly Atlanta jam session hosted by Hampton (from the Hampton Grease Band and The Late Bronze Age) and eventually toured around the Southeastern United States with Hampton, Herring, Burbridge, Sipe, Mundy, and M’Butu. This lineup produced two albums; Col. Bruce Hampton and the Aquarium Rescue Unit, in 1992, and Mirrors of Embarrassment, in 1993.

During the summer of 1992, the group helped start the H.O.R.D.E. tour with such like-minded bands as Phish, Spin Doctors, Blues Traveler, Bela Fleck & the Flecktones, and Widespread Panic.

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