Started by James "Plunky" Branch, this group was renamed twice, and is the epitome of Afro Soul Jazz. James started the label N.A.M.E. Brand Records, and even worked as a studio musician on The Cosby Show. He has since gone on to teach music at two Universities.
Scott was the frontman of a successful 60's pop trio called The Walker Brothers. At around 1967, he went solo with the release of Scott. It was well received, and it resulted in three more albums of a similar style, until he kinda disappeared on and off, only to reemerge in the 80's as an avant garde composer. He's revered by the likes of David Bowie, Brian Eno, and Nick Cave. It's well worth reading about him, and getting to know his career.
Roy Brooks played with many big names: Yusef Lateef, Horace Silver, Sonny Stitt, Lee Morgan, Dexter Gordon, Charles Mingus .....On and on and on. His solo albums are deep and soulful, growing more poetic through the years.
Clifford had a fantastic and innovating solo career, as well as one hell of a contributor with such heavyweights as Sun Ra, Sam Rivers, Sunny Murray, and Archie Shepp. His work is commonly boxed in to the expansive genre of Free Jazz. Politically, he was very convicted and he had no qualms letting others know of his leanings. These views, as justified as they might have been, led to a ban from entering France where his work was fruitful. He is suppose to have met with the Black Panther Party's Bobby Seale and Eldridge Cleaver, and he accepted a position with UNESCO's International Bureau of Education to be an educational counselor on African-American education. So, he was very active in bettering the inhumane conditions which saturated the 1960's and 70's. Like I said, a man of conviction. There's much more to learn about Mr. Thornton, so I suggest you read up on him.
Sadly, Heitkotter was institutionalized for schizophrenia by his family who didn't know how to care for him. In the same vein of thought as Roky Erickson, and Daniel Johnston, this is a strange "bedroom" produced pysch-rock album which had only about 25 original copies pressed and handed out to local radio stations in California. It became a holy grail to find one of these, and what little collectors knew of Stephen's troubled past became legend. Finally, in 2010 his work was dusted off and reissued, including some demo recordings which had essentially never been heard by anyone else.