Dave Waite

Both Dave Waite and Marian Segal are most known for their work as two-thirds of the obscure early-'70s folk-rock group Jade, who released an album highly similar in approach to the first two albums Fairport Convention made with Sandy Denny as singer in the late '60s. Prior to forming Jade, however, Waite and Segal worked as a folk duo, playing material that trod on similar territory as Denny did in her pre-folk-rock days, though it was more influenced by the pop-folk of acts such as the Seekers (and, in the latter part of the Waite-Segal partnership, Joni Mitchell). With Segal both the dominant singer and composer of the pair, the two attracted interest from record producer Jon Miller, who oversaw a few tracks cut in 1969 for a possible Polydor single. Nothing by the duo was released at the time, however, as Miller suggested the pair move to a more rock-oriented sound and introduced them to Rod Edwards, who became the third member of Jade. Three recordings from sessions for the possible Polydor single did finally appear on the 2004 CD Paper Flowers, which included 22 previously unreleased tracks that Waite and Segal did between 1967 and 1970, either in the studio, as home demos, or on the radio. ~ Richie Unterberger, Rovi