(1945 - ) Mason is a singer and guitarist best known for his work with Steve Winwood
and Jim Capaldi
in the band Traffic
, but has also performed with the Rolling Stones
), Jimmy Hendrix (guitar in All along the watchtower
on Electric Ladyland
), Cass Eliott
, and Fleetwood Mac
(1993 - 1996).
Mason never enjoyed commercial success after leaving Traffic, but his albums are forgotten classics. Welcome to the Canteen, a traffic reunion of sorts, features some amazing Mason jams. I used to think Winwood had once been funky, and was the responsible for the part of the Traffic sound that I enjoyed, but I've since discovered that it's Mason. His album with Mama Cass kicks ass.