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Book Review

Different Every Time: The Authorised Biography of Robert Wyatt

Read "Different Every Time: The Authorised Biography of Robert Wyatt" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Different Every Time: The Authorised Biography of Robert Wyatt Marcus O'Dair 460 Pages ISBN: 978-1846687594 Serpent's Tail 2014 For all his self-effacing personality (on first meeting saxophonist Gilad Atzmon he described himself as an amateur musician) Robert Wyatt is an intelligent and extraordinarily talented musician, singer and composer. Introduced to jazz by his father, Wyatt was forever committed to the genre but, as his story unfolds his taste in music was, and is, ...


Album Review

Robert Wyatt: Comicopera

Read "Comicopera" reviewed by John Kelman

More ambitious than anything he's done before while, at the same time, more interactive, intimate and live sounding, Comicopera represents another milestone for singer/songwriter Robert Wyatt. It's not just that he's using a larger group of musicians for the record, making for the broadest musical canvas yet; but this three act opera (of sorts) consolidates many of the personal, social and political issues that have occupied his work since Rock Bottom (Virgin, 1974).

Wyatt began his ...


Extended Analysis

Robert Wyatt: Cuckooland

Read "Robert Wyatt: Cuckooland" reviewed by Joshua Weiner

Robert Wyatt Cuckooland Hannibal/Rykodisc 2003

The marriage of jazz and rock musical styles has had a checkered history. The late '60s records of Cannonball Adderley, Gary Burton, Tony Williams, and Miles Davis stretched the boundaries of jazz music while successfully bringing it to a broad young audience. The later development of Fusion with a capital “F" by Mahavishnu Orchestra, Return To Forever, and Weather Report led to platinum sales by ...


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