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Soft Machine: Other Doors

Read "Other Doors" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Soft Machine's Other Doors is a compelling exploration into the progressive jazz-rock fusion realm, highlighting the band's evolution and continued dedication to innovative musical expression and capturing the essence of Soft Machine's improvisational brilliance. The record unfolds like a sonic journey, inviting listeners into a world of intricate compositions and virtuosic performances. What sets Other Doors apart is its raw energy and the band's ability to blend various musical elements seamlessly. Tracks such as “Kings and Queens" and the Kevin ...

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Soft Machine: Live At The Baked Potato

Read "Live At The Baked Potato" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

European progressive jazz-rock ensemble Soft Machine seems to have run through more lives than even the luckiest tomcat. They've been first-rate musicians at every incarnation, and it's heartening to hear John Etheridge (guitar), John Marshall (drums), Roy Babbington (bass) and relative newcomer Theo Travis (piano, flute, saxophone) sound so vibrant as well as accomplished on Live at the Baked Potato. Baked Potato is a souvenir, recorded at Los Angeles' legendary musical hotspot, from the ensemble's 2019 tour of ...

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Soft Machine: Live At The Baked Potato

Read "Live At The Baked Potato" reviewed by Chris May

Live At The Baked Potato was recorded in Los Angeles in 2019 as part of Soft Machine's 50th Anniversary Tour. (Fact check: 2019 was the band's 53rd and this lineup's fourth anniversary). The latest album is a lot of fun even though it bears little resemblance to the music of the revolutionary 1966 -1969 lineups featuring Mike Ratledge on keyboards and flute, Robert Wyatt on drums and vocals, Kevin Ayers on guitar, bass guitar and vocals, Daevid Allen on guitar ...

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Theo Travis: Open Air

Read "Open Air" reviewed by John Kelman

It's been a very busy decade for Theo Travis. The British reed/woodwind multi-instrumentalist has appeared, to varying degrees, on literally every album that Steven Wilson has released since turning to a solo career in 2009--from Insurgentes and 2011's Grace for Drowning (Kscope), through 2013's best-selling The Raven That Refused to Sing (And Other Stories), 2015's commercial breakthrough Hand. Cannot. Erase. and 2016's interim EP, 4 1/2 (all on Kscope)--while touring the world for three years with the rising progressive rock ...

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Theo Travis: All I Know: An Anthology

Read "All I Know: An Anthology" reviewed by John Kelman

He's been on the scene for twenty years, but it's only been in the past few that Theo Travis has risen to prominence beyond the expanding group of musicians who call him up when they need a saxophonist/flautist with jazz chops but a rock sensibility--and an appreciation of the organic marriage of technology with acoustic instruments to expand their sonic reach. Travis has collaborated with King Crimson co-founder Robert Fripp on two improvised soundscape recordings including Live at Coventry Garden ...

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Soft Machine Legacy: Live Adventures

Read "Live Adventures" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Con la recente dipartita di Hugh Hopper il gruppo Soft Machine Legacy ha perso il suo ultimo legame diretto con la formazione classica dei Soft Machine che immancabilmente siamo portati ad associare all'album Third, uno dei capolavori della musica giovane di ogni tempo. A questo punto il legame più solido rimane quello del batterista John Marshall che all'epoca dell'album Fourth passò dai Nucleus ai Soft Machine per sostituire Robert Wyatt. Con i successivi arrivi di Karl Jenkins, Roy Babbington e ...

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Goldbug: The Seven Dreams

Read "The Seven Dreams" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Il quartetto Goldbug, guidato dal chitarrista Tim Motzer, è una sorta di supergruppo che mette assieme il batterista del trio di Adrian Belew, il saxofonista dei Soft Machine Legacy e il bassista dei Base3 per esplorare territori misteriosi pieni di echi elettronici e organici che si intersecano vicendevolmente senza soluzione di continuità. Le sette composizioni sono in larga parte improvvisate e danno poi modo a Tim Motzer di compiere un prezioso lavoro di editing, con la collaborazione di Barry Meehan, ...


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