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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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Travis & Fripp: Live at Coventry Cathedral

Read "Live at Coventry Cathedral" reviewed by John Kelman

Despite King Crimson being on permanent hiatus--at least officially, though momentum continues with its ongoing 40th Anniversary Series of newly remixed/remastered back catalog--its remaining co-founder, guitarist Robert Fripp, doesn't appear to be slowing down as he approaches 65. A hotly anticipated new recording teams the intrepid guitarist/soundscapist with guitarist Jakko M. Jakszyk and '70s Crimson alum/saxophonist/flautist Mel Collins; but with über-bassist Tony Levin and drummer Gavin Harrison also involved it's beginning to sound a lot like the next in Crimson's ...

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Theo Travis: From Prog to Jazz and Back Again

Read "Theo Travis: From Prog to Jazz and Back Again" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

British musician Theo Travis has one of the most varied performing and recording histories to be found among contemporary jazz musicians. A talented saxophonist, flautist and composer, Travis has performed solo, in duos and quartets, in straight ahead jazz combos and in electronic, improvisational groups.

He has performed live soundtracks in cinemas, duos with guitarist Robert Fripp in English churches, jazz standards in clubs and progressive rock at major European festivals. Travis, in both his playing ...

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Theo Travis: Slow Life

Read "Slow Life" reviewed by John Kelman

Between solo albums like Earth to Ether (33 Jazz, 2004) and Double Talk (33 Jazz, 2007), and working with progressive/fusion bands including Porcupine Tree, Gong, The Tangent, and Soft Machine Legacy, Theo Travis has become one of England's hardest working woodwind multi-instrumentalists. A fine player with a broad vernacular--blending the jazz tradition with a deeper understanding of the distinctively English sound of many of these groups--Travis would be a double threat if all he did was play his instruments and ...

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Theo Travis: Double Talk

Read "Double Talk" reviewed by John Kelman

The British jazz scene is filled with treasures often hidden from North American audiences. Woodwind multi- instrumentalist Theo Travis--who replaced Elton Dean in Soft Machine Legacy following the legendary saxophonist's unexpected passing in 2006--has his fingers in so many pies, however, that it's surprising he's not better known on the west side of the Atlantic. Along with a string of solo recordings including Earth to Ether (33 Records, 2004) and ambient explorations with his collaborative group Cipher, Travis can be ...

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Theo Travis: Eleven Bowls of Acidophilus Flute Salad

Read "Eleven Bowls of Acidophilus Flute Salad" reviewed by Anthony Shaw

Anyone who has wondered about the inclusion of music by the reputed space-rock band Gong in jazz annals should consider the recent release by the group's current saxophonist and flautist, Theo Travis. In addition to the well-received Earth to Ether, Travis has been active around the UK and abroad with his own band Cipher, but his recent work is a collectors' selection, released on vinyl in Holland by Tonefloat, going under the title of Eleven Bowls of Acidophilus Flute Salad. ...

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Theo Travis: View from the Edge & Earth to Ether

Read "Theo Travis: View from the Edge & Earth to Ether" reviewed by John Kelman

Theo Travis is yet another British jazz artist well-known in his own country but sadly under-appreciated elsewhere, especially in North America. With nearly ten records to his name, and involvement with Canterbury-related group Gong, progressive rockers Porcupine Tree, and singer Anja Garbarek, daughter of Norwegian legend Jan, it's no surprise that Travis' own records reflect a rich diversity--an eclecticism that is brought together by Travis' confident tenor tone and lyrically ethereal flute. Truth be told, like many jazz musicians of ...

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Theo Travis: Earth To Ether

Read "Earth To Ether" reviewed by Chris May

Quirky, quietly trippy and deliciously uncategorisable, Earth To Ether is an oddity (we like odd) even by Theo Travis' standards. The British flautist/saxophonist's varied activities include leading a hardworking on-the-road straight-ahead band, co-leadership of ambient/electronica outfit Cipher and free improv trio Marshall Travis Wood, and ongoing composing, performing and producing collaborations with Daevid Allen's Gong and singer/songwriter Anja Garbarek (daughter of Jan). Each of these diverse projects is stamped with Travis' trademark lyricism and love of lush, dreamy soundscapes.


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