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INTERVIEW

Gong gave me jazz ears - an investigation into the recent evolution of Gong

Read "Gong gave me jazz ears - an investigation into the recent evolution of Gong" reviewed by Anthony Shaw

Introducing the band Gong, or as they are frequently known on the internet the Gong-band, is somewhat similar to introducing a primary color to a blind person. The more words used, the less clear the idea. Suffice it to say that a band which has existed for over 50 years, has included well over 50 musicians from 15 or so different countries, and been classified under almost as many genres, is tricky to pin down. In fact to quote their ...

LIVE REVIEW

Gong at the Assembly Rooms Islington

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Gong, supporting Steve Hillage Assembly Rooms Islington London, UK November 16, 2019 We all know that it's never literally the same river twice, but with a band it's a little more complicated. A name can mean everything when it comes to sales and marketing, so even when the band in question is not heading the concert bill the expectations are complex, reality rather baffling. The original Australian founder, now four ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Gong: Rejoice! I'm Dead!

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Vocalist, guitarist and composer, Daevid Allen was perhaps progressive rock's favorite hippie, and in the 1960s co-founded pivotal and revered Euro outfits, Gong and Soft Machine. Since the late 60s, Allen embarked on a solo career and led various psych-rock ensembles amid resurgences of Gong, which is an entity that sports a manifold legacy, spanning disparate stylistic approaches. Up until his death from cancer in 2015 Allen was all over the map via his cosmic explorations and collaborations with like-minded ...

REDISCOVERY

Gong: Gazeuse!

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Gong Gazeuse! Virgin1976 Today's Rediscovery is Gazeuse! (released in North America as Expresso, by Canterbury-related band Gong, caught in a period of significant transition. The group first came together under the leadership of Australian-born Daevid Allen, an early member of Soft Machine who, after being denied reentry into the UK due to visa problems in 1967, remained in France and formed Gong largely around a group of French musicians including saxophonist/flautist Didier Malherbe, ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Gong: 2032

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Forty years have passed since Gong united in Paris, one of the cultural aftershocks of the city's student riots in May 1968. 2032 brings them back from the future and splashes them down in the instrumental jam-band scene that they originally helped create with their unique blend of progressive rock and jazz instrumentals, experimental electronics, eastern/western fusions, and self-depreciating humor. “2032 is the year that the Planet Gong makes full contact with the Planet Earth, and a major new chapter ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Gong: Live 2 Infinitea/Live In London

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In the age of digital precision, it’s a reassurance to know that the spontaneity of live recording is not extinct. And when the band in question has a sum total of over 100 years of professional experience it’s a tonic to hear the power of the record. The disc provides ample evidence that Gong both should and shouldn’t be included under the jazz rubric! The selection of 14 tracks includes 10 pieces from February’s funk-jazz inspired ZERO 2 INFINITY(SNA 824), ...


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