by Glenn Astarita
This first-rate UK-based saxophone quartet has been in existence since 1984, and it is celebrated for its thought-provoking reimagining of well-known works from progressive rock icons such as King Crimson on Crimson! (Basho Music, 2016), and a cunning slant on Soft Machine, Dedicated to You... But You Weren't Listening (Moonjune, 2007). Here, the musicians derive inspiration from David Bowie's Berlin years and the significance of his association with producer, composer and trailblazing ambient-electronic artist, Brian Eno. The immaculate ...read more
by Nic Jones
Although this is a program consisting predominantly of music written by (now) ex-members of Soft Machine, the line taken is about as far from repertory as possible. It amounts to a rethinking of music that was nearly always distinctive. The approach here ensures that it ends up only more so, and not simply because a saxophone quartet is some kind of polar opposite to how that band rendered the music.
The fact that the music is able to withstand such ...read more
by John Kelman
The legacy of Soft Machine continues to be felt to this day through alumni-related projects including Soft Bounds, Soft Mountain and Soft Machine Legacy. But it's the Delta Saxophone Quartet's Dedicated to You...But You Weren't Listening--The Music of Soft Machine that may be the most revelational...and revolutionary look at a legendary British group that ran the gamut from post-Dadaist psychedelia to free jazz and fusion between 1966 and 1981.
Those familiar with Soft Machine can draw ...read more