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Soft Machine: Hidden Details

Read "Hidden Details" reviewed by John Kelman

Following a series of releases for Moonjune Records under the moniker Soft Machine Legacy, beginning with 2005's Live in Zaandam and concluding, most recently, with 2013's Burden of Proof, this quartet consisting largely of members from the classic Canterbury group Soft Machine has finally decided to drop the “Legacy" and go it with the original name ...

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 ...

NEWS: RECORDING

MoonJune Records Sampler: 75 Tunes, Nearly 8 Hours Of Music For Only $5

MoonJune Records Sampler: 75 Tunes, Nearly 8 Hours Of Music For Only $5

Progressive Music Exploring Boundaries Of Jazz, Rock, Ethno, Avant & The Unknown 75 tunes from 75 albums on MoonJune Records High-quality download in FLAC or/and MP3-320. A $10 contribution gives you an extra bonus album-download of your choice. A $15 contribution gives you an extra two bonus album-downloads of your choice. A $20 contribution gives you an extra three bonus album-downloads of your choice. "The ...

ARTICLE: GENERAL ARTICLES

Avanti o indietro?

Read "Avanti o indietro?" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

La più o meno contigua uscita di reperti d'epoca di Jarrett, Osborne e Soft Machine ci induce a una disamina a largo raggio su cos'era e verso dove si muoveva il jazz, pur inteso in senso lato, nell'epoca in cui tanti ragazzi provenienti dal rock più o meno progressivo vi confluivano a frotte. Cercando anche di ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

John Etheridge: More Than a Legacy

Read "John Etheridge: More Than a Legacy" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

The home page of guitarist John Etheridge's website reveals that he's involved in seven current projects: nothing too unusual in the life of a contemporary jazz musician. Closer inspection quickly shows that the term “jazz musician" fails miserably to encompass the full range of Etheridge's work. There's his career as a solo performer; his duo with ...

Soft Machine Legacy: Burden of Proof

Read "Burden of Proof" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Subsequent to its psychedelic late 60s existence, Soft Machine redeployed its musicality into a hybrid form of British prog-rock meets avant-garde jazz and jazz fusion schema. The band invoked a signature sound, partly due to keyboardist Mike Ratlledge's fuzz-toned Lowry organ performances and other prominent factors. A chief proponent of Britain's fabled Canterbury music scene, many ...

Soft Machine Legacy: Burden of Proof

Read "Soft Machine Legacy: Burden of Proof" reviewed by Dave Wayne

Over the course of three albums released between 1968 and 1970, the British band Soft Machine transformed from one of the trippiest and mind-bendingly inventive rock bands of the psychedelic era into a raging musical torrent of free jazz, thunderous prog rock, and high- concept minimalist-inspired avant-garde stylings. With the dizzying changes in musical direction came ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Soft Machine Legacy Releases New Studio Album "Burden Of Proof"

Soft Machine Legacy Releases New Studio Album "Burden Of Proof"

Soft Machine Legacy makes their most powerful statement to date, delivering an album of epic proportions and their first studio output since 2007's Steam. Infectious grooves, undeniably hip vibes and sizzling performances dominate the outing, as the veteran progressive music masters continue to break new ground and offer listeners yet more previously-unseen facets of their dynamic ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Steven Wilson: Luck's What You Make It

Read "Steven Wilson: Luck's What You Make It" reviewed by John Kelman

There was a time when progressive rock really meant what its name suggested: progressive music, music that pushed the boundaries of what rock music was, often by integrating elements of classical music and jazz into the mix. Milestone groups ranging from better-knowns like Yes, Genesis, King Crimson, Jethro Tull, Gentle Giant and Van der Graaf Generator ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Travis & Fripp: Follow

Read "Follow" reviewed by John Kelman

The potential of the improvising duo has been tremendously extended thanks to the seemingly limitless possibilities of technology. King Crimson co-founder/guitarist Robert Fripp has always been on the cutting edge of that technology, whether in the context of his now-deserted flagship group, on his groundbreaking duo recordings with Brian Eno or alone, with his series of ...