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Soft Machine: Hidden Details

Read "Hidden Details" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Hidden Details celebrates the fiftieth anniversary of Soft Machine's 1968 eponymous debut, a seismic event in the British psychedelic, jazz and rock music landscapes that still reverbates as the Canterbury scene/sound. This anniversary studio celebration also brought about Soft Machine's first tour of North America since 1974, with several 2018 shows featuring Gary Husband as guest ...

Big Bands, Orchestras and Soft Machines

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Randy Brecker & NDR Bigband
Rocks
Piloo Records & Productions LLC
2019

The easiest answer isn't always the best answer, but sometimes it is. So it's both easy and proper to point out that trumpet and flugelhorn master, composer, and bandleader Randy Brecker was kind enough ...

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Kevin Ayers And The Whole World: Hyde Park Free Concert 1970

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Thirty-eight years on, and Hyde Park Free Concert 1970 sounds like the kind of thing that would have present day festival goers running for cover from something other than the weather. In other words, it's a set of songs loosely jammed and punctuated by freakouts; a record of a moment in time when audiences expected something ...

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Soft Machine: Middle Earth Masters

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Dieci degli undici brani che formano questo importante documento recentemente pubblicato da Cuneiform arrivano da due concerti che i Soft Machine tennero al Middle Earth di Londra nel settembre del 1967 e nel maggio dell’anno successivo. Per la cronaca l’undicesimo brano è dell’autunno 1967, ma in questo unico caso non si sa quale fosse la location dove il ...

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Kevin Ayers: The BBC Sessions 1970-1976

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Fin dagli anni sessanta il chitarrista-cantante Kevin Ayers è stato visto come una sorta di gemello di Syd Barrett, operante nel campo del gruppo rivale, quei Soft Machine che all’inizio della loro avventura erano spesso contrapposti ai Pink Floyd. Questo bel doppio album della Hux raccoglie 28 brani dall’archivio della BBC, registrati fra il 1970 e il 1976, ...

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Kevin Ayers: The BBC Sessions 1970-1976

Read "The BBC Sessions 1970-1976" reviewed by John Kelman

It's always interesting to wonder what might have happened if a specific event in the history of a band hadn't occured. What would Soft Machine--a group ultimately more associated with jazz/rock and fusion--have become had original bassist/vocalist Kevin Ayers not left the band after an exhausting North American tour opening for Jimi Hendrix? Given Ayers' psychedelic ...