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Soft Machine: Grides

Read "Grides" reviewed by Donald Elfman

These Cuneiform people have a sense of what music grabbed people at a crucial point in the development of jazz and rock. Their sixth rare Soft Machine set is a thing of primal, noisy wonder, forged at a time when the fusion was “nuclear --causing sonic explosions. This version of the group--with the late Elton Dean ...

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Soft Machine: Grides

Read "Grides" reviewed by John Kelman

Given the ongoing release of archival live recordings by Soft Machine, you have to wonder if we'll ever reach a saturation point, especially with the heavy emphasis on the British jazz/rock group's 1969-71 lineup with the recently deceased saxophonist/pianist Elton Dean, keyboardist Mike Ratledge, bassist Hugh Hopper and drummer/vocalist Robert Wyatt. So many recordings are already ...

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Soft Machine: Grides

Read "Grides" reviewed by Nic Jones

Any notion of a golden age should always be treated with the utmost scepticism, but the more time passes, the clearer it becomes that the decade from 1965 to 1975 witnessed perhaps the last great step in the evolution of jazz and its relationship with other musical forms. Jazz-rock fusion was destined to peter out in ...