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Gong are an international progressive rock band that incorporates elements of jazz and space rock into their musical style. The group was formed in Paris in 1967 by Australian musician Daevid Allen and English vocalist Gilli Smyth. Band members have included Didier Malherbe, Pip Pyle, Steve Hillage, Mike Howlett, Pierre Moerlen, Bill Laswell and Theo Travis. Others who have played on stage with Gong include Don Cherry, Chris Cutler, Bill Bruford, Brian Davison, Dave Stewart and Tatsuya Yoshida. Gong's 1970 debut album, Magick Brother featured a psychedelic pop sound. By the following year, the second album, Camembert Electrique, featured the more psychedelic rock/space rock sound with which they would be most associated

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Didier Lockwood, Jan Hammer, Jeff Beck, Alan Holdsworth and Piere Moerlens Gong

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Didier Lockwood, Jeff Beck and Jan Hammer, Brian Bromberg plays Jimi Hendrix and drummer {Bill Bruford}} David Sancious, Pier Moerlens' Gong, Jaco Pastorius, Steve Grossman and Billy Cobham.Playlist Didier Lockwood “Fast Travel" from Live at Montreaux (MPS) 00:00 Jeff Beck Group “You Never Know" from Live at Hollywood Bowl (Eagle Vision) 09:58 Jan Hammer-Jeff ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

1976 Brand X, Gong, Weather Report, Pat Metheny and Eberhard Weber

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1976-music from British bands Brand X, Gong and Soft Machine. Mahavishnu Orchestra, Weather Report, Jaco Pastorius, Pat Metheny and Eberhard Weber.Playlist Brand X “Born Ugly" from Unorthodox Behaviour (Charisma) 00:00 Mahavishnu Orchestra “Miles Out" from Inner Worlds (CBS) 08:23 Jaco Pastorius “Kuru/Speak Like a Child" from Jaco Pastorius (CBS) 16:45 Weather Report “Black Market" ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

A Nostalgic Journey With Fusion From The '70s

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A nostalgic journey to the '70s with Herbie Hancock, Brand X, Soft Machine, Gong, The Eleventh House Larry Coryell, Michal Urbaniak, Brecker Brothers, Tony Williams, Billy Cobham and Jean-Luc Ponty.PlaylistHerbie Hancock “Sansho Shima" from Secrets (Record Label) 00:00Brand X “Malaga Virgen" from Livestock (Charisma) 05:39Soft Machine “Out Of Season" from Softs (Harvest) 11:24Gong “Boring" ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Brad Shepik, Carles Benavent, New York Gypsy All Stars, Herbie Hancock, Soft Machine, Larry Coryell

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Part 2 of our special segment featuring Ethnic Embraces taken from a series of articles from Mike Jacobs on all About Jazz called Backtracks featuring New York Gypsies, Carles Benavent and Brad Shepik. We then visit the seventies with music from Herbie Hancock, Brand X, Soft Machine, and Larry Coryel. Playlist New York Gypsy ...

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Article: Extended Analysis

Who Do You Think We Are?

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Trying to find a distinct definition of what has come to be known as “The Canterbury Sound" is as elusive as attempting to describe what, in the jazz world, has become an overused epithet for the German ECM Records label and “The ECM Sound." Attempts to do so usually fail short because, rather than being actual ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Exploring music from 1975 and 1978

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Exploring 1975 and 1978, plus Mark Egan, Ben Wendel and Yellowjackets. Playlist The New Tony Williams Lifetime “Mr Spock" from Believe It (Columbia) 00:00 David Sancious “One Time" from Forest of Feelings (Epic) 0:06:38 Gong “Soli" from Expresso 2 (Virgin) 13:17 Major Surgery “Beans" from Rare Live Performances (The Last Music Company) 19:47 Mark ...

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Article: Meet the Staff

Meet Mary Foster Conklin

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About Mary Foster Conklin Mary Foster Conklin is a jazz vocalist based in jny: New York City. She hosts A Broad Spectrum, a weekly broadcast celebrating women composers and lyricists on Sunday afternoons on the HD2 channel at WFDU FM based at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, New Jersey. The campus closed down in March due ...

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Article: Interview

Bill Bruford: In the Court of the Percussion King

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From the 1995-2003 archive: This article first appeared at All About Jazz in March 2001. A charmed life might be a good way of describing that of Bill Bruford. Always at the center of and driving vastly creative projects, including King Crimson, Yes, Earthworks, Genesis, Bruford, Gong and many other collaborations of like minds, ...

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Article: Interview

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

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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 ...


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