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Mike Ratledge

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The Dutch Lesson

Label: Cuneiform Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: Stanley Stamps Gibbon Album; Between; The Soft Weed Factor; Lefty; Gesolreut; EPV; Down the Road; Ealing Comedy; 37 1/2; J.S.M.; Riff II; Chloe and the Pirates; Hazard Profile; Improvisation; Gesolreut Jam.

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Article: Album Review

Soft Machine: The Dutch Lesson

Read "The Dutch Lesson" reviewed by Mark Sullivan


Soft Machine had played in Rotterdam several times before this 1973 show in the small theater De Lantaren. But this version of the band was relatively new. One of the earliest shows by the quartet of electric bassist Roy Babbington, Karl Jenkins (on multiple horns and electric piano), keyboardist Mike Ratledge and drummer John Marshall was ...

Album

Facelift France and Holland

Label: Cuneiform Records
Released: 2022
Track listing:
CD 1
Eamonn Andrews; Mousetrap; Noisette; Backwards; Mousetrap (reprise); Out-Bloody-Rageous; Facelift; Slightly All the Time; Moon in June / vocal improvisation; Esther's Nose Job / Pigling Bland.
CD 2
Facelift; Moon in June; 12/8 Theme; Drum solo; Esther's Nose Job / Pigling Bland.

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Article: Album Review

Soft Machine: Facelift France and Holland

Read "Facelift France and Holland" reviewed by Maurizio Comandini


Sotto l'ombrello robusto chiamato Soft Machine si nascondono in realtà parecchie band. All'inizio l'interesse del gruppo, nato nel 1966 in quel di Canterbury (anche se loro non vogliono essere considerati come esponenti del cosiddetto Canterbury Sound), era per una sorta di pop-rock patafisico, che poi ha iniziato a dilatarsi verso la psichedelia, il rock progressivo, il ...

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Article: Extended Analysis

Who Do You Think We Are?

Read "Who Do You Think We Are?" reviewed by John Kelman


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: Album Review

Soft Machine: Live At The Baked Potato

Read "Live At The Baked Potato" reviewed by Chris May


Live At The Baked Potato was recorded in Los Angeles in 2019 as part of Soft Machine's 50th Anniversary Tour. (Fact check: 2019 was the band's 53rd and this lineup's fourth anniversary). The latest album is a lot of fun even though it bears little resemblance to the music of the revolutionary 1966 -1969 lineups featuring ...

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Article: Album Review

Galasphere 347: Galasphere 347

Read "Galasphere 347" reviewed by Glenn Astarita


The record label duly notes that the ensemble's lineup is a pedigree from estimable progressive rock-based bands such as White Willow, Henry Fool, Änglagard, The Tim Bowess band, and more. Formed in 2018, Galasphere 347 occasionally draws similarities to prog giants, Porcupine Tree and Riverside amid the electro-symphonic stylings of many outfits from the strikingly advanced ...

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Article: Jazz Poetry

Poetry and Jazz: A Chronology

Read "Poetry and Jazz: A Chronology" reviewed by Duncan Heining


My intention here is to offer a detailed but inevitably incomplete chronology of poetry and jazz. The focus is solely on the combination of the two art forms in performance, not on poetry about jazz or jazz musicians or poetry inspired by jazz but not performed to music. My definition of 'poetry' is fairly broad and ...

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Article: Album Review

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 ...


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