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Nik Turner is perhaps best known as the founding saxophone and flute player for pioneering "space rock" band Hawkwind. As well as contributing to the profound influence that this band has had on rock and punk with its focus on community and grassroots movements -- including its many benefit shows and long-standing support of England's free festivals, Turner may also be the first saxophonist to effectively bring free jazz to rock music. Independent of his work with Hawkwind, Turner has an extensive performance history with his own bands such as Sphynx, Inner City Unit, and Space Ritual, and has perfomed and recorded with such artists as Farflung, the Stranglers, and Sting.

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Nik Turner and Youth: Pharaohs From Outer Space

Read "Pharaohs From Outer Space" reviewed by Chris May

Pharaohs From Outer Space is one of three albums launching British experimental / ambient label Painted Word. The label has been formed by post-punk band Killing Joke's bassist Youth, who describes the album--which he produced and co-headlines with Nik Turner, saxophonist with psychedelic space-rockers Hawkind--as “a nod to Sun Ra and Alice Coltrane." It is mellifluous, ...

Life In Space

Label: Purple Pyramid
Released: 2017
Track listing: End Of The World; Why Are You?; Back To Earth; Secrets Of The Galaxy; Universal Mind; Approaching The Unknown; As You Were; Master Of The Universe.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Nik Turner: Life In Space

Read "Life In Space" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

The British reedman, vocalist, and former member of the legendary space rock band Hawkwind navigates the cosmos once again. For some, Life in Space may equate to solitude and awe, but Nik Turner's festive approach may be more conducive to joyriding on Comets. Indeed, the artist's vocals take on an air of innocence, often mixed evenly ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Various Artists: Light My Fire: A Classic Rock Salute to The Doors

Read "Light My Fire: A Classic Rock Salute to The Doors" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Southern California-based Purple Pyramid Records and producer, instrumentalist Billy Sherwood raised the bar with this tribute to The Doors by convening a star-studded cast, featuring classic rockers performing with progressive rock luminaries. And the jazz contingent is onboard, evidenced by jazz guitar great Larry Coryell appearing with Focus keyboardist Thijs Van Leer on “Love Me Two ...

Space Gypsy

Label: Purple Pyramid
Released: 2013
Track listing: Fallen Angels STS-51-L; Joker’s Song; Time Crypt; Galaxy Rise; Coming of the Maya; We Ride the Timewinds; Eternity; Anti-Matter; The Visitor; Something’s Not Right (Bonus Track).

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Nik Turner: Space Gypsy

Read "Space Gypsy" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Nik Turner (woodwinds, vocals) was a member of the seminal British space-rock band, Hawkwind. Here, he rekindles the days of yore with a splendid new offering that proffers a fresh perspective. To a certain extent, Space Gypsy generates a contrast of how current and perhaps cleaner digital technology contrasts the warmer, full-bodied sound of analog, when ...

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Hawkwind's Nik Turner Interviewed at AAJ

Hawkwind's Nik Turner Interviewed at AAJ

Nik Turner is perhaps best known as the founding saxophonist and flautist for pioneering “space rock" band Hawkwind. As well as contributing to the profound influence that this band has had on rock and punk with its focus on community and grassroots movements--including its many benefit shows and long-standing support of England's free festivals, Turner may ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Nik Turner: Bringing the Music to the People

Read "Nik Turner: Bringing the Music to the People" reviewed by Jack Gold-Molina

Nik Turner is perhaps best known as the founding saxophonist and flautist for pioneering “space rock" band Hawkwind. As well as contributing to the profound influence that this band has had on rock and punk with its focus on community and grassroots movements--including its many benefit shows and long-standing support of England's free festivals, Turner may ...


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