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Soft Machine was formed in 1966 by Robert Wyatt, Mike Ratledge, Kevin Ayers and Daevid Allen. Wyatt had already worked with Allen in the Daevid Allen Trio (which Ratledge occasionally jammed with) in 1963, and with Ayers in the Wilde Flowers in 1964. Although the band had its roots in Canterbury, it soon became a London- based band. In January 1967, the band's one and only single ever was recorded : it had two songs on it, "Loves Make Sweet Music" and "Feelin', Reelin', Squeelin'". Three months later, a collections of demos was recorded at DeLane Lea Studios with producer Giorgio Gomelsky, but not officially released until 1971 (on two compilations on the French Byg label)

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

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

Read "Brad Shepik, Carles Benavent, New York Gypsy All Stars, Herbie Hancock, Soft Machine, Larry Coryell" reviewed by Len Davis


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: Album Review

Marcos Resende & Index: Marcos Resende & Index

Read "Marcos Resende & Index" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki


This debut, eponymous recording by Brazilian keyboard wizard Marcos Resende was recorded in Rio de Janeiro in late summer 1976. This was a truly glorious time for progressive instrumental music in Brazil, as you can hear in the discographies of Eumir Deodato, Marcos Valle, Airto Moreira and many other artists. Resende put together a ...

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Mahogany Frog: In the Electric Universe

Read "In the Electric Universe" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki


Have you ever tried to catch a frog? Frogs are impossibly quick. They jump around unpredictably in starts and stops and in every possible direction. By the time you catch up to a frog, that frog is generally somewhere else already. Frogs are very difficult to catch. Listening to In the Electric ...

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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: From the Inside Out

Italian Spirits, Dubé Debuts and Chasing (Mahogany) Frogs

Read "Italian Spirits, Dubé Debuts and Chasing (Mahogany) Frogs" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki


Paul Colombo Group Rio Crystal Vectordisc Records 2020 Rio Crystal is the perfect title for this bright and clear, warm and sunny set led by guitarist Paul Colombo. Its frontline pairs Colombo's nimble guitar with keyboardist Ron Thomas, supported by bassist Andy Alonso and drummer Chris ...

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Yves Rousseau Septet: Fragments

Read "Fragments" reviewed by Claudio Bonomi


Yves Rousseau, contrabbassista e compositore francese, è uno dei quei personaggi talmente poliedrici ed eclettici che è davvero difficile circoscrivere all'interno di un genere o uno stile. Classe 1961, vanta una carriera densa di lavori e, soprattutto, di incontri che lo hanno portato sulla retta via di un jazz contemporaneo, melodico, ibrido e sempre ricco di ...

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Article: Album Review

Elephant9: Arrival Of The New Elders

Read "Arrival Of The New Elders" reviewed by Chris May


Unlike jazz or rock, both of which originated in the US, jazz-rock was born simultaneously in the US and Europe, with a British band the first off the blocks. Soft Machine's eponymous debut was released in 1968. It was followed by drummer Tony Williams' Lifetime's Emergency! (Polydor) in 1969 and trumpeter Miles Davis' Bitches Brew (Columbia) ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

A Random Selection Of The Best New Releases Of 2020, Part 1

Read "A Random Selection Of The Best New Releases Of 2020, Part 1" reviewed by Len Davis


Best new releases of 2020. Playlist Soft Machine “The Tale of Taliesen" from Live at Baked Potato (Moonjune) 00:00 Raoul Bjorkenheim “Saturn" from Solar Winds (Long Song) 05:54 The Backstage “Isolation" from Isolation (Reingold) 11:40 Scott Jones “Floki's Shipyard" from Fictional Characters (Self Produced) 17:34 Gavin Harrison / Antoine Fafard “Transmutation Cycle" from Chemical ...

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Article: Live Review

Norwegian Digital Jazz Festival 2020, Part 3

Read "Norwegian Digital Jazz Festival 2020, Part 3" reviewed by Mark Sullivan


Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 Norwegian Digital Jazz Festival Sentralen Oslo, Norway December 8-11, 2020 December 8Beady Belle Beady Belle is a soul/jazz band led by vocalist Beate S. Lech. For this performance she was joined by her husband Marius Reksjø on electric bass, plus keyboardist ...


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