Very accessible (and I clearly mean that in a positive way!) Jazz Rock served live by the Softs' legacy band. As the name of the first title suggests (although that calmer track doesn't quite pay that cheque) the songs ares often building nicely on a riff and then developing (as in The Nodder). Nice interplay by the whole band! I found it hard to pick a favorite, so I like to mention the beautiful Song Of Aelous, as well!
Favorite track: The Nodder.
On their rousing new live disc for MoonJune (recorded during the European tour in October of 2009), Live Adventures, Soft Machine Legacy covers more vintage Soft Machine repertoire than on any of their previous releases. Creating fresh arrangements and new instrumentations like only they could, SML reinvigorates this classic songlist -- giving the tunes intriguing new dimensions, different textures, and decorating them with expansive, protean improvisations of the highest order. Both longtime fans and new converts alike can take heart in the knowledge that the Soft Machine family tree -- with its deep roots in the musical revolution of the ‘60s -- continues to sprout healthy new limbs well into the new century, showing no signs of slowing. The band's huge worldwide fan base still can't get enough of these legends, and Live Adventures caters to that demand in supreme fashion -- breathing new life and fresh fire into this classic Soft Machine songlist.This is no historical rehashing of Soft Machine, but a living, breathing music that is as vital and revelevant today as it ever was.
released June 25, 2016
JOHN ETHERIDGE: guitar
THEO TRAVIS: tenor sax, flute
ROY BABBINGTON: bass guitar
JOHN MARSHALL: drums
Tracks 3, 5, 8 & 9 were recorded by: Peter Hartl, at Posthof, in Linz, Austria, on 22 October 2009.
Tracks 1, 2, 4, 6 & 7 were recorded by: Fabian Gierscher, at The Village, in Habach, Germany, on 23 October 2009.
Mixed & Mastered by: Andrew Tulloch, at The Blue Room, in London, England, Spring 2010.
Produced by Soft Machine Legacy.
Executive Producer: Leonardo Pavkovic