Soft Machine Legacy - Live at the New Morning 2 x CDs
The best live release by the Soft Machine Legacy, it's also one of the very last recordings by Elton Dean, who died less than two months after making this performance and recording, held at one of Paris' most important jazz clubs.
Tracks: Ash, Seven For Lee, 1212, Baker's Treat, Has Riff, Kings & Queens, Drum Solo, Two Down, Kite Runner, Strange Comforts.
"As a celestial phenomenon neighboring the musical big bang of the sixties, The Soft Machine Legacy echoes the melodious growl of an era...in those days, Soft Machine symbolized the uncompromising dialog between those rock and jazz musicians who were determined to create a synthesis of the untamed energy of rock and the improvisational thrust of jazz. Forty years later, the Soft Machine Legacy musicians have not forsaken their dreams."-Daniel Farhi.
"...this 92-minute live set...serves as an unpremeditated epitaph for Elton Dean who unexpectedly passed away just 5 weeks later. He was in fine form, as lyrical and melancholy as ever. The rest of the band (John Etheridge, Hugh Hopper & John Marshall, consummate professionals all) play an easy blend of updated Soft Machine tunes and Softish originals with Etheridge again providing the highlights, with subtle echo and fuzz effects boxes adding a distinctly 'moderne' sound to these old chestnuts. The band was really starting to gell as a working unit. One hopes (against hope) that the Legacy will find a way to continue, either with a new reedman or as a trio. The recording quality is astonishingly good (Marshall's drums especially -- which sound better than any of his studio recordings!) with great stereo separation, full spectrum sound and a silent house (except for polite applause between songs)."-Robert Carlberg