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The trio was born more or less by accident when, in the year 2000, three musicians had delivered a gig after a single rehersal. Not only did the concert turn out quite well but what was to be a one-night session turned out to be much more. The performers were guitarist Mikio Fukushima (KILLING FLOOR), bassist Norivumi Uchida and drummer Morihide Sawada. After the show, they started to jam on a bi-monthly basis until they decided to officially form a band and to call themselves MORSOF. The name is actually an amalgamation of MORNING MUSUME, an all-girl Japanese pop band, and SOFT MACHINE, who need no introduction - thankfully, they take their cue from the latter. With the help of four guest musicians, they released a CD in 2003, an interesting fusion album with a slight Japanese flair. In January 2005, however, drummer Sawada withdrew and on February 28, the band officially broke up.

Their album, titled "Heap", puts the spotlight on Fukushima's improvised sax play, the drive that fuels the other musicians' response. The listener is constantly surprised by odd tempo changes, twisted themes and exploding improvisations where are featured a particularly inspired rhythm section as well as some good soloing from the electric piano and guitars. This may be too wild & dizzy for the average symphonic prog ear but it is certainly a SOFT MACHINE fan's dream come true.

Particularly recommended to fans of early SOFT MACHINE and MATCHING MOLE, but also to GONG, Robert WYATT and WEATHER REPORT buffs.

: : : Lise (HIBOU), CANADA : : :

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 Heap by MORSOF album cover Studio Album, 2003
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Morsof Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by kev rowland
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2 stars Underneath the name on the album cover are the words Morning Machine And Soft Musume, so it is no surprise that this album is very, very much influenced by Soft Machine. They are a trio comprising Mikio FUKUSHIMA (Guitars), Norifumi UCHIDA (Bass) and Morihide SAWADA (Drums), but with lots of guests to keep the brass wailing and swirling. I like Soft Machine and tried really hard to get on with this one, but found that in many places although the guys at the front are trying to drive the music along, those at the back are so laid back that they are almost asleep, taking the audience with them. This is an album definitely only those into improvisational jazz. That they can all play is never in doubt. Whether anyone wants to listen to it is another matter altogether.?

Originally appeared in Feedback #78, April 2004

 Heap by MORSOF album cover Studio Album, 2003
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Morsof Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by scott_295

4 stars The whole album is very, very good, but only the last song, DADA, is truly essential. Even though the term doesn't really exist, as such, I'd call this music "free fusion". That is, free jazz + fusion. Yes, very Soft Machine inspired, but if Fukushima were to deny any influence from John Surman, then I would have to say he's beyond brilliant. As it is, he's just brilliant. A great disc.
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