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Soft Mountain


Canterbury Scene

3.59 | 16 ratings

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3 stars Soft Machine members from band's greatest period sax player Elton Dean and bassist Hugh Hopper had some interesting Soft-family projects before. First important work was Soft Heap band, still in 70-s.

Another Soft-project (this time from 2003) was Soft Works, they were toured Japan with. During that tour they spend a day in studio, jamming with Japanese legend keyboardist Hoppy Kamiyama and avant drummer Yoshida Tatsuya (Acid Mothers Temple,Daimonji).

Two long improvs were recorded during this session, but only released on CD in 2007. Music recorded is interesting combination of Soft Machine roots (Canterbury bass and sax) with modern Japanese avant garde. Listener will easy recognise some Canterbury sound, but drumming is very different, and common atmosphere is more cool and nervous, in key of Zorn's hardcore recordings.

Really interesting recording for Soft Machine/Elton Dean/Hugh Hopper fans, but could attract Japanese avant garde lovers as well.

Around 3,5.

snobb | 3/5 |


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