In this Jazz Up Late, Gerry takes a look at Soft Machine's television broadcast, recorded for Germany's famous NDR Jazz Workshop on May 17, 1973.
This performance was one of the earliest shows by the quartet of Roy Babbington (electric bass), Karl Jenkins (oboe, baritone sax, soprano sax, electric piano), John Marshall (drums) and Mike Ratledge (electric piano, organ).
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Soft Machine are an English progressive rock band from Canterbury, named after the book The Soft Machine by William S. Burroughs. They were one of the central bands in the Canterbury scene, and helped pioneer the progressive rock genre. Though they achieved little commercial success, they are considered by AllMusic to be "one of the more influential bands of their era, and certainly one of the...
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