SOFT MACHINBE LEGACY
Having successfully performed on the 'Cruise to the Edge' Prog cruise in April 2014, Soft Machine Legacy have further live dates in 2014, including a special London date on Wednesday 30 April.
Appearing as a five piece with special guest pianist extraordinaire Keith Tippett, this will be something not to be missed.
Weds 30 April 2014 The Jazz Café - 5 Parkway, Camden NW1 7PG - 0207 485 6834 ( website)
The Line Up:
JOHN ETHERIDGE: electric guitar
ROY BABBINGTON: bass guitar
JOHN MARSHALL: drums and percussion
THEO TRAVIS: tenor sax, flute, keys
KEITH TIPPETT; Piano
"Despite its moniker, Soft Machine Legacy is not a tribute project or an attempt to recreate the music of the 1970s. The music here is fresh, risky, and full of life. If 'Burden of Proof' proves anything, it's that the spirit of exploration in music remains alive and well. Fittingly so, because that's what Soft Machine was all about in the first place".
Dave Wayne. All About Jazz
"Etheridge plays with a biting slightly smouldering tone evoking pre-Mahavishnu John McLaughlin. Travis has a fluid surging wail out of Coltrane, Rollins, and Joe Henderson and the bass and drums team is tight and propulsive as you're likely to hear this year". Mark Keresman, Icon Magazine.(4 stars. )
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
So 2013 was one incredible year for me. I spent much of the year touring with the Steven Wilson Band - 79 concerts in all, in 19 countries. The band is wonderful and the musicians in it spectacular. I really enjoyed hanging out with the 'jazzers' in the band - Adam Holzman and Chad Wackermann and hearing all their great stories about playing with the likes of Miles Davis, Alan Holdsworth, Steve Gadd, Frank Zappa, Wayne Shorter and others. Everyone in the band has a huge amount of experience and they have all done amazing things. All across the world the audiences were wonderful and if you were at one of the gigs, I thank you for your enthusiasm. It was very special playing to a sold out Royal Albert Hall in London (5 out of 5 review in The Sun newspaper too!) and also the Royal Festival Hall in the same year. Touring the USA was great and it was fascinating to go back to Mexico and South America. I also had my first ever trip to Australia and it was fantastic to play in Israel again, for the first time since 2000. Steven's album ' The Raven that Refused to Sing' has been voted album of the year in countless polls and topped the charts in many progressive webzines, magazines and other lists. Plus the Albert Hall gig has been voted gig of the year and the whole tour 'Event of the year' in Prog magazine.
Also two other albums that I feature on have also been in the end of year 'Best of 2013' lists - 'Le Sacre du Travail', by the Tangent and very pleasingly 'Burden of Proof' by Soft Machine Legacy, so that is great too.
For any of you who have enjoyed my Tour Blogs, I hope you will be interested in my first project of 2014. This is to compile all my 2012 and 2013 Blogs from the Steven Wilson Tour and make a Deluxe Limited Edition book. This will feature over 100 photographs from the tours and be professionally edited, bound and printed. Entries will be expanded and whole additional sections added, for example from the recording sessions in Los Angeles in September 2012 for the Raven album. To do this properly, I will need your help and I have launched a 'Kickstarter' campaign to raise funds for the project. All sorts of added extras are being offered, and you can check it all out here
I will be really grateful for your participation in this project, so please help and make this happen!
Thanks very much. Theo
TRAVIS & FRIPP - 'Follow' 2LP Vinyl edition
'Follow' is the 2012 Travis & Fripp studio collaboration mixed and mastered by Steven Wilson. This limited vinyl edition on the Dutch Tonefloat label comes with a numbered gatefold sleeve, innerbags with full colour photos and 180 gm coloured vinyl. The album contains an entrancing collection of melodies, textures, soundscapes and compositions, and also features 'So There' which includes a guitar/saxophone call and response stomp featuring some of the most ferocious Fripp guitar soloing of the last decade. The album also includes a very special and exclusive track previously unreleased. Side 4 contains the studio track 'Rhapsody on the Theme from Starless' - a beautiful guitar and alto flutes duet in which Robert plays the haunting liquid guitar line that opens the famous track from the King Crimson album Red, with the harmonised alto flutes performing the bass part under the famous guitar tune and the pair then develop this melodically and harmonically in an atmospheric and dark piece, before the guitar melody returns to conclude the track.
All albums sold through this website can be signed personally by Theo Travis (though not by Robert Fripp). These will be available from the ordering page from Sept 3rd.
SOFT MACHINE LEGACY
Soft Machine Legacy perform 2 exclusive shows at the Pizza Express, (Dean St, London, W1) with piano legend Keith Tippett on Thurs Sept 12 2013 and Fri Sept 13. These 5 piece performances reunite Keith Tippett with his Centipede and Keith Tippett Sextet colleague and drummer extraordinaire John Marshall for 2 very special performances. With John Etheridge (guitar) and Roy Babbington (bass). Not to be missed!
The new Soft Machine Legacy album 'Burden of Proof' was released in late March 2013 on the Esoteric label and it has been receiving excellent reviews.(see somethingelsereviews.com and amazon.co.uk )
The Moonjune website describes the album as follows-
'Soft Machine Legacy makes their most powerful statement to date, delivering an album of epic proportions and their first studio output since 2007's Steam. Infectious grooves, undeniably hip vibes and sizzling performances dominate the outing, as the veteran progressive music masters continue to break new ground and offer listeners yet more previously-unseen facets of their dynamic musical persona.
Featuring some intriguingly-inviting new writing, the album is a breath of fresh air for progressive music and a bold furtherance of the true adventurous essence that is the legacy of the great Soft Machine. It doesn't just offer the suggestion of venturing through ground previously untread -- by any of the Soft Machine incarnations -- it levels everything in its path on the way!
Broad in its scope and ambition, but sensitive, probing and playful in its delivery, Burden of Proof provides more than ample evidence that the legends remain at the top of their game, both individually and collectively. The group's two lead voices -- guitarist John Etheridge and saxophonist Theo Travis -- are in exceptionally fine form, whether gracefully enunciating a melody line in the pocket or dancing madly on the fringe.
Also evident is the rock-solid anchoring of drummer John Marshall and bassist Roy Babbington, who keep proceedings tight and flowing throughout. Whether tip-toeing or stampeding, Soft Machine Legacy are as unified, focused and finely-honed as they've ever been -- delivering their crispest, most sparkling new material to date, in an undeniably inspired, unrelenting session.
This is a fabulous, vital effort: a potent, impacting album encompassing the great spirit and aggressive pioneering approach championed by their namesake predecessors. For all fans of progressive music, the Canterbury scene, and the Softs, this superlative studio session is immediately 'essential' -- and easily the Legacy's finest, most high-reaching outing.'
Sound samples and more info is available here - moonjune.com
STEVEN WILSON ALBUM
Theo is featured soloist on the new Steven Wilson album 'The Raven Who Refused To Sing (and other stories)' - which has just charted at No 3 in Germany and No 28 in the UK. (see Theo's tour blog and Live Dates for full European and USA tour schedule)
A clip of the Setup and Recording of 'Luminol' the recent recording in Los Angeles with Steven Wilson.
TRAVIS & FRIPP - FOLLOW
Reviews have been coming in for the new Travis & Fripp CD 'Follow'
All About Jazz, Record Collector, Jazz Wise, Prog Magazine
"Like all great instrumental albums, it reveals new secrets with repeated listening"
**** Ian Shirley. Record Collector
The track listing for the album is -
1 Soaring and Gliding
2 Dark Clouds
3 When the Rains Fall
4 Hear Our Voices
6 Open Land
7 Return to Saturn
8 Rotary Symmetrical
9 So There
Plus - Bonus tracks - Forgotten Days - Vivid 17 - 1979 (Alternative Edit)
Live Video Tracks 1 The Power To Believe / Pastorale
2 When The Rains Fall
3 Blue Calm
4 Rotary Symmetrical
The album was recorded from 2010 to 2011 in various studios in the UK, and some of the recordings were also made in Spain. It was mixed and mastered by Grammy-nominated producer extraordinaire Steven Wilson. The album is a development from previous Travis & Fripp releases in that it is not only mixed in 5.1 surround sound - it was largely conceived in surround sound. So for example, on 'Hear Our Voices' the four part flute choir with the lead soprano sax voice is mixed with one flute in each corner and the soprano sax front middle. 'Open Land' has different woodwind textures around the 360 degrees listening space, and some movement too eg the pair of clarinets which slowly move behind the listener. 'Return to Saturn' has the cascading clarinet chords and they are voiced so that each part of each chord is placed separately around the 360 degrees listening space and each chord completes one full circle. On the track '1979', I recorded my parts on top of some archive 1979 Frippertronics recordings recorded in New York City. I do not think there has been any previous release of Robert Fripp's Frippertronics in 5.1 Surround sound, so this in itself is very exciting. Robert's guitars generally are all recorded in full quadrophonic sound, so mixing in 5.1 was a natural development of this. Personally, I think the album sounds absolutely amazing in surround sound and I hope you will too!
Pre-orders are now being taken (via ordering page) and I will be happy to sign these copies too. Simply send a request for a signature to email@example.com, or you can write to me on facebook.
Because I will be away recording with Steven Wilson at the time of the release these copies will take a few exra days to send out to you.
There's a brand new interview with Theo at the ever-excellent Innerviews website. innerviews.org Theo talks about his career, the release of his new anthology and working with Robert Fripp.
It's also live on the Innerviews iPad and iPhone app (and looks great on it). If you have the said devices, you can get the app here: itunes.com/apps/innerviews
SOUND ADVICE, WISE WORDS.
Every so often Theo comes across an article on the net or a blog that resonates deeply and he considers worth telling others about. This one by USA banjo player (a guest on the latest Herbie Hancock - no less...) is one. It is some advice about "How to make a living in music". If this is your area, or just of interest, do read it - here! dannybarnes.com/blog
THEO POD CAST
Theo has recently made a 3 part podcast interview covering his influences, the new Travis & Fripp CD, his formative years, and approach to playing generally.
You can hear it here - Part 1 - Part 2 - Part 3
ALL ABOUT JAZZ
Theo is the subject of an extensive interview at All About Jazz. Covering his background, musical influences and his thoughts on the worlds of prog rock and jazz,it is one of the most comprehensive and up to date interviews around - allaboutjazz.com
He is also interviewed in the specialist Polish Web Magazine "Vajrayana" about his involvement with Steven Wilson's Bass Communion project. You can read it here
Theo now has his own official download store at Burningshed.com. You can downolad Theo's albums both in mp3 format and high resolution Flac format. There will also be exclusive download tracks only available there. This will include EP type length releases, live performances and other tracks. Theo fully endorses Burning Shed and please be aware that if you buy downloads from there as opposed to any other site, Theo will actually get payed for them!
Theo is now accepting pupils in and around the London area for individual tuition for regular, occasional or one off classes. He would be happy to hear from any saxophone and flute players who are looking for some direction or advice in music.
A book of sheet music is available of Theo's compositions. Parts are both in concert pitch and Bb pitch for Tenor/Soprano saxophone or trumpet etc. Tunes included are Lulworth Night, Shore Thing, The Book, I'm Coming Home, Freedom, Out of Sight Out Of Mind, Three People, Full Moon Rising, Sex Food and Money (pt 2), Fish and Waterlily Boogie.
The book costs £11 including postage.
ON THE ROAD
THEO TRAVIS - JOHN ETHERIDGE LIVE IN GERMANY 2004. Filmed by Dave Cook in Wuppertal
RICHARD SINCLAIR - THEO TRAVIS LIVE AT THE CANTERBURY FESTIVAL 2003.
Scottish Islands tour 2002
(see also SCOTLAND TOUR DIARY) In October 2002, the Theo Travis Quartet undertook a 13 date tour of Scotland, including a trip to the Islands of Orkney, Mull and Iona. The band line up was Theo on tenor sax and flute, Phil Peskett on piano, Andy Hamill on bass and Marc Parnell on drums. Some of the gigs were return visits after the quartet's triumphant Scottish tour of 1998 and some were new venues for the band. Audiences were very appreciative and friendly and the band was made to feel very welcome wherever it went. The whole band was blown away by the incredibly beautiful scenery around the Highlands and great hospitality. Island crossings were trouble free except for a booking on a ferry that did not exist! Although it was late October, the band saw schools of dolphins and seals which is a rare treat on the way to a gig! An interview/feature was printed in the Inverness Courier and the quartet got a four star review in the Scotsman. The tour was a great success and the band hope to return in the not too distant future.
Gong World Tour 2000/2001 see list of GONG TOURS
GONG with THEO TRAVIS. Live at the Subterania. London 2000.