Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Hugh Hopper: Belgium reviews translated

Hugh Hopper: Vol. 1 - Memories + Vol. 2 - Franglo band 

Slowly but surely disappearing musical icons of the sixties. So it fared bassist Hugh Hopper in 2009 after an incurable leukemia. Really not nice because Hugh Hopper started at the time when the Daevid Allen Trio, was road manager at Soft Machine but if in the legendary band for a year. Later play Slowly changed their oeuvre of a psychedelic rock band ("A certain kind 'was written by Hopper) to a jazz-rock fusion band. 
Hopper, there was not enough of it and amused himself in numerous bands (Isotope, Gilgamesh, Stomu Yamashta and Carla Bley). 
Gonzo Media Group, which specializes in beautiful (re) releases recently released the first two volumes of a 10-part series on Hugh Hopper: as a group, band leader, composer, versatile and unique bass-player. 
The songs on Vol. 1 - Memories paint a multifaceted picture of Hugh Hopper with catchy jazz-rock. Hugh Hopper created multi-layered soundscapes with his bass, and loved repetitive loops. His compositions are teeming with virtuosity, melodic sounds, inventiveness and improvisation. Already working with Robert Wyatt, in the song 'Memories', only this collector worthwhile. Most of the songs date back yet from the beginning of this century, and then get a little more light-hearted content. "Was a friend" carries in its composition an Indian touch, west meets east. Pleasing to the ear! 
The gathered by Canadian Michael King searched numbers sometimes are an extension of Soft Machine, but call (especially Vol 2 -. Frangloband) also memories of Klaus Doldinger "Passport. 
Superb compilation with unknown live and studio material from a forgotten icon. Looking forward to Vol. 3! 

Marino Serdons (4)


Volume Four: Four by Four by Hu
CD - £9.99

Volume 2 Franglo Band
CD - £9.99

CD - £9.99

Monster Band
CD - £9.99

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