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With Roswell Rudd
Coventry 1996 [no label, 2CD]

Live at Biggin Hall, Coventry, UK; October 25, 1996. Very good audience recording?

For some, Elton Dean is remembered because he “contributed” half the stage name to Elton John (the other half came from Long John Baldry, back in 1966-67 when a pianist named Reginald Dwight was playing in a band called Bluesology).

For jazz fans, Dean, who passed away in 2006, was a member of progressive jazz group, the Soft Machine.

Shortly before leaving Soft Machine Dean started his own group, Just Us. From 1975 to 1978 he led a nine-piece band called Ninesense. His own groups since then, usually quartets or quintets, have most often worked in the free jazz mode, with little or no pre-composed material. At the same time, he continued to work with other groups that are very composition-based, such as guitarist Phil Miller’s In Cahoots, drummer Pip Pyle’s Equipe Out, and various projects with former Soft Machine bassist Hugh Hopper.

In 2002, Dean and three other former Soft Machine members (Hugh Hopper, drummer John Marshall, and guitarist Allan Holdsworth) toured and recorded under the name Soft Works. With another former Soft Machine member, guitarist John Etheridge, replacing Holdsworth, they subsequently toured and recorded as Soft Machine Legacy, playing some pieces from the original Soft Machine repertoire as well as new works.

Dean’s last musical collaborations included those with Soft Bounds (a quartet comprising Hugh Hopper, Sophia Domancich and Simon Goubert), Alex Maguire’s project Psychic Warrior, and Belgian rock-jazz band The Wrong Object.

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The following night, the band played The Vortex and that performance was officially released in 1997 as ‘Rumours Of An Incident’ (Slam Productions).

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Disc 1
Track 101. Untitled 1 - Part A 14:03
Track 102. Untitled 1 - Part B 19:48
Track 103. Untitled 2 11:17
46 mins

Disc 2
Track 201. Untitled 3 - Part A 8:21
Track 202. Untitled 3 - Part B 11:56
Track 203. Untitled 3 - Part C 7:22
Track 204. Untitled 4 - Part A 8:49
Track 205. Untitled 4 - Part B 4:24
41 mins

Elton Dean - alto sax, saxello
Roswell Rudd - trombone
Alex Maguire - piano
Marcio Mattos - bass
Mark Sanders - drums

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  1. 10 Responses to “JAZZ ON SUNDAY: ELTON DEAN - COVENTRY 1996”

  2. I like “Crocodile Rock” and “Little Jeannie” the best.

    By Derrick on Aug 8, 2021

  3. Elton John has a lil un and is a super faggot

    By HHH on Aug 8, 2021

  4. I like “Candle In The Wind” and “Your Song” the best.

    By HHH on Aug 8, 2021

  5. Look forward to hearing this. Dean and Rudd were a good combination at this time. Thanks for posting this.

    By treborij on Aug 8, 2021

  6. My Mom fucked a lot of guys who looked like him, he might be my Dad.

    By DD on Aug 9, 2021

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