February 23, 2011 – 3:29 am

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With Roswell Rudd
Berlin Jazz Fest 1997 [no label, 1CD]

Live at the Berlin Jazz Fest, November 7, 1997. Very good FM stereo.

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.

Here are some notes that came with this disc.

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.

Don’t be deceived by the quiet and more melodic moments during the performance. That’s the calm before the storm.

Thanks to the person who shared these tracks on Dime back in 2006. As the uploader said, Dean had a sound like no other.

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (these are high quality MP3s - sample rate of 224 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Track 01. Radio intro (3.6MB)
Track 02. Untitled (12.3MB)
Track 03. Untitled (14.7MB)
Track 04. Untitled (11.2MB)
Track 05. Untitled (11.9MB)
Track 06. Untitled (24.3MB)
Track 07. Radio outro (490k)

Elton Dean - saxophone
Roswell Rudd - trombone
Paul Rutherford - trombone
Annie Whitehead - trombone
Jim Dvorak - trumpet
Alex McGuire - piano
Marcio Mattos - cello
Paul Rogers - bass
Mark Sanders - drums

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  1. 3 Responses to “ELTON DEAN - BERLIN 1997”

  2. hey bigo, this sounds good. i’ll get it. thanks!!! i have a tape called school days with rudd and lacy. it’s the music of monk. check it out. its good. rudd is on my facebook friends.


    By Ed Saad on Feb 23, 2011

  3. Fantastic recording! Dean is great. The group with horns, piano, cello, bass & drums realyy works. These guys play really well together.

    By Michael on Feb 24, 2011

  4. Hey, BigO - I missed this the last time it was up. What a concert! Elton was great. He could really blow it up!

    By a guy who loves miles on Sep 2, 2015

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