Soft Machine Legacy Keith Tippet
Soft Machine Legacy was launched in 2004 as a coalition of 3 long-time servers from different eras of the legendary progressive jazz band Soft Machine, along with young blood and ardent fan Theo Travis. Playing a repertoire of new originals and some vintage pieces, this incarnation of the band keeps the spirit very much alive and progresses it into the 21st century, with steaming, propulsive grooves, funky jazz-rock and infectious energy.
Keith Tippett solo piano
John Etheridge guitar
Theo Travis tenor saxophone
Roy Babbington bass
John Marshall drums
One of the most pioneering and distinctive of UK pianists from the last 40 years, Keith Tippett, opens the night with a solo performance. As a pianist, composer, bandleader, band member and musical educator, Tippett is at the forefront of contemporary European jazz. As an improviser, he demonstrates that spontaneous composition, with its fine balance of structure and inspiration, is a vital force in contemporary music.
A Manchester Jazz Festival Event