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Carsten Pieper Obviously one of the "lighter", groovier albums of the late Elton Dean of Soft Machine-fame, but in a good way. This has been compared to Medeski, Martin and Wood and that's a good reference point (at least for theorgan-driven 35 minutes opening the album) .

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Happy holidays and a splendid New Year to everyone at Cuneiform records :-)
Thanks for the great music! Favorite track: Full Fathom Five.
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guysegers An excellent rhythm section Fred T. Baker (bass) and Liam Genockey (drums), two underestimated musicians...
The groove is there for sure.
The Hammond sound from Alex Maguire is floating above it.
Elton Dean (as/saxello) put together an strong crew....
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Bedrock Ruse 04:25
Reel Welders 09:35
Soldering On 09:49
Moorsong 05:55


Recorded 20th February 1999 in Eddie's Studio, Stoke Newington, London and at Musart 9th August 1998 & 23rd March 1999.

Moorsong shows British jazz sax legend Elton Dean entirely at home with an impressive range of jazz settings & styles.

The album begins with a swinging Hammond Organ-driven session. The 35' of that session showcases Dean with Alex Maguire (Hammond organ), Fred T. Baker (bass), and Liam Genockey (drums). Great grooves, great tunes and great solos.
The latter part of Moorsong features spacier, more atmospheric sets, with the music more based on modes & drones: The next two tracks have Dean, Baker, guitarist Mark Hewins, and drummer Mark Sanders, these are moody free improvisations with more room left for Dean to shine.

The last song is a duet between Hewins and Dean, which is dedicated to Syd Barrett! Moorsong shows Dean in top form throughout, exploring the varied topography of British jazz, with appeal to afficionados of jazz, fusion and free music alike...



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