To the delight of progressive-rock and jazz-fusion fans, guitarist Allan Holdsworth (pictured), saxophonist/keyboardist Elton Dean, bassist Hugh Hopper and drummer John Marshall-all onetime members of the Soft Machine-have formed Software, a new band that will record as well as tour. This will be the first time all four musicians work together. As their name suggests, the quartet will use some of the Soft Machine’s compositions and themes as jumping off points for musical exploration, but they’ll be no cover band. Software intends to write original music and will focus on sounds and textures of the here and now.
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