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New Soft Machine and Yo Miles! CDs

Cuneiform Records recently released new CDs from avant-jazz-rock group Soft Machine and Wadada Leo Smith (pictured) and Henry Kaiser’s band Yo Miles! The Soft Machine’s Live in Paris, a reissue of live recording caught May 2, 1972 at the Olympia music hall, and Yo Miles!’s Sky Garden were released on May 4.

Soft Machine, whose lineup saw many changes over the years until it disbanded in the late ’70s, is known for its groundbreaking and experimental music. At the time Live in Paris was recorded, the Machine consisted of saxophonist Elton Dean, drummer John Marshall, bassist Hugh Hopper and keyboardist Mike Ratledge. This lineup lasted less than six months, and this release is one of few recorded examples of its minimalist jazz/rock sound.

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