Abracadabra In Osaka (Elton Dean, Allan Holdsworth, Hugh Hopper, John Marshall), MoonJune Records, 2020 on #neuguitars #blog

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Abracadabra In Osaka (Elton Dean, Allan Holdsworth, Hugh Hopper, John Marshall), MoonJune Records, 2020 on #neuguitars #blog


Excerpts taken from the All About Jazz article/interview
‘Leonardo Pavkovic: Nothing Is Ordinary’ by Chris Slawecki

You can read the whole interview on AAJ: bit.ly/2TDkjW6

LP: In 2000, I had this crazy idea to help my old friend Elton Dean, to sort of reform or resurrect the legendary Soft Machine based, in large part, on information I found on the internet about a “one-off” show of the Soft Ware project featuring Elton on sax, Keith Tippett on piano, Hugh Hopper on bass guitar and John Marshall on drums.

So I reconnected with Elton on New Year’s Day, 2000, and in June of that year he performed in New York City at a jazz festival with drummer Joe Gallivan, bassist Marcio Mattos and saxophonist Evan Parker. Elton stayed a few extra days at my place in the East Village, and he also met [my friend, the publicist] Jim Eigo. Perhaps acting on the good vibes of the situation, Elton asked Jim and me if we would be willing to help him with Soft Ware in the US. Elton asked me to talk to Keith Tippett, John Marshall, and Hugh Hopper, who I already knew from his visits to New York. They were all available and excited, except for Keith, who said he would consider it as a possible, occasional special project but not as a…  more


released December 4, 2020

ELTON  DEAN saxello, alto sax, Fender Rhodes
HUGH  HOPPER bass guitar

Produced by Leonardo Pavkovic.
Recorded live at Namba Hatch, Osaka, Japan, August 11, 2003.
The original source: 2 CDRs with flat stereo-mix of the show.
Carefully restored, enhanced and mastered by Mark Wingfield.