Soft Machine ‘Third’

Lee Ving, vocalist for the L.A. punk band Fear, once sang “New York’s alright if you like saxophones”. Images of Charlie Parker, Lester Young and John Coltrane (to name a few) come to mind. The sax in popular music is an instrument that comes and goes. These days it is mostly long gone. But there was a time when saxes, flutes and brass instruments helped create its own genre; “jazz-rock”.

Chris Wood helped give Traffic a unique sound with his reed and flute work. Blodwyn Pig and Colosseum were blues based jazz-rock bands but jazz also melded nicely with progressive or “art-rock”. ‘Third’ by Soft Machine is probably the prime example of this. With sounds ranging from psychedelic freak-out to droning space-rock ‘Third’ is an interesting blend of rhythm, keyboards and jazz instruments that works without emphasizing the guitar or vocals. Four songs total, each one originally covering a complete side of a double vinyl album, ‘Third’ stretches out for over 75 minutes and eases you into an enjoyable listening experience.

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About Marcus

Who me? Introverted, neurotic, self-absorbed, increasingly cynical observer of human nature and part time social critic in hiding. Most of my life spent avoiding growing up. The naive idealistic passions of youth have evolved into the eclectic eccentricities of adulthood. Northeast Florida small-town native, related to people I can't relate to. Simultaneously my own best friend and worst enemy. Politically and spiritually unaffiliated, my personal ideologies put me all over the map or off it completely.
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