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Dedicated To You, But You Weren’t Listening

Keith Tippett is one of the great pianists of the British free jazz scene, for decades he has formed various groups creating brilliant jazz improvisations.

On his 1971 album “Dedicated To You, But You Weren’t Listening” credited to “The Keith Tippett Group” We have got an impressive avant-garde jazz, dissonance and swinging, wild and energetic sometimes chaotic, a unique and different take on Jazz Fusion.

The album Title, was taken from a track title on Soft Machine: Volumes Two (1969), and several of “The Keith Tippett Group” members, was also involved in “Soft Machine”, Elton Dean and Nick Evans joined Soft Machine from their 1970 album “Third”, Roy Babbington and Mark Charig from “Fourth” (1971).
Also original Soft Machine drummer Robert Wyatt, was playing on “Dedicated To You, But You Weren’t Listening”. But where Soft Machine’s output at the time, was clearly rooted in “Progressive Rock” although increasingly Jazz inspired, Keith Tippett’s work is mainly rooted in Jazz.

Members of The Keith Tippett Group, was also involved in the King Crimson albums released in the period. Tippett was involved in “In the Wake of Poseidon” (1970), he added a Jazz feel to Crimsons symphonic Rock, and notably playing a stunning solo on “Cat Food”. Keith Tippett, Mark Charig and Nick Evans played on “Lizard” (1970), Keith Tippett and Mark Charig was guests on “Islands” (1971).

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2013 – Highlights – Deceased

Kevin Ayers died 18 February 2013, 68 years old, in his home in the village of Montolieu France.
Ayers was an major force in the English psychedelic movement. A founding member of the pioneering psychedelic band Soft Machine, associated with the Canterbury Scene. After their first album he left the band, but continued with solo works and made 16 albums between 1969 and 2007.
The clip is the opening track from “Whatevershebringswesing” 1971 with the later so prominent Mike Oldfield’s on bass.