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KING CRIMSON - Larks' Tongues In Aspic Jazz Related Rock
ORNETTE COLEMAN - The Shape of Jazz to Come (aka Le Jazz De Demain) Post Bop
KING CRIMSON - Red Jazz Related Rock
JOHN COLTRANE - A Love Supreme Post Bop
SOFT MACHINE - Third Jazz Related Rock
SOFT MACHINE - Fourth Fusion
KING CRIMSON - Beat Jazz Related Rock
KING CRIMSON - Lizard Jazz Related Rock
SOFT MACHINE - Volume Two Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
GONG - You: Radio Gnome Invisible, Part 3 Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
ERIC DOLPHY - 'Out to Lunch!' Avant-Garde Jazz
LEE MORGAN - Search for the New Land Hard Bop
SOFT MACHINE - The Soft Machine Jazz Related Rock
KING CRIMSON - Discipline Jazz Related Rock
MILES DAVIS - Kind of Blue Cool Jazz
KING CRIMSON - In The Court Of The Crimson King Jazz Related Rock
KING CRIMSON - In The Wake Of Poseidon Jazz Related Rock
KING CRIMSON - Islands Jazz Related Rock
CHARLES MINGUS - The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady Progressive Big Band
JOHN COLTRANE - Giant Steps Hard Bop

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Jazz Genre Nb. Rated Avg. rating
1 Jazz Related Rock 16 3.63
2 Fusion 3 3.33
3 Hard Bop 3 3.67
4 Post Bop 2 4.50
5 Progressive Big Band 1 3.50
6 Avant-Garde Jazz 1 4.00
7 Cool Jazz 1 3.50

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GONG You: Radio Gnome Invisible, Part 3

Album · 1974 · Jazz Related Rock
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Before I bought this album I had only heard small parts of it, and to be honest I didn't understand it at all. I decided to take a chance and buy this record. After the first three tracks I wasn't completely blown away, but when the band kicked in on "Master Builder" I was hooked.

This era of Gong had very strong jazz influences, and they're displayed perfectly on the tracks "Master Builder", "A Sprinkle of Clouds", "The Isle of Everywhere", and "You Never Blow Your Trip Forever". This record is very Spacey and Psychedeilc, but it manages to pull of tight Jazz instrumentals. Steve Hillage really shows off his talent on this record, and gives us one of his greatest and spaciest performances to date.

This album is an absolute space rock classic and if you can get into it, it's very rewarding. My rating for Gong's "You" is a 5 out of 5. It's an excellent addition to any music collection.

SOFT MACHINE Volume Two

Album · 1969 · Jazz Related Rock
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In 1969 Hugh Hopper joins the Softs as the new bassist, Leaving former bassist; Kevin Ayers to follow his own solo career. The band hires a saxophonist (a Soft Machine first)which gives the album an overall "jazzier" feel. More so than it's very psych-pop oriented predecessor. Though it is not as jazzy as their later fusion works, it manages to pull off a nice balance between pop, psych and jazz.

Of course Robert Wyatt's vocals are still very prominent on this record, they give the album a very 'stoned' feeling. But at times the vocals are quite humorous, namely in the "Concise British Alphabet" tracks.

The rest of the band are also great on this record. Mike Ratledge; the star of their later works is experimenting away on his organs. His unmistakable tones are heard throughout the recording. Lastly, Hugh Hopper; he is a definite step up on the bass part. He is another reason this record comes off as more jazzy than their first effort.

This album is a great transition between their first and third albums, an overall great progression. For a rating I give 4 stars. The band is progressing more towards jazz and though it may not be a 'perfect' album it is still an excellent addition to any jazz music collection.

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