Soft Machine veterans Elton Dean and Hugh Hopper
joined forces in 2003 with wildly creative keyboardist/composer Hoppy
Kamiyama and master drummer, Yoshida Tatsuya to create Soft Mountain.
Their debut recording is now released here for the first time.
Elton Dean & Hugh Hopper are well known amongst jazz rock fans. In
addition to forming half of the ‘classic’ Soft Machine line-up (with
Robert Wyatt & Mike Ratledge) they have also worked with Brotherhood of
Breath, Keith Tippett & Long John Baldry's Bluesology (Dean) and Stomu
Yamashta, Kevin Ayers & Isotope (Hopper).
Soft Mountain named themselves after Hoppy Kamiyama, whose name
translates into ‘God Mountain’ in English. Hoppy has made about 200 CDs
over a nearly 24 year career, so it’s hard to say which is the greatest
and most influential recording by this musician, who practically
invented the modern concept of the keyboardist/composer/producer.
Tatsuya Yoshida was without doubt one of the most important drummers on
the Japanese scene in the final decades of the 20th century, having
spearheaded at least half a dozen of that country's most important
groups, including Acid Mothers Temple & The Ruins.
This limited edition digi-pack features a liner note from Hugh Hopper.