HUGH HOPPER


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"Hugh Hopper...was a man of ideas, always exploring new directions, trying new things and collaborating with like-minded musicians around the world. One of his many recent collaborative projects was Bone, the trio of Hopper, Doctor Nerve guitarist and main man Nick Didkovsky, and Forever Einstein drummer John Roulat. Their 2003 album Uses Wrist Grab is an amazing tour-de-force, and where the bulk of the material on The Gift of Purpose is culled from, presented live at Orion Studios in Baltimore on 2/16/2008. Didkovsky’s blistering electric leads over Hopper’s pulsating bass and Roulat’s precision drumming on “Big Bombay” and “Foster Wives…” gets the show off to a great start, and it just keeps going. A lengthy group improvisation breaks the set up nicely, and offers a more experimental take on Bone’s collective consciousness. A special studio track “The Gift of Purpose,” recorded especially for this release, is a tribute to the man himself, with lyrics written and sung by Daevid Allen, and joining Didkovsky and Roulat are saxophonist Yves Duboin and stick-man Colin Marston. As respected a musician as Hopper was, financial success never found him, and his passing created hardship for those closest to him. Steve Feigenbaum at Cuneiform generously released this disc with all the proceeds going to Hugh’s family. Buy two copies, one for home and one for the office. The music here is about as good as it gets." – Peter Thelen, Expose


THE GIFT OF PURPOSE

"I got a message a few months ago from Hugh Hopper's wife Christine. She reported that since Hugh's passing, she's been struggling with finances. Of course she's also struggling emotionally, as she misses him terribly, but the gist of her message was a call for financial help. She recalled that Hugh told her that if she ran into trouble, to ask their friends for help. So she did. In response, John Roulat, Steve Feigenbaum, and I decided to produce a limited edition benefit CD, 'The Gift Of Purpose'. The CD features a live concert by Bone (Didkovsky/Hopper/Roulat) that was beautifully recorded at Orion Sound in Baltimore. There is also a bonus track by myself, John, Colin Marston (Behold....the Arctopus, Dysrhythmia, Krallice), and Daevid Allen (Gong, Soft Machine, etc). Daevid contributed some very moving vocals which pay tribute to Hugh. John, Steve, and I are splitting the manufacturing costs and donating the gross income to Christine. Steve has already wired her some money in advance. For those of you new to Bone, we were a trio that was initiated when Hugh contacted me some years ago suggesting we collaborate on a record. Our record "Uses Wrist Grab" came out on Cuneiform a few years back, and we figured we were done. However, we were sort of drafted into doing live performance by Bruce Gallanter of Downtown Music Gallery, who invited us to perform at a festival he'd organized. Once we discovered we could pull off this material live, we did a handful of gigs, including the one on this record. We're very proud of the performance we unleashed in Baltimore, and thrilled that we can make it available to all of Hugh's friends through this benefit CD! I hope you will support this project by purchasing a copy of The Gift of Purpose." – Nick Didkovsky

This CD is only being sold by people who have agreed to pay the Hopper family the full selling price of $15.00 each copy. That means that right now, you can buy it from Downtown Music Gallery, The Jazz Loft and Cuneiform Records/Wayside Music only. Every cent of your $15.00 goes to Hugh's family.

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HOPPER TUNITY BOX

Freshly remastered from the master tapes and issued on CD from the master tapes for the first time, this was the second solo album by Soft Machine bassist and composer Hugh Hopper. This was Hugh's second solo album and his first solo album after leaving Soft Machine. In my fan-boy opinion, it is one of the best records Hugh's ever made and is a fine and distinctively unusual progressive/fusion album that has all the compositional and performance twists and oddities that make it distinctly Hugh's. Originally released in 1977 on the Compendium label, it highlights Hugh's quirky compositional sense and trademarked fuzzbass/looping/lead bass stylings with stunningly great contributions from Richard Brunton-guitar, Elton Dean-alto sax and saxello, Mark Charig-cornet, Nigel Morris-drums, Frank Roberts-electric piano, Dave Stewart-organ, pianet, oscillators, Mike Travis-drums and Gary Windo-bass clarinet and saxes. There were no outtakes or additions to add to this reissue, but Hugh did contribute new notes that tell the story of the making of this album and he gave us reproductions of some of the musical scores for the booklet. An absolutely essential album that I've been pestering Hugh to allow us to release for well over a decade! This is a lost jazz/rock classic that demands to be rediscovered 30 years later! The original lp had a skip in the middle of one of Elton's wonderful solos and the only previous CD version was recorded off of a vinyl record and had the same skip! This is the first time this album has been released on CD with the care that it deserves. Don't miss it!

"An old Soft Machinist never lets you down. Somehow he's brought with him much of the flavour of his old band.... [Hopper Tunity Box] belongs up there with Third and Fourth...." - Melody Maker

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1984

Bassist/composer Hugh has been involved in many projects during his more than 30 years in music. 1984, originally released in 1973, & his first solo release, remains perhaps his most singular. This combines Hugh's unique fuzz bass & compostions with tapework, multiple overdubs, & a very avant esthetic & then contrasts those works with short, weirdly devolved James Brown-inspired pieces. 25 years later, the originality and distinctiveness of Hugh's vision on 1984 remains untouched. This is the DEFINITIVE CD edition, taken from the original master tapes, including a never heard bonus track from the original sessions, as well as new notes by Hugh that tell the story of 1984.

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TWO RAINBOWS DAILY

with Alan Gowen

Two Rainbows Daily is a reissue of a long out of print classic from 1980 from these two fine composers and insrumentalists (keyboards and bass). While rich in sound due to overdubs, this doesn't have a full band sound, and this rather stripped-down approach makes for a "intimate" release filled with crafty melodies and subtle tonal colors. Mastered directly off the master tapes it sounds terrific; finally! No vinyl crackle! As a bonus there is 20' of extra live material and excellent liner notes by Hugh, which tell the story of this disc. Absolutely a "Canterbury" classic.

“...the coming together of two British jazz-rock giants. ...These gracefully introspective instrumentals feature Gowen's trademark flowing analog synth and Hopper's unique high-register bass work in equal measure.” – muze.com

“...showcases harmonic and compositional sensitivity....” – Revue & Corrigee



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CAROUSEL

After a decade of work together, several live albums, many concert tours, and lots of satisfied listeners, we finally got Hugh and crew into a studio to record Carousel, certainly their best yet. After all this time together, the band is really a WORKING unit, with fine playing from all members. This is a powerful set of fusion and beyond from a creative, hard playing outfit. A disc good enough that it might even give fusion back it's good name!

"[Carousel is ] a solid and convincing record, with many of the old Soft Machine qualities of compositional interest and high standard of performance in evidence. Enjoyable and consistant" - Chris Cutler

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MECCANO PELORUS

Originally released only as a limited edition in the early 1990’s, and out of print for over 5 years, Meccano Pelorus was Hugh’s fourth album and the first release under his own name since the 1970’s! Featuring his great FrangloDutch band (Patrice Meyer-guitar, Dionys Breukers-keyboards, Frank Van Der Kooij-saxes, Pieter Bast-drums + Hugh on bass), this was recorded live in 1987 and 1989 and was the beginning of his career back in the musical arena, after laying out for a good number of years. Newly re-designed package.

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PRESS RELEASES
Hopper Tunity Box press release
Hugh Hopper (Band) / Hughscore press quotes
Airback press release

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