Exposé Online banner

Soft Bounds — Live at Le Triton 2004
(Le Triton TRI-05511, 2004/2005, CD)

by Jeff Melton, Published 2006-05-01

Live at Le Triton 2004 Cover art

Elton Dean and Hugh Hopper have been involved in so many projects together all it takes is for an alternate rhythm section to assemble under the two musical compatriots and a new project is born. Sophie Domancich had worked with Dean on the Hux recording Avant so it’s not surprising she would be on tap along with recent collaborator Simon Goubert’s excellent drumming. The quartet plow through three new pieces and revive one classic in an hour-long set at the French home for Canterbury ex-patriots, Le Triton. Domancich’s opening piece, “La Part de Anges,” gestates a fiery dialogue between lead instruments to set the tone of the gig. Dean’s new piece, “Gimlet Abides on the Wagon,” portrays a wiry saxello meandering as it develops into an interchange later resolving into a melodic theme. Goubert’s song, “Le Retour d’Emmanuel – Philibert,” opens with Dean’s solo yearnings before diving into the best group playing on the disc, reminding me of Bruford’s Earthworks excursions. Reprising a new incarnation of Hopper’s song “Kings and Queens” from Soft Machine Fourth is a welcome surprise as the Legacy band has also had the same idea on the Live in Zandaam disc. In this incarnation however the piece retains much of its original moodiness under Hopper’s moving bass line with piano doubling Dean’s elegant melody. Domancich’s intuitive piano solo in the midsection makes this performance a must hear for die-hard SM fans.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 33, 2005 releases, 2004 recordings

Related artist(s): Elton Dean, Hugh Hopper, Soft Bounds, Simon Goubert, Sophia Domancich

Latest news

2018-02-18
Didier Lockwood RIP – Word reaches us today of the death of one of France's great jazz musicians, violinist Didier Lockwood. His playing bridged many worlds, from traditional jazz to fusion to progressive rock, and his talent can be heard on recordings by Magma, Clearlight, Pierre Moerlen's Gong, and many more. Lockwood was 62. » Read more

2018-02-15
10 Years of Fruits de Mer - The Incomplete Angler – Those of you who are faithful followers of Exposé will know that we have been promoting Fruits de Mer and its side labels and releases from nearly its first year. Now music journalist and author Dave Thompson has written a book chronicling the past ten years as a celebration of this milestone. » Read more

2018-02-14
Tom Rapp RIP – Singer / songwriter Tom Rapp, best known with the band Pearls Before Swine, passed away on February 12, at the age of 70, after a battle with cancer. » Read more

2018-01-30
Bill Bruford Ventures into Uncharted Territory – Drum master Bill Bruford, veteran of some of the most creative bands in history (King Crimson, Yes, Genese, etc.), is sharing some of what he's learned about being a drummer and a musician in his new book, Uncharted: Creativity and the Expert Drummer, out on University of Michigan Press. » Read more

2018-01-18
Christian Burchard RIP – Multi-instrumentalist Christian Burchard, who founded the seminal band Embryo in 1969, has died at the age of 71. His January 17 passing was announced on the band's Facebook page. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Various Artists - A Bead to a Small Mouth – Each track on this compilation integrates spoken text and sound manipulation, with results both mysterious and captivating. On "A New Dress" Nurse with Wound layers shifting, hypnotic metallic tones...  (1999) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues