Exposé Online banner

Various Artists — Soupsongs Live: The Music of Robert Wyatt
(Jazzprint JPVP101CD, 2002, 2CD)

by Jon Davis, Published 2001-12-01

Soupsongs Live: The Music of Robert Wyatt Cover art

The label has chosen to list this disc under “Various Artists” but that’s an inaccuracy. All the tracks are in fact by the same band: a rhythm section of Liam Genocky and Steve Lamb (drums and bass); Janette Mason on keyboards; Phil Manzanera on guitar; a horn section of Harry Beckett (trumpet), George Khan (saxophones), Didier Malherbe (various wind instruments), and Annie Whitehead (trombone); and vocalists Julie Tippetts and Ian Maidman. But enough nitpicking. However you bill it, this tribute to the songwriting of Robert Wyatt shows the strength of his songs. The band lends a jazzy touch to everything from the silly “The Duchess” to more serious political fare like “Alliance” courtesy of Whitehead’s arrangements. All the instrumentalists get in some great solos – Beckett’s workout in “Left on Man” is amazing – and the vocalists acquit themselves admirably. Maidman turns in a stunning rendition of “Last Will and Testament.” There are too many tasty moments to name them all, and in fact only one spot that makes me reach for the remote, and that’s the last few minutes of “Gharbzadegi,” where the warbling vocals just plain grate on the nerves for too long. But out of a two-disc set, that’s a pretty small drawback. And frankly, any lyricist who name-drops both Einstein and Chomsky is okay by me.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 23, 2002 releases

Related artist(s): Phil Manzanera, Didier Malherbe, Robert Wyatt, Julie Tippetts, Various Artists, Annie Whitehead

Latest news

2018-05-14
Glenn Branca RIP – Experimental guitarist and composer Glenn Branca has died at the age of 69. He was known for compositions featuring large ensembles of guitars, and for the use of feedback. He founded his band Theoretical Girls in the mid-70s as an art-punk answer to what he saw as the increasing commercialization of punk music. His compositions were highly influential, with such figures as David Bowie, Thurston Moore, and John Lurie among his fans. » Read more

2018-04-05
OBEY Convention XI Set for May 24-28 in Halifax – As the 2018 festival season rapidly approaches, we’d like you to be aware of a real treasure of diverse and creative music that’s going to take place in Halifax, Nova Scotia, next month. The OBEY Convention is on its 11th outing, and features a wide range of artists from around the world. From avant-industrial noise to experimental takes on Classical Chinese music, from chamber jazz to doom metal, from ambient soundscapes to Canadian First Nations drumming, you’d be hard pressed to find a festival with more variety in sound anywhere in the world. » Read more

2018-04-04
Close to the Rain Festival in Bergen Announces Lineup – Now in its second year, the Close to the Rain Festival of progressive music is scheduled to take place in Bergen, Norway, on June 7 - 9. They've got an amazing slate of bands lined up, including such powerhouses as Anekdoten, Major Parkinson, Arabs in Aspic, Tusmørke, and many more. » Read more

2018-03-01
Seaprog 2018 Artist Announcements Raise Festival's Profile – Seattle's Seaprog festival has been going since 2013, and the 2018 edition features a slate of artists that's sure to bring more attention to the event. Cheer-Accident, Bubblemath, and Free Salamander Exhibit are in the first round announcement of performers. In keeping with their tradition of focusing on regional artists, they will also present a number of artists from Washington and Oregon. [Edit: Just added: Inner Ear Brigade] » Read more

2018-02-26
Adelbert von Deyen RIP – Word reaches us that German electronic musician Adelbert von Deyen has died. His recorded legacy reaches back to 1978, when Sky Records released Sternzeit. Von Deyen, who was born October 25, 1953 in Süderbrarup, was also known as a painter and graphic artist. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Christian Vander - A Tous les Enfants... – Vander's most recent release, and perhaps the most surprising. This is music dedicated to children, and written with the child in mind. The whole package is basically a children's book,...  (1995) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues