Drummer John Marshall, a founding member of Nucleus and long-time member of Soft Machine, died on 16 September at the age of 82. His playing seamlessly brought together elements of jazz, rock, and funk to be one of the distinctive instrumentalists of British jazz-rock. His work featured on albums by a wide range of artists, including Jack Bruce, Georgie Fame, Ralph McTell, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Volker Kriegel, Charlie Mariano, Eberhard Weber, and scores of others. He joined Soft Machine in 1972 and became the group's longest-serving member, staying with them until his retirement after their 2019 tour, though he appeared on Other Doors, released in 2023.
Exposé has learned that Frank Wyatt, composer, keyboardist, saxophonist, engineer, and producer — a founding member of Happy the Man, Oblivion Sun, and Pedal Giant Animals — has passed away after losing his battle with kidney cancer.
Word has reached us that one of the pioneers of German music in the 70s has died. Manuel Göttsching, founder of Ash Ra Tempel, died on December 4 at the age of 70. His explorations of the possibilities of electric guitar set the stage for many artists who followed, and he can be seen as one of the precursors of what came to be called ambient music.
We have learned the sad news that singer Tracy Hitchings has died at the age of 60. Her professional career began in 1989 with the band Quasar, after which she began collaborating with Clive Nolan in Strangers on a Train. Her first solo album was released in 1991, and she subsequently worked with Gandalf, Landmarq, and numerous other bands and projects, often involving Nolan.
Estonian composer, guitarist and singer RIho Sibul, a member of In Spe, Kaseke, VSP Projekt, Ultima Thule etc. as well as a solo career from 2000 onwards, passed away at the age of 64 on November 20th 2022.
Electronic musician Mark Shreeve has died at the age of 65. Shreeve began his career in the early 80s, and specialized in Berlin School electronic music, primarily using modular synthesizers. His many collaborations included the groups Redshift and ARC, which featured Ian Boddy.
ProgDay, the yearly festival held in North Carolina, bills itself as the world's longest-running progressive rock festival. Maintaining a showcase for non-mainstream music is a challenge in today's world, not that it's ever been easy, so the organizers are to be applauded for keeping up the good work. This year's event will take place the weekend of September 3-4 at Storybook Farm near Chapel Hill. The schedule includes Nektar, Cheer-Accident, Mike Keneally, Infinien, Lux Terminus, Schwizz, Aziola Cry, and the Jon Stickley Trio.
Many of our readers shoiuld remember the wonderful and eccentric American band called Alex's Hand. Well, the Hand is no more, but bassist Kellen Mills has formed Tryon, a large ensemble to play his music, which forcibly merges rock, jazz, chamber music, and improvisation into a truly unique sound. Such artistic endeavors are expensive, so they're appealing for donations to finance their first album.