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Elton Dean

Elton Dean
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Elton Dean (28 October 1945 – 8 February 2006) was an English jazz musician who performed on alto saxophone, saxello (a variant of the soprano saxophone) and occasionally keyboard. Dean was born Nottingham, England, moving to Tooting, London, soon after his birth. From 1966–67, Dean was a member of the band Bluesology, led by Long John Baldry. Dean established his reputation as a member of the Keith Tippett Sextet from 1968 to 1970, and in the band Soft Machine from 1969 to 1972. Shortly before leaving Soft Machine he started his own group, Just Us. From 1975 to 1978 he led a nine-piece band called Ninesense, performing at the Bracknell Jazz Festival and similar events. His own groups since then, usually quartets or quintets, have most often worked in the free jazz mode, with little or no pre-composed material. At the same time, he continued to work with other groups that are very composition-based, such as guitarist Phil Miller's In Cahoots, drummer Pip Pyle's Equipe Out, and various projects with former Soft Machine bassist Hugh Hopper.
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Various Artists — Romantic Warriors III: Canterbury Tales Various Artists — Romantic Warriors III: Canterbury Tales
(Zeitgeist Media 3, 2015, DVD)
Soft Mountain — Soft Mountain Soft Mountain — Soft Mountain
(Hux Records 084, 2007, CD)
Elton Dean & the Wrong Object — The Unbelievable Truth Elton Dean & the Wrong Object — The Unbelievable Truth
(Moonjune MJR009, 2007, CD)
Hugh Hopper — Volume 9 - Anatomy of a Facelift Hugh Hopper — Volume 9 - Anatomy of a Facelift
(Gonzo Multimedia HST260CD, 2007/2015, CD)
Soft Machine Legacy — Live at the New Morning Soft Machine Legacy — Live at the New Morning
(INAK 9076 2CD, 2006, 2CD)
Soft Machine Legacy — Soft Machine Legacy Soft Machine Legacy — Soft Machine Legacy
(Moonjune MJR008, 2006, CD)
Elton Dean & Sophia Domancich — Avant Elton Dean & Sophia Domancich — Avant
(Hux Records 063, 2005, CD)
Soft Machine Legacy — Live in Zaandaam Soft Machine Legacy — Live in Zaandaam
(Moonjune MJR006, 2005, CD)
Hugh Hopper — Volume 7 - Soft Boundaries Hugh Hopper — Volume 7 - Soft Boundaries
(Gonzo Multimedia HST249CD, 2005/2015, CD)
Pip Pyle's Equip'Out — Instants Pip Pyle's Equip'Out — Instants
(Hux Records 062, 2004, CD)
Soft Bounds — Live at Le Triton 2004 Soft Bounds — Live at Le Triton 2004
(Le Triton TRI-05511, 2004/2005, CD)
Alex Maguire / Elton Dean / Fred T Baker / Liam Genockey — Psychic Warrior Alex Maguire / Elton Dean / Fred T Baker / Liam Genockey — Psychic Warrior
(Hux Records 059, 2004, CD)
Elton Dean — Sea of Infinity Elton Dean — Sea of Infinity
(Hux Records 050, 2004, CD)
Soft Works — Abracadabra Soft Works — Abracadabra
(Moonjune Universal UICE-1029, 2003, CD)
In Cahoots — All That In Cahoots — All That
(Cuneiform Rune 181, 2003, CD)
Hugh Hopper — Jazzloops Hugh Hopper — Jazzloops
(Burning Shed no#, 2003, CD)
Glass — Live at Progman Cometh Glass — Live at Progman Cometh
(Musea FGBG 4736.AR, 2003/2007, CD)
PolySoft — Tribute to Soft Machine - Live at Le Triton 2002 PolySoft — Tribute to Soft Machine - Live at Le Triton 2002
(Le Triton TRI-03506, 2003, CD)
Elton Dean / Mark Hewins — Bar Torque Elton Dean / Mark Hewins — Bar Torque
(Moonjune MJR001, 2001, CD)
Paul Dunmall Octet — Great Divide Paul Dunmall Octet — Great Divide
(Cuneiform Rune 142, 2001, CD)
Elton Dean — Moorsong Elton Dean — Moorsong
(Cuneiform Rune 143, 2001, CD)
Phil Miller - In Cahoots — Out of the Blue Phil Miller - In Cahoots — Out of the Blue
(Crescent Discs CD5CD, 2001, CD)
Elton Dean — QED Elton Dean — QED
(Blueprint BP339CD, 2000, CD)
Hughscore — Delta Flora Hughscore — Delta Flora
(Cuneiform Rune 110, 1999, CD)
Elton Dean's Newsense — Elton Dean's Newsense Elton Dean's Newsense — Elton Dean's Newsense
(SLAMCD 229, 1998, CD)
Elton Dean — Headless Quartet Elton Dean — Headless Quartet
(Culture Press CP 1006, 1998, CD)
 Elton Dean / Mark Sanders / Roberto Bellatalla — Into the Nierika Elton Dean / Mark Sanders / Roberto Bellatalla — Into the Nierika
(Blueprint BP292CD, 1998, CD)
Elton Dean / Hugh Hopper / Vince Clarke / Frances Knight — The Mind in the Trees Elton Dean / Hugh Hopper / Vince Clarke / Frances Knight — The Mind in the Trees
(Blueprint BP274CD, 1998, CD)
Pip Pyle — Seven Year Itch Pip Pyle — Seven Year Itch
(Voiceprint VP198CD, 1998, CD)
Elton Dean / Paul Dunmall / Tony Levin / Paul Rogers / Roswell Rudd / Keith Tippett — Bladik Elton Dean / Paul Dunmall / Tony Levin / Paul Rogers / Roswell Rudd / Keith Tippett — Bladik
(Cuneiform Rune 92, 1997, CD)
Elton Dean Quartet + Roswell Rudd — Rumours of an Incident Elton Dean Quartet + Roswell Rudd — Rumours of an Incident
(SLAMCD 223, 1997, CD)
Mashu — Elephants in Your Head? Mashu — Elephants in Your Head?
(Voiceprint VP188CD, 1996, CD)
Elton Dean / Paul Dunmall — If Dubois Only Knew Elton Dean / Paul Dunmall — If Dubois Only Knew
(Blueprint BP194CD, 1996, CD)
Phil Miller - In Cahoots — Parallel Phil Miller - In Cahoots — Parallel
(Crescent Discs CD4CD, 1996, CD)
Elton Dean Quintet — Silent Knowledge Elton Dean Quintet — Silent Knowledge
(Cuneiform Rune 83, 1996, CD)
Hugh Hopper — Volume 6 - Special Friends Hugh Hopper — Volume 6 - Special Friends
(Gonzo Multimedia HST248CD, 1995/2015, CD)
Phil Miller - In Cahoots — Recent Discoveries Phil Miller - In Cahoots — Recent Discoveries
(Crescent Discs CD3CD, 1994, CD)
Elton Dean — Two's and Three's Elton Dean — Two's and Three's
(Voiceprint VP167CD, 1994, CD)
John Greaves — Songs John Greaves — Songs
(Resurgence RES112CD, 1993, CD)
Pip Pyle's Equip' Out — Up! Pip Pyle's Equip' Out — Up!
(Voiceprint VP348CD, 1991/2005, CD)
Phil Miller — Split Seconds Phil Miller — Split Seconds
(Reckless Records RECK 8, 1988, CD)
Soft Heap — A Veritable Centaur Soft Heap — A Veritable Centaur
(Impetus Records IMP CD 18219, 1988/1995, CD)
Phil Miller — Cutting Both Ways Phil Miller — Cutting Both Ways
(Cuneiform Rune 11, 1987/1989, CD)
Pip Pyle's Equipe Out — Pip Pyle's Equipe Out Pip Pyle's Equipe Out — Pip Pyle's Equipe Out
(Voiceprint VP213CD, 1987/1999, CD)
Hopper / Dean / Tippett / Gallivan — Mercy Dash Hopper / Dean / Tippett / Gallivan — Mercy Dash
(Gonzo Multimedia HST130CD, 1985/2013, CD)
National Health — D.S. al Coda National Health — D.S. al Coda
(Blueprint BP129CD, 1982/2001, CD)
Hugh Hopper — Monster Band Hugh Hopper — Monster Band
(Gonzo Multimedia HST128CD, 1979/2013, CD)
Soft Heap — Soft Heap Soft Heap — Soft Heap
(Esoteric Recordings ECLEC2131, 1979/2009, CD)
Soft Heap — Al Dente Soft Heap — Al Dente
(Reel Recordings RR 008, 1978/2008, CD)
Keith Tippett's Ark — Frames - Music for an Imaginary Film Keith Tippett's Ark — Frames - Music for an Imaginary Film
(Ogun OGD 003 / 004, 1978, 2LP)
Soft Head — Rogue Element Soft Head — Rogue Element
(Ogun OGCD 013 B, 1978/1996, CD)
Hugh Hopper — Hopper Tunity Box Hugh Hopper — Hopper Tunity Box
(Cuneiform Rune 240, 1977/2007, CD)
Elton Dean / Alan Skidmore / Chris Laurence / John Marshall — El Skid Elton Dean / Alan Skidmore / Chris Laurence / John Marshall — El Skid
(Voiceprint VP230CD, 1977/2001, CD)
EDQ (Elton Dean Quartet) — They All Be on This Old Road EDQ (Elton Dean Quartet) — They All Be on This Old Road
(Ogun OG 410, 1977, LP)
Hopper / Dean / Tippett / Gallivan — Cruel But Fair Hopper / Dean / Tippett / Gallivan — Cruel But Fair
(Gonzo Multimedia HST137CD, 1976/2013, CD)
Chris McGregor's Brotherhood of Breath — Bremen to Bridgwater Chris McGregor's Brotherhood of Breath — Bremen to Bridgwater
(Cuneiform Rune 182/183, 1975/2004, 2CD)
Julie Tippetts — Sunset Glow Julie Tippetts — Sunset Glow
(Blueprint BP317CD, 1975/1999, CD)
Soft Machine — Fourth / Fifth Soft Machine — Fourth / Fifth
(Columbia 493341 2, 1972/1999, CD)
Soft Machine — Live in Paris May 2nd, 1972 (aka Live in France) Soft Machine — Live in Paris May 2nd, 1972 (aka Live in France)
(Cuneiform Rune 195/196, 1972/2004, 2CD)
Julie Driscoll — 1969 Julie Driscoll — 1969
(Eclectic Discs ECLCD1047, 1971/2007, CD)
Soft Machine — BBC Radio 1967-1971 Soft Machine — BBC Radio 1967-1971
(Hux Records 037, 1971/2003, 2CD)
The Keith Tippett Group — Dedicated to You, but You Weren't Listening The Keith Tippett Group — Dedicated to You, but You Weren't Listening
(Esoteric Recordings ECLEC 2367, 1971/2013, CD)
Soft Machine — Drop Soft Machine — Drop
(Moonjune MJR023, 1971/2009, CD)
Soft Machine — Grides Soft Machine — Grides
(Cuneiform Rune 230/231, 1971/2006, CD+DVD)
Elton Dean — Just Us (aka Elton Dean) Elton Dean — Just Us (aka Elton Dean)
(Cuneiform Rune 103, 1971/1998, CD)
Soft Machine — Virtually Soft Machine — Virtually
(Cuneiform Rune 100, 1971/1998, CD)
Soft Machine — Backwards Soft Machine — Backwards
(Cuneiform Rune 170, 1970/2002, CD)
Soft Machine — Breda Reactor Soft Machine — Breda Reactor
(Voiceprint VP345CD, 1970/2004, 2CD)
Robert Wyatt — The End of an Ear Robert Wyatt — The End of an Ear
(Esoteric Recordings ECLEC 2324, 1970/2012, CD)
Soft Machine — Facelift Soft Machine — Facelift
(Voiceprint VP233CD, 1970/2002, 2CD)
Soft Machine — Noisette Soft Machine — Noisette
(Cuneiform Rune 130, 1970/2000, CD)
Soft Machine — Third Soft Machine — Third
(BGO BGOCD 180, 1970/1993, CD)

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