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John Etheridge interview on Jazzwise

From the UK Jazzwise website:
"AJ Dehany caught up with Soft Machine’s John Etheridge and spoke to him about his formative fretboard influences and approaches to guitar playing, as well as penetrating the complex chronology and politics of the ongoing Softs saga."

Kraan

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Happiest band from Germany. When will the "jam band" audience find them?

Founded: 1970

Location: Berlin, Germany

Website: Homepage der Band Kraan

Leb i Sol

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Featuring the guitar work of Vlatko Stefanowski, the Macedonian based Leb i Sol ("bread and salt") were one of Yugoslavia's best known fusion groups.

Founded: 1976

Location: Skopje, Macedonia, Yugoslavia

Website: lebisolofficial.com

Liliental

One of the many amazing albums recorded by Conny Plank during the 1970s. This one included members of Kraan, Harmonia and a young Asmus Tietchens.

Founded: 1977

Location: Germany

Mahavishnu Orchestra

Founded by guitarist John McLaughlin after his stint with Tony Williams Lifetime, Mahavishnu were perhaps the most successful fusion band, both artistically and commercially.

Founded: 1971

Location: New York City, New York

Malherbe, Didier

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Aka Bloom-Dido Bad-de-Grass, Didier Malherbe's post-Gong work included the vastly underrated fusion outfit Bloom, before continuing into the 80s on a world-fusion path, which included work with Zao's François "Faton" Cahen and in Hadouk, with Loy Ehrlich.

Founded: 1942

Location: Paris, France

Website: DIDIER MALHERBE

Missus Beastly

Missus Beastly had two distinct eras during their existence; the first early one produced their debut, an album of atypical psychedelic rock for its time, and the second a much more promising fusion sound similar to Embryo.

Founded: 1968

Location: Herford, Germany

Moraz Bruford

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Collaboration between two one-time Yes members.

Founded: 1983

Location: London, England

Nova

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Expatriate Italian fusion outfit, led by Elio D'Anna and brothers Rustici all ex Osanna. Recorded their first album at Pete Townsend's Eel Pie studios, and were joined by Percy Jones and Narada Michael Walden for their second, which saw international release. Renato Rosset, ex New Trolls Atomic System, replaced Rustici brother Danilo. For their third and fourth album, Nova picked up the rhythm section of Ric Parnell and Barry Johnson. Their high energy fusion gradually matured into some rather soulful and sophisticated pop by their final album, Sun City, released in 1978.

Founded: 1975

Location: London, England

Website: Corrado Rustici

Passport

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Klaus Doldinger's fusion outfit, heralding some of Germany's finest musicians, including drummer Curt Cress.

Founded: 1971

Location: Munich, Germany

Website: Klaus Doldinger and Passport