Monday, June 8, 2009

Hugh Hopper R.I.P.

So sad to hear the passing away of Hugh Hopper
Hugh became a legend as the bass player in Soft Machine with his innovative compositions and a unique signature fuzz-bass sound. making his mark on the history of progressive rock and forward-looking jazz-influenced psychedelic groups of the period and ever since.
I had the opportunity and privilege of meeting and working with Hugh when he played with Brainville 3 In Tel Aviv a few years ago and was struck by his down to earth and humble nature, his friendly manner and typical very English of humor.
Here is an improvisation Hugh played with Chris Cutler as the opening of the concert
This has all the magical ingredients that made Hugh such a unique bass player and improviser.

Hugh had one last request which stems from his faith in Buddhism; that request is to chant "Om Mani Padme Hum" for 49 days, visualizing him in the light of a rainbow.
Rest In peace dear Hugh