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Pip Pyle 10 years, Le Triton, Paris, July 1/2017



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Didier Malherbe (sax,flute, duduk)  Patrick Buchmann (drums)  François Verly (piano)  Jean Luc Ponthieux (bass)  Patrice Meyer (gtr)



From 94 to 2003 we've been having a regular trio practice, Elton Dean, Pip and myself in

Pip's attic in Chennevières-sur-Marne.We reached sometimes that point of fusion which occurs

when three improvisers stimulate each other to incandescence, you musicians know

what I'm talking about.In these moments, none of us would ever want to be in any other

place. When Elton left, Pip and I played our souls out for our missing mate. When Pip left,

I stood in front of an empty drummer seat. May this house be forever haunted with all the

great music that has been resounding between its walls, my band is gone.

Pip Pyle, membre de Gong et batteur-fondateur d’Hatfield and the North et National Health, nous avait quittés trop tôt, il y a dix ans. Sa carrière avait été particulièrement riche. La reformation, en 2005, d’Hatfield and the North pour une tournée mondiale pratiquement à guichets fermés, avait été aussi son chant du cygne. Jamais à court de contradictions, Pip-batteur était un fervent adepte de l'improvisation libre, mais Pip-compositeur était un mélodiste méticuleux et inspiré. Pour lui rendre hommage, j'ai voulu réunir ses amis autour de quelques-unes de ses créations, dont celles de son groupe Bash, qui s’était souvent produit sur la scène du Triton. 




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Patrice Meyer's Master Class for GuitareXtreme n°46(sept.2011) on line!

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Patrice Meyer - Thierry Eckert endorsing HL guitars, salon Graines de Guitare (Fontainebleau France) July 6, 2014

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Patrice Meyer/John Etheridge June 5/2008 Triton, Paris, France

listen to "Etika"




Avec JeanLuc Ponthieux, basse JB Cortot, batterie


I was 17 when I saw John Etheridge for the first time with Soft Machine, in Festival d'Orange, France in 1975. He was so good that during the whole show I thought he was Allan Holdsworth, who just left the band after "Bundles" was released.  Inviting this older brother was a huge pleasure. We played some tunes of ours, a cover (Hope) from godfather Mahavishnu (John was also influenced by McLaughlin. Remember : Soft Machine toured along with Mahavishnu Orchestra in 75, and with Shakti in 76)

And of course covers from Soft Machine "Softs" (released in 76) : Song for Aeolus, Tales of Taliesin, and John's beautiful piece: Etika.

Guitar hero attitude was assumed, and lots of notes have been played.





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Patrice Meyer, Hugh Hopper, Pip Pyle, Patrick Morgenthaler 1986

A juicy archive of the quartet that toured France extensively first half of 1986.

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