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Robert Wyatt’s music has always existed in its own time and place. But over the years, that distance has become ever more pronounced. He records with an impressive A-list of musicians — Brian Eno, David Gilmour, Phil Manzanera, Paul Weller — that he can beckon simply by asking. The music answers to its own rhythms, its own sense of irony and its own belief in melody. To describe a tune such as “Old Europe,” in collaboration with his wife, the poet Alfreda Benge, as jazz is admitting that it features horns. There’s much more going on here on each level. Boudleaux Bryant’s “Raining In My Heart” (an instrumental) makes an odd sense among the oddly harmonic piano tunes (“Tom Hay’s Fox”) and the peculiar syntax and orchestration of “Lullaby for Hamza.” “Insensatez” slides towards nightclub pop for the introverted set.  “Brian the Fox” throws together an extra synthetic bite with electronic washes that give the entire sound a sense of stationary movement. “La Ahada Yalam” is an instrumental of startling grace and wonder.

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A Masterpiece

A deeply personal vision that draws on many different musical idioms. Rock, Jazz, Klezmer, Lounge, Show Tunes....skirts the shmaltzy edge without ever going over the top. Combined with funny, insightful lyrics suffused throughout, a wry and poignant commentary on this Great Cukooland we live in.


Robert Wyatt remains a Genuis for all the ages.


Born: January 28, 1945 in Bristol, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

An enduring figure who came to prominence in the early days of the English art rock scene, Robert Wyatt has produced a significant body of work, both as the original drummer for art rockers Soft Machine and as a radical political singer/songwriter. Born in Bristol, England, Wyatt came to Soft Machine during the exciting, slightly post-psychedelic Canterbury Scene of the mid-'60s that produced bands like Gong and Pink Floyd. Unlike many of the art rock bands that would come later (Jethro Tull, Yes,...
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