Mike Ratledge
Mike Ratledge
Michael Roland "Mike" Ratledge is a British musician. Ratledge was part of the Canterbury scene and a long-time member of Soft Machine.
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Ralph A. Miriello: Notes on Jazz's Annual 4th of July Living Legends of Jazz Celebration
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Jimmy Cobb photo by Lena Ashasheva ©2013 Another year has passed since Notes on Jazz published its annual Living Legend of Jazz feature. This is the fourth such compilation, a yearly reminder and a joyful celebration of the artistry and longevity of jazz artists that have been living in our midst. With each year we marvel at some familiar new members who have entered into the ranks of the Living Legends. The criteria are uncomplicated, simply induct any musician, working or retired who has reached their seventieth birthday and has contributed to the canon of the music, keeping the spirit and tradition of the music alive. They could be relatively obscure or internationally recognized, but in their own way they made a difference. Many of us grew up with these artists and have followed their careers through the years. As this is an organic list, ever-changing, like the music, its ranks are added to and depleted each year. Sadly, since last July 4th, ,we have continued to lo ...
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Los discos que no te atreves a escuchar: David Bedford – Star Clusters ... - El Boyaldía
Google News - over 5 years
... pero en donde las secciones que lucen improvisadas casi desaparecen para dar paso a segmentos sinfónicos, los que incluyen algunas breves apariciones de teclados en manos de otro “don” de la música llamado Mike Ratledge (Soft Machine) en una pieza
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SOFT MACHINE - Actualidad Buscamusica.es
Google News - over 5 years
por el virtuoso y bromista John Etheridge; y sin, ay, nadie que supliera los imprescindibles teclados de Mike Ratledge. Fue la reedición por tanto más compacta e hiperguitarrera de los últimos tiempos del grupo, pero no fue impedimento para atreverse
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Soft Machine - Prague Post
Google News - almost 6 years
In the mid '60s, Soft Machine, including drummer and singer Robert Wyatt, bassist Kevin Ayers, guitarist David Allen and organist Mike Ratledge, was an up-and-coming psychedelic rock band in the same circle as Pink Floyd, who was then led by the mystic
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    FIFTIES
  • 1995
    Age 51
    In 1995, Adiemus (Karl Jenkins, Mike Ratledge, Miriam Stockley), released Songs of Sanctuary, which Ratledge co-produced with Karl Jenkins and for which he also programmed the electronic percussion.
    More Details Hide Details The album featured Miriam Stockley on vocals.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1976
    Age 32
    In 1976 Ratledge decided to leave Soft Machine to build a solo career, leaving the band under the supervision of Karl Jenkins.
    More Details Hide Details He built himself a studio, but a solo album was never released. Ratledge did however provide film scores for Riddles of the Sphinx (1977), Crystal Gazing (1982). and The Bad Sister (1983). for director Laura Mulvey. Ratledge was a seminal figure on the Canterbury music scene. As Soft Machine's longest-lasting member, he evolved with the band from psychedelic music to jazz-rock. In the 1980s Ratledge was active as a composer and musical producer for commercials and the theatre.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1973
    Age 29
    In November 1973, Ratledge participated in a live-in-the-studio performance of Mike Oldfield's Tubular Bells for the BBC.
    More Details Hide Details It is available on Oldfield's Elements DVD.
  • 1967
    Age 23
    Ratledge married Marsha Hunt on 15 April 1967.
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  • 1966
    Age 22
    In 1966 his friends were forming a new band and asked Ratledge to join.
    More Details Hide Details Soft Machine featured among others Robert Wyatt, Daevid Allen and Kevin Ayers. In the years to follow there were many personnel changes and by 1973 Ratledge was the only remaining member of the original lineup.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1963
    Age 19
    In 1963 he played in the Daevid Allen Trio.
    More Details Hide Details Unlike his friends, Ratledge wanted to further his education, and studied at University College, Oxford, where he earned a degree in psychology and philosophy. At the same time he attended music lessons, and was educated by avant-garde musicians Mal Dean and Rab Spall. After his graduation Ratledge intended to go to a university in the United States, but his application for a scholarship was filed too late.
  • 1961
    Age 17
    Ratledge also met Brian's younger brother Hugh, and Robert Wyatt. In 1961 he met Daevid Allen, who interested them in playing jazz.
    More Details Hide Details Through Cecil Taylor's piano pieces Ratledge became familiar with the music of Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis and John Coltrane.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1943
    Born
    Born in 1943.
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