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Burden of Proof Review

Three quarters of the celebrated 70’s version of the legendary group which recorded the acclaimed ‘Softs’ album in 1976, are completed by outstanding sax star Theo Travis. The band plays material from the era (compositions by Hugh Hopper, Mike Ratledge, Karl Jenkins) as well as many contemporary works, as featured on their recent album ‘Burden of Proof’.

“Burden of Proof is, to put it mildly, absolutely exquisite. These are four musicians who are masters of their craft, and truly at the top of their game, not only as soloists but as contributors in an actual band. They've put together here a collection of songs that basically has something for everyone; challenging jazz-fusion, adventurous prog-rock, bits of chaotic free-jazz, atmospheric instrumental popjazz, and even a little hard rock. Extraordinary!"

Pete Pardo

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The Arts Depot - Review

The sax player and Fripp collaborator brings his live show to the capital.

Venue: The Arts Depot, London
Date of Gig: Monday 30th June 2016

If you like music operating at the fluid interface between jazz, ambient and prog, you’ll wish you’d been in north London to witness Theo Travis and his band (guitarist Mike Outram, organist Pete Whittaker and drummer Nic France) in full, flowing effect.

You can see why prog mainstays and outliers as esteemed as Robert Fripp, Bill Nelson, Steven Wilson, Gong, David Sylvian and Harold Budd have flocked to work with the saxophonist, flautist and composer. His music’s not all ECM-style slow serenity and late-period Talk Talk tranquility, though. There are moments of Mahavishnu-esque intensity when the players threaten to tear the roof off.

It’s a varied set. Sometimes they seem less like a prog band than a modern jazz quartet. Much of the show comprises tracks from the 2015 album Transgression, but there are intriguing diversions. Travis introduces a song “by a great British songwriter who is no longer with us” – Syd Barrett’s See Emily Play – with an addendum about stopping at Toddington Services on the M1 and getting a call from David Gilmour to join him on tour in Europe. It might not be everyone’s cup of hallucinogens – the sinister psych strut of Syd’s original is replaced by sweet and sour sax noodling – but it’s certainly different.

Sometimes it’s a tad smooth. But then they’ll throw in a drum fusillade or a sax blast and you’ll be back on prog terra firma. It’s all very grown up, with tasteful applause not just at the end but for solos within songs too. Smokin’ At Klooks has a bossa nova, Latin feel worthy of Abraxas-era Santana. And a tune inspired by Iain Banks’ The Crow Road has a quirky rhythm, somewhere between cool jazz and more frenetic prog.

It’s a show of two halves. Fire Mountain kicks off the second half, with some McLaughlin-fast guitar and virtuoso sax. Song For Samuel is like Steely Dan if they eschewed tunes for dexterous jazz fusion. The audience are transfixed by the version of Robert Wyatt’s Maryan, while Portobello 67 hints at psychedelic jazz.

They climax with a song about Pluto’s changing planet status. Suitably, it has all the alien quirks, strangeness and charm of Captain Beefheart. But then Theo Travis has a magic band of his own.

Paul Lester

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Video via K2 Item

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Tour Dates

Theo Travis' Double Talk

‘Transgression Tour’ 2016

Theo Travis - Tenor and Soprano Saxophones and Flute
Mike Outram - Guitar
Pete Whittaker- Organ
Nic France- Drums


Fri 15 Jan - Stoke by Nayland - Fleece Jazz, Keepers Lane, Leavenheath,  Colchester, Essex,  CO6 4PZ (Tel: 01787 211865)
Sat 30 Jan - London - Arts Depot, 5 Nether Street, North Finchley, N12 0GA (Tel: 020 8369 5454)
Thurs 4 Feb - Oxford - The Spin, Oxford's Jazz Club @ The Wheatsheaf, 129 High Street, Oxford, OX1 4DF (opposite Covered Market) (Tel: 07711 671647)
Sun 24 April 4:30pm - Bournemouth - Jazz Festival. King’s Hall, Royal Bath Hotel, BH1 2EW
Fri 6 May - Birmingham - The Red Lion, 95 Warstone Lane, 
Birmingham Hockley  B18 6NG (0121 233 9144 )
Weds 25 May - Tilburg, Netherlands - Paradox Club
Thurs 2 June – Harwich - Electric Palace, King’s Quay Street, Harwich, Essex, CO12 3ER (Tel: 01255 553333)

Tues 7 June - Petersfield - Bedales School Theatre, Church Road,  Steep, GU32 2DG (Tel: 01730 711510)
Fri 24 June - Reading Jazz - Progress Theatre
Weds 13 July 8pm - London - Café in the Crypt, St Martins Church, Trafalgar Square
Fri 9 December - Luton - The Bear Club, 24a Guildford Street Mill Yard LU1 2N

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Steven Wilson 4 1/2 K Scope 2016
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Andy Tillison Diskdrive Durch 2016
Anekdoten Shooting star EP Disk Union 2016
Various Tonefloat TF100 Tonefloat 2016
Steven Wilson Hand cannot erase Kscope 2016
Fish on Friday Godspeed CD Baby 2013
Anekdoten Until the Ghosts are Gone Musea/Virta 2015
Jane Getter On Snapper 2015
Theo Travis "Double Talk" Transgression Esoteric Antenna 2015
Christina Booth The Light Download Only 2015
The Tangent A Spark in the Aether Inside Out 2015
Dave Sturt Dreams and Absurdities Esoteric Antenna 2015
Travis & Fripp Discretion Panegyric/Tonefloat 2014
Echo Engine Windjammer Download Only 2014
Goldbug Nacaal IK 2014
Bass Communion Indicates Void 4 CD Box set Tonefloat 2013
Steven Wilson The Raven that Refused to Sing (and other stories) KScope 2013
Steven Wilson Drive Home EP Kscope 2013
Soft Machine Legacy Burden of Proof Esoteric/ Moonjune 2013
The Tangent Le Sacre du Travail Inside Out 2013
Travis & Fripp Follow Panegyric 2012
John Lester Jazz? Ambit Jazz 2012
Steven Wilson Catalogue/Preserve/Amass CD/Vinyl Headphone Dust 2012
Steven Wilson Get All You Deserve DVD/CD KScope 2012
Bill Nelson Classic Rock Legends 2CD/DVD ITV 2012
Travis & Fripp Discretion - High res Download only Bowers and Wilkins 2012
Dalis Car Ingladalonenes MKCD4 2012
John Foxx and Theo Travis Torn Sunset Edsel 2011
Steven Wilson Grace for Drowning KScope 2011
Bill Nelson Classic Rock Legends DVD ITV 2011
The Tangent Going off on Two DVD SCM 2011
The Tangent Comm Inside Out 2011
Theo Travis All I know 33 Records 2011
Travis & Fripp Live At Coventry Cathedral Palvergyric 2010
Travis & Fripp Live at Bishops Cleeve 12" Vinyl Tonefloat 2010
Travis & Fripp Live at Broad Chalke 12" Vinyl Tonefloat 2010
Soft Machine Legacy Live Adventures Moonjune 2010
Stefano Panuzzi A Rose Emerald 2010
Goldbug The Seven Dreams One K 2010
Tim Motzer and Markus Reuter Descending One K 2010
Gong 2032 A Wave 2009
Steven Wilson Insurgentes 2CD KScope 2009
Francis Dunnery There's a Whole New World Out There Aquarian Nation 2009
Theo Travis' Double Talk Ascending- Live at the Pizza, limited edition 2CD set Ethersounds 2009
Theo Travis and Fear Falls Burning The Tonefloat Sessions (Vinyl) Tonefloat 2009
Travis & Fripp Thread 2LP Deluxe Vinyl Edition Tonefloat 2009
Travis & Fripp Live at Broadchalke DGMLive Download 2009
Travis & Fripp Live at Bishop's Cleeve DGMLive Download 2009
The Tangent Down and out in Paris and London Inside Out 2009
Sugizo Cosmoscape - Compilation Oricon  
Steven Wilson Insurgentes Headphone Dust/ Tonefloat 2008
Steve Jansen The Occurence of Slope DVD Samadhisound 2008
Karmakanic Who's the Boss at the Factory Inside Out 2008
Philip Clemo The Rooms All colours Arts 2008
Steve Jansen 4 remixes from Slope Samadhisound 2008
Jade Warrior Now Windweaver Music 2008
No Man Schoolyard Ghosts Snapper 2008
Travis & Fripp Thread Panegyric 2008
The Tangent Not as good as the book Inside Out 2008
Bass Communion Pacific Codex Equation 2008
Cary Grace Band Where you go Door 13 Music 2008
Theo Travis Double Talk 33 Records 2007
Theo Travis Slow Life - 2 LP Deluxe vinyl edition featuring bonus tracks Tonefloat 2007
Soft Machine Legacy Steam Moonjune 2007
The Tangent Going off on one Inside Out 2007
Steve Jansen Slope Samadhisound 2007
Cipher Elemental Forces Burning Shed 2006
Bass Communion Ghosts on Magnetic Tape Tonefloat 2006
No Man Returning Jesus Complete Sessions - 3LP Vinyl edition 3rd Stone 2006
Theo Travis Eleven Bowls of Acidophilus Flute Salad Tonefoat/C 2006
The Tangent A Place in the Queue Inside Out 2006
John Lester So Many Reasons Midnite Café 2006
Porcupine Tree Stupid Dream - Special Edition 2 CD set Lava/Atlantic 2006
The Tangent The World that we drive through Inside Out 2005
Nine Horses Snow Bourne Sorrow (David Sylvian/Steve Jansen/Burnt Friedman) SamadhiSound 2005
Bass Communion Indicates Void Tonefloat 2005
A Marble Calm Surfacing Burning Shed 2004
Steven Wilson Unreleased Electronic Music Volume 1 Headphone Dust 2004
Bass Communion Ghosts on magnetic tape Headphone Dust 2004
Tito Lopez Combo Still Smokin' Tito's Records 2004
Karen Lane Taste 33 Records 2004
David Sinclair Into the Sun DSINCS-Music 2003
David Sinclair Full Circle DSINCS-Music 2003
Uri Geller Meditations Forkbender 2003
Uri Geller Words of Courage and Inspiration Forkbender 2003
Steve Lawson/Theo Travis For the Love of Open Spaces [Buy] Pillow Mountain 2003
Darkroom The DAC Mixes Bandcamp 2003
Porcupine Tree The Sky Moves Sideways Reissue Delerium 2003
House of Thandoy House of Thandoy Invisible Music 2003
Harbans Srih's Vybesmen Harbans Srih's Vybesmen Tito Records 2003
Bass Communion Various - Bass Communion Remixed Headphone Dust 2003
Theo Travis Slow Life Ether Sounds 2003
No Man All that you are Hidden Art EP 2003
Aphratec The Discerning Dancefloor Volume One. "All Things" track on vinyl compilation album Care in the Community Records. 2002
Cipher One Who Whispers Gliss 2002
Theo Travis/Mark Hewins Guerrilla Music Burning Shed 2002
Burning Shed Sampler Two Travis / Hewins track "Slow Life" Burning Shed 2002
Gong OK Friends Gas 2002
Gong From Here to Eternity - 2CD reissue Snapper 2002
Gong High above the Subterranea - live DVD Snapper 2002
Inconnu Les Pensees de Nos Reves EP Over Records 2002
Akiko Kobayashi Beloved Warner Japan 2001
Anja Garbarek Smiling and Waving Virgin 2001
Jansen Barbieri Karn Playing in a Room with People (Live Album) Medium 2001
Porcupine Tree Recordings K Scope/Snapper 2001
Bass Communion Bass Communion 3 Burning Shed) 2001
Recreator Solar Sahara FMR 2001
No-Man Lost Songs ,Volume One Burning Shed 2001
No Man Returning Jesus 3rd Stone 2001
Rod Blake Blake Candid 2001
Tito Lopez Combo 2000 Acid Jazz 2001
Gong Zero to Infinity. Snapper music 2000
Gong Live to Infinitea Snapper music) 2000
Bass Communion Invisible Soundtracks Macro 3 compilation ("Quantico" track ) Leaf 2000
Bass Communion "Drugged" remix on Silver Apples Remix CD" 3rd Stone 2000
Porcupine Tree Stranger by the minute/Even Less pt 2). Single K Scope 2000
Cipher Hidden Art compilation (exclusive Cipher track "The Lodger pt 2") Hidden Art 2000
Jansen Barbieri Karn Medium sampler. (live track "Life without buildings") Medium 2000
Pulse Remix CD DJ Spooky and Steve Jansen tracks Medium 1999
Porcupine Tree Stupid Dream K scope 1999
Porcupine Tree Piano Lessons/ Ambulance Chasing (Single, Cipher and No-Man tracks) Kscope 1999
Various The Sky Goes All The Way Home. Voiceprint 1999
Bass Communion Bass Communion 2 Hidden Art 1999
Steve Jansen, Yukihiro Takahashi Pulse Limited Edition 1999
Jansen Barbieri Karn _ism Medium 1998
Masami Tsuchiya Forest People Polygram/Cross 1998
Bass Communion Bass Communion 3rd Stone Records 1998
Indigo Falls Indigo Falls Medium Productions 1998
Velvet Smooth Moods 2 Jazz FM Records 1998
The Great Unknown It's out there Infinity records 1998
Theo Travis Live at Ronnies 33Jazz Rceords 1997
Sugizo Truth Polygram/Cross 1997
Ute Under The External ('Three Breaths') id/Mercury 1997
Theo Travis Secret Island 33Jazz Records 1996
Dick Heckstall Smith Celtic Steppes 33 Records 1996
Gaddy Zerbib Gaddy Zerbib Zerbib 1996
Jive Nation Under African Skies Bridge Records 1996
The Other Side Dangerous Days Bridge Records 1994
Theo Travis View From The Edge 33Jazz Records 1994
Jade Warrior Distant Echoes Red Hot 1993
Theo Travis 2am 33Jazz Records 1993
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