Soft Machine (jazz)
- Mark Gilbert
English jazz-rock group. It was formed in Canterbury in 1966 by the keyboard player Mike Ratledge, the drummer Robert Wyatt, the electric bass guitarist Kevin Ayers, and the electric guitarist Daevid Allen. In 1967 the group was involved in the psychedelic movement in London and worked in avant-garde theatre in St. Tropez. The following year it toured the USA as a support act to Jimi Hendrix and recorded its eponymous first album in New York. Its next recording was more jazz oriented, and its third album, ...