PIP PYLE'S BASH
Born in Sawbridgeworth, England, in 1950, Pyle’s sole musical training consisted of a few classes with jazz drummer Buzz Green. He began his career as a musician in several British Blues bands. At age 15, Pyle was a founding member of the Brunos Blues Band, later renamed Delivery, which included his childhood friends Phil and Steve Miller as well as vocalist Carol Grimes. Pyle played on Delivery’s 1970 album, Fool’s Meeting (B&C; Cuneiform reissue 1999), and subsequently joined the band Chicken Shack. In 1971, Pyle met globe-hopping guitarist Daevid Allen and recorded on his album, Banana Moon. Pyle subsequently moved to France, where he joined Allen’s psychedelic rock group Gong and appeared on the band’s Camembert Electrique, a classic album of psych/space rock.

Returning to England, Pyle helped reform Delivery and in 1973, cofounded the legendary Canterbury/progressive rock band Hatfield and the North with the Miller brothers and Richard Sinclair. With Dave Stewart on board, Hatfield released two albums on Virgin, featuring Pyle’s drumming, lyrics, and some compositions. After it dissolved in 1975, Pyle played in numerous jazz groups, including Keith Tippett’s and Elton Dean’s Weightwatchers. He then joined another classic Canterbury group, National Health, remaining until its 1980 demise. Pyle also began a long-term association with Soft Heap and recorded with numerous artists in the ‘70s, including Gilli Smyth and Lady June.

Pyle spent 15 years during the 1980s-90s as the drummer for Phil Miller’s jazz/fusion group, In Cahoots. He also recorded with numerous others, including Stewart and Barbara Gaskin, John Graeves, and Patrice Meyer. In 1984 Pyle formed Equip’Out (1984-1995), a jazz group that included Sophia Domancich, Dean, Hugh Hopper, and Didier Malherbe and released a CD on Voiceprint. In the ‘90s, Pyle was a founding member of Shortwave (Miller, Hopper and Malherbe); rejoined and toured with Gong for several years; and played in Kramer’s Brainville. In 1998, Pyle released his first solo album, the song-oriented and Canterbury-infused 7 Year Itch (Blueprint).

In 2002, Pyle formed the group Bash! to perform his own jazz-infused, rock-energized compositions. Besides Pyle, the virtuoso ensemble includes guitarist Patrice Meyer, keyboardist Alex Maguire and bassist Fred Baker. Belle Illusion, despite it being this group’s first release, is an organic and remarkably mature work. Its success is in part due to the player’s high level of skill, and in part due to the fact that Pyle penned his compositions with these specific players in mind.

BELLE ILLUSION



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Drummer and composer Pip Pyle is widely recognized as the drummer of the Canterbury school of progressive rock. As the drummer for Hatfield and the North and National Health, as well as stints with Gong, In Cahoots, Soft Heap and many, many others in both England and France, Pyle is one of the great drummers of both progressive rock and jazz-rock/fusion.

His newest project, Bash!, is a modern electric jazz fusion/Canterbury outfit that integrates all of his past musical experiences while showcasing his compositional skills. In 2002, Pyle formed the group Bash! to perform his own jazz-infused, rock-energized compositions. Besides Pyle, the virtuoso ensemble includes guitarist Patrice Meyer, keyboardist Alex Maguire and bassist Fred Baker. Belle Illusion, despite it being this group's first release, is an organic and remarkably mature work. Its success is in part due to the player's high level of skill, and in part due to the fact that Pyle penned his compositions with these specific players in mind. According to Pyle, Belle Illusion "is the nearest to writing for specific musicians that I've ever done". Featuring excellent sound, the CD was recorded live at two festival shows, allowing the excitement that musicians bring to good live performances to be captured here. Bash! is sure to please fans of Pip's work and also to bring new fans to an appreciation of his music.

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