Fred Baker and Phil Miller were each other’s biggest fans. After Hugh Hopper’s departure from In Cahoots, Elton Dean recommended Fred as a replacement on the bass and Phil and Fred’s admiration for each other began. Phil described Fred as “a phenomenon!” and from then on Fred played on every gig and every record of the band with Phil writing several compositions for him using the bass as a melodic voice. This new year welcomes Fred as the new bass player in Soft Machine, replacing Roy Babbington, whose hand problems have forced him to retire. Fred was invited to join the band on Roy’s recommendation. We remember Roy from when he was the highly respected bass player in Delivery back in the 70s. Fred continues his work as a lecturer at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire where Phil’s compositions form part of their Archives.
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