Alan Gowen/Hugh Hopper with Nigel Morris: ‘Bracknell-Bresse Improvisations’ (Cuneiform)

On paper, two British prog-rock musicians playing fully improvised live sets might have the makings of a dud. With no tricky melodies or riffs or heady chord changes to guide them, how could they possibly manage? As it turns out, keyboarist Alan Gowen (National Health, Gilgamesh) — who died of leukemia at age 33 in

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