“Six” is the sixth studio (instrumental) album (half including live material) by the Canterbury associated band Soft Machine, originally released in 1973 as a double LP. Six is their first album with Karl Jenkins who had replaced Elton Dean. The album is unusual in having the oboe as a featured
instrument in a jazz-rock setting. The “B.O.” to whom the track “Stanley Stamp’s Gibbon Album” is dedicated is writer/composer/television presenter Bill Oddie. “Six” won first place in the Melody Maker British Jazz Album of the Year award in 1973.