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Member since: 3/26/2004 • Forum posts: 6180 • Last visit: 2/6/2016 1:22:47 PM EST
Location: France

Progressive Biography

My interest for progressive music brings back to my 13 years old thanks to artists or bands such as Pink Floyd, Mike Oldfield , Alan Parsons or Vangelis. One of the first intense musical experiences I remember was an astral travel I did while listening to Mike Oldfield Crise's long piece on headphones.

It probably contributed to feed this quest for higher levels of consciousness joined to that odd music. I quickly discovered a fascinating musical universe with pure progressive bands such as Soft Machine, Matching mole and Wyatt, KC, Gong, Ange, and many many more. At the time (1993), the Internet did not exist but fortunatly Muséa french prog label existed and were selling books such as the Didier Gonzales ones which are (gold) mines. At the time progressive rock was even more obscure cause we didn't have access to all the Internet resources we have today, and it was not easy to exchange with other prog fans, except in the record conventions. Internet changed all that and now I discover new things almost everyday, despite all that I already know. I was very young as well when I discovered Hendrix, Santana, Cream, The Doors, all "classic rock" bands that would later lead me to explore further the American psychedelic scene, which is not less than Progressive rock's ancestor. I'm interested in everything done in the 60's gold era and I'm a big fan of Joplin, the early period of the Dead , the Airplane until 1970, Allman brothers until 1971, HP Lovecraft, Spirit, etc.Zappa has my favour as well, especially his jazzrock period.

I enjoy the most cosmic band (Clearlight, Gong), spacey ones (Pink Floyd 1968 to 1971, Agitation free), psychedelic/experimental (Amon dull II, Deuter) or spiritual ones such as Popol vuh or Between. The german progressive school has all these qualities (with its different subgenres, including psyche von folk), hence my Krautrock specialist role on Prog Archives. I try to promote as well the French school which is one of the very best, with original bands such as Heldon, Markusfeld, Alpes and many more obscure gems. But I also enjoy a lot Canterbury school, and fine symphonic prog as well (roughly all that KC, Yes, Genesis, Focus did until 1976). I also like the Italian school, especially its most experimental side (Area, Picchio dal pozzo, Dedalus). I like many english bands, classic ones like Jethro tull or Traffic, precious ones such as Cressida or Tonton macoute and many more. The Indo prog/ragga rock genre instituted by Philippe is awesome, with excellent and diverse bands such as Quintessence, Clem Alford, Third ear band...I enjoy a lot Folkrock as well, from british classic Folkrock (Pentangle, Trees) to german psychefolk (Broselmaschine, Witthuser & Westrupp).

Besides progressive, I enjoy 60's jazz, 70's jazzrock (including worldjazz artists: Tibbetts, Walcott), 70's progressive soul and funk, world music. Classical music as well with a strong preference for the French school represented by Ravel and Debussy, the closest of the spirit of prog. I often point out the sonic qualities of the albums i review, because of my passion for (high end) hifi and since sound quality is essential for the musical enjoyment .

Lately, i'm getting more and more interested in the current jazz scene, which often include jazzrock and or world influences with famous bands such as Avishaï Cohen, the "Infinite live" album from the Belmondo brothers or the Santana-inspired latin jazzrock outfit "Mosaïque".

Artists added in the archives: Alpes & Catherine Ribeiro, Ame son, Alain Gorager, Amonullunoma, Daevid Allen & Microcosmic, Kala, Oregon, Spacecraft, Steve Tibbetts, Habibiyya, Joël Dugrenot.

Reviews distribution by sub-genre

 Sub-genreNb of reviewsAvg rating
1 Krautrock213.90
2 Jazz Rock/Fusion183.11
3 Psychedelic/Space Rock173.06
4 Canterbury Scene123.83
5 Indo-Prog/Raga Rock83.50
6 Symphonic Prog73.14
7 Progressive Electronic63.83
8 Prog Folk52.40
9 Proto-Prog54.20
10 RIO/Avant-Prog34.00
11 Crossover Prog14.00
12 Prog Related13.00
13 Eclectic Prog14.00

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