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    Posted: August 25 2014 at 14:13
What are ten bands that put out the most complex and sophisticated
music that are not considered Prog at all?


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Xonty Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 25 2014 at 14:41
Not considered prog at all that are complex? Not a clue where to draw the line Tongue Does Led Zeppelin count for example, or do you mean more classical stuff Confused
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Jazz.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Nogbad_The_Bad Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 25 2014 at 15:49
Seeing as I count pretty much everything I find proggy to be prog its tough to answer this, probably mainly jazz and classical
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Originally posted by Padraic Padraic wrote:

Jazz.

This.
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Ultravox
Yello
Magazine
John Foxx
Al Stewart
ABC
Delerium
OMD
Telex
Thievery Corporation


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Rick Robson Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 25 2014 at 18:51
The first 10 that came to mind right now, in no specific order:
 
Lalo Schifrin
Loreena McKennitt
Emma Shapplin
Astor Piazzolla
Paco De Lucia
Cirque Du Soleil
Andrew Lloyd Webber
Ennio Morricone
Franco Battiato
Philip Glass
 
At the moment I don't recall others but surely this list would go on and on...


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote dr wu23 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 25 2014 at 22:30
Interesting question.....some of these are probably listed here but I'm too lazy to look.
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Simple Minds
Echo and the Bunnymen
Ultravox
XTC
Steely Dan
Spooky Tooth
The Church
Magazine
Be Bop Deluxe
The Flaming Lips
 
 
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Proggy music doesn't exist outside of progressive rock IMHO. To answer the question, my favorite non-prog bands/musicians/composers (in no particular order):

1. Shostakovich
2. Ravel
3. Bartok
4. Miles Davis
5. Bill Evans
6. Thelonious Monk
7. The Police
8. Bill Frisell
9. Stan Getz
10. Pat Metheny
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Ornette Coleman and Judas Priest come to mind.
He looks at this world and wants it all... so he strikes, like Thunderball!
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The Tubes
Elton John
Al Stewart

I will stick with those just for the moment. I'm surprised these are not included in either Crossover or possibly even Prog Folk in Al Stewart's case.
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I'm leaving out all composers that has no relation to rhytmic popular music such as jazz or rock. While (early) Penderecki, Bach, Bartok etc. in no way qualify as a "band" their music is certainly more complex than most on PA. 

I don't have an ultimate list, but here's a ten artists that I'm a big fan of who makes your average progrockin' band sound like Ramones (I'm exaggerating a little for effect). These aren't really bands either but they often performed/conducted a smaller "modern" ensembles and made music resembling RIO/Avant or the more experimental areas of jazzfusion.  

Andrew Hill
Grachan Moncur III
Eric Dolphy
Ennio Morricone (ca. 1965-1978)
Patrice Sciortini
Egisto Macchi
Camille Sauvage aka Eric Framond
Art Ensemble of Chicago
Herbie Hancock
Mccoy Tyner

...also most 60's recording featuring Tony Williams, Richard Davis, Bobby Hutcherson, Cecil McBee. Just follow the drums, bass 'n vibes.

+ Selected albums by Middle Eastern/Asian/Arab/Indian artists such as Tafo Brothers, Baligh Hamdi, (Rahabani Brothers compositions for) Fairuz, Salah Ragab, Omar Khorshid, T.K. Ramamoorthy mm... should tickle the curious progger's ear.

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Joni Mitchell.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote brainstormer Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 26 2014 at 12:52
Actually, individually is fine, didn't mean to limit it by bands.  Great answers, some new ones to check out.
My first thought is Nico Muhly, a new find.  
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Originally posted by brainstormer brainstormer wrote:

My first thought is Nico Muhly, a new find.  
I loved his debut Speaks Volumes but everything I've checked out after (Mother Tounge and his OST's) were huge disappointments so I've pretty much given up on him. Any reccomendations among the ones I haven't heard?
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I like "seeing is believing," the only one I've heard so far.  I wouldn't say it's overwhelming, but I haven't
heard his work before.  It reminds me of when I discovered William Bolcom's Violin Concerto, which also
had a Fantasia by him. 
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Ok, thanks that's two titles to investigate. You should seriously check out Speaks Volumes though. I'd even say its kinda overwhelming
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Check out: William Bolcom - Piano Concerto (1976).
Kind of goes in a direction, almost like "rock in parts. 
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How much proggyness would make a non-prog band prog enough to out-prog a nominally prog band that is not so proggy, like the last 30+ years of Genesis or Yes?

(I guessing you are asking what non-prog bands appeals to those with "discerning tastes"?)

Too many modern era jazz bands to mention. Let's say Herbie Hancock in the 1960s, or the best of Chick Corea in the 1970s, although a lot of his stuff is listed here as jazz-prog-rock (?). Newsflash: Chick Corea is jazz, which is not a subgenre of progressive rock. 

Too many classical performers to mention. 

Some Oregon

Some Joni Mitchell.

Some Sting and The Police.

Anyone who practiced the Third Stream with good taste and musicianship, let's say select Don Sebesky.


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