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Progressive Biography

I was born and bred in a place named Genk, not far from the Dutch city of Maastricht, but I moved to the United Kingdom in 1996, having lived and worked in Japan for over a decade. I now try to make a living translating Japanese literature into Dutch.

I first started listening to progressive rock in 1975, when one of my classmates showed me that there was far more exciting music around than Mud, the Rubettes or any of the other teenybopper bands that most fifteen-year olds were crazy about. He recorded some cassette tapes for me, featuring Pink Floyd ("Pow R Toc H" and "Echoes"), Jethro Tull (WARCHILD and BENEFIT) and, last but not least, all of RELAYER - then a brand-new release! I couldn't believe my ears. The proggy sounds immediately got me hooked.

That same summer I borrowed all albums by Yes, Genesis, Jethro Tull and The Who that I could find. I didn't buy a lot of music in those days, but another friend's elder brother, who had a steady job as assistant-cook in a restaurant, owned lots of records. With his help, I managed to build up an impressive collection of tapes. Yet another friend introduced me to ELP, David Bowie and most of the Canterbury Scene.

As I got older, of course I started buying records of my own... To say I never looked back, and became a "prog maniac", would be a lie, for by the end of the 1970s progressive rock was clearly in the doldrums, and there was so much other exciting music to discover... I spent most of the 1980s/1990s getting to know jazz and European classical music, and those are the genres I still play the most.

But no matter how much I might love Mozart, Keith Jarrett and Dvorak, I always felt something was missing. Up until about 2005, it actually depressed me that no-one seemed to be making albums like OF QUEUES AND CURES anymore! But then I heard rumours of a prog revival. I discovered Djam Karet, Spock's Beard and Kenso, and then this fabulous website, which introduced me to Echolyn, The Tangent, Anekdoten and many others. All I now hope is that, as Prog Reviewer, I will help the good people who consult this site make some new and exciting discoveries.

Apart from the music I've rated or reviewed for Prog Archives, my favourite artists are:

Monteverdi, Schutz, Lully, Marc-Antoine Charpentier, Rameau and Handel (particularly their vocal works). Just about everything by F. Couperin, J.S. Bach, Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, Berlioz, Liszt, Dvorak and Toru Takemitsu.

Jan Garbarek, Ralph Towner, Dave Holland, Kenny Wheeler, Keith Jarrett, Django Bates, Herbie Hancock, Mike Gibbs, Muhal Richard Abrams, Pierre Dorge, Nguyen Le, Steve Lacy and Duke Ellington.

The Rolling Stones, Van Morrison, Joni Mitchell, Richard Thompson and Los Lobos.

Reviews distribution by sub-genre

 Sub-genreNb of reviewsAvg rating
1 Jazz Rock/Fusion683.71
2 Canterbury Scene663.58
3 Symphonic Prog583.21
4 Eclectic Prog353.51
5 Prog Related313.65
6 Crossover Prog273.44
7 Prog Folk243.33
8 RIO/Avant-Prog164.19
9 Proto-Prog143.07
10 Psychedelic/Space Rock143.50
11 Heavy Prog63.67
12 Various Genres63.17
13 Progressive Electronic53.20
14 Rock Progressivo Italiano43.00
15 Krautrock25.00

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