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Brand X


Jazz Rock/Fusion

4.12 | 406 ratings

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5 stars At the end of the day, possibly my favorite style of Prog is largely instrumental, near jams, near jazz, but largely epic workouts with intricate virtuosic hooks. Obviously the Canterbury bands are a big favorite, and really a source of almost endless resources for going back to the well for more great music.

A lot of the best Progsters invoke a fair amount of fusion. And the later day Gong, Brufford, and Passport do just that. BUT you know, there's a "line" even within fusion. There's a line between jazz fusion and Prog fusion.

On the jazz fusion side, we've got Miles, Weather Report, M. Orchestra and even later period Soft Machine style fusion, all great great stuff. ButI find my favorite Prog is Prog Fusion", very jazz influenced, heck very "fusion" influenced, but still somehow "Prog". Perhaps it just retains a little more structure and rock to it. Bands like DFA, Brand X, Brian Auger, later Gong, Passport, Steve Hilliage, Coliseum and many others, are still more Prog fusion than jazz fusion. And Brand X's first album is one of the very best. Just brilliant.

akajazzman | 5/5 |


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