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    Indeed, just like Muse, Mars Volta, Tool and...

    Indeed, just like Muse, Mars Volta, Tool and similar acts made prog look (relatively) hip to new rock audience a decade and a half ago, Kamasi and Shabaka make it happen for jazz now. I am not a fan...
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    I am afraid it's not a typical love story. Just...

    I am afraid it's not a typical love story. Just look around, we are no longer able to discuss a subject of the utmost importance, the future of progressive rock, and instead we waste precious energy...
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    Perhaps it's a fatal attraction of this forum,...

    Perhaps it's a fatal attraction of this forum, which just cannot be ditched. :)

    Svetonio and Skullhead keep returning here just like Harey would get back to Kelvin each time after he tried to...
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    You guys start to see Svetonios and Skullheads...

    You guys start to see Svetonios and Skullheads everywhere. :D
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    If I were to find an analogy, Kamasi is to...

    If I were to find an analogy, Kamasi is to spiritual jazz of the 60s what Mars Volta or Muse were to classic progressive rock of 70s.
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    Indeed. Skullhead does not use Internet, so he...

    Indeed. Skullhead does not use Internet, so he won't help me here... :D
  7. Thread: Elephant9

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    Psychedelic Backfire II may be easier to digest,...

    Psychedelic Backfire II may be easier to digest, but is not as packed with music ideas and stunning playing as the first part. My preference would depend on the mood, but I'd also give a slight edge...
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    Mars and Monae, are you trying to put these...

    Mars and Monae, are you trying to put these staples of Starbucks-deployed Mac crowd up against two music geniuses - Kanye and Kendrick? ;)

    But seriously... Could you paste some "progressive" tunes...
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    Well, how about retro-prog or Kamasi Washington?...

    Well, how about retro-prog or Kamasi Washington? Is it also difficult to listen to such stuff without that in mind? :)
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    I have a hard time believing that most progheads...

    I have a hard time believing that most progheads would consider any of these a new "Watcher of the Skies"... :)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UTH1VNHLjng from Kanye West's My Beautiful Dark...
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    Too much computer junk on board let the Serbs...

    Too much computer junk on board let the Serbs shoot down a F-117A stealth aircraft? ;)

    http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_Ljb8s9w4_0w/R21yl-daJPI/AAAAAAAABNY/aW8p4vv0w7c/s320/F117.jpg
  12. Have you tried their recent live set? ...

    Have you tried their recent live set?

    https://sonar-band.bandcamp.com/album/live-at-moods
  13. It's a bait. This forum is very much against the...

    It's a bait. This forum is very much against the notion of the superiority of Yugo-prog, which Svetonio championed.

    If you do not know Smak you should be safe here. Once other new members like...
  14. I cannot imagine Swiss prog without alphorns and...

    I cannot imagine Swiss prog without alphorns and bŁchels... ;)


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vZjhp6Xydqo
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    Monterey Festival '67 and Fillmore East '68,...

    Monterey Festival '67 and Fillmore East '68, although the latter I prefer in the bootleg soundboard form.
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    Perhaps that's what I like about it the most, I...

    Perhaps that's what I like about it the most, I suppose. :) The lack of rawness, especially in case of the Who, detracts from my listening experience, which is why I rarely revisit studio recordings....
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    My favourite top 3 for the moment would be: 1....

    My favourite top 3 for the moment would be:

    1. Leeds '70 - official
    2. Amsterdam '69 - boot
    3. Young Vic '71 - Who's Next deluxe

    Re: Quadrophenia '73 tour - I have the Capital Center (Largo)...
  18. No, blame the educational reforms of the 70s and...

    No, blame the educational reforms of the 70s and 80s, started in the US and then spreading across Europe like wildfire, which in a noble effort of making the school programs more palpable for the...
  19. I can see more positives in the passing decade...

    I can see more positives in the passing decade compared to the previous two (and a half), which were cultural wasteland from my (admittedly limited) perspective. I have very little positive to say...
  20. Thread: Elephant9

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    Who would you propose for the job?

    Who would you propose for the job?
  21. Danes, you better watch out! ;) ...

    Danes, you better watch out! ;)

    www.youtube.com/watch?v=xBcJZ3-cJKc
  22. Thread: Elephant9

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    These are some truly fascinating recollections...

    These are some truly fascinating recollections and insights, John.

    I do hope that the best performances, like that of Stian Westerhus & Sidsel Endresen, won't get lost and will surface one day,...
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    Yeah, in Huntsville he's displayed his...

    Yeah, in Huntsville he's displayed his capabilities of playing in a more "traditional" context I think.



    Indeed, few could have guessed that Keith Rowe was capable of picking up a regular...
  24. Thread: Elephant9

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    Did you buy the full 5LP box? ...

    Did you buy the full 5LP box?

    https://www.discogs.com/Elephant9-Psychedelic-Backfire/release/13712511

    I am curious about the box-exclusive third volume that features two extra numbers (of...
  25. I don't know how it has been in Norway, but in...

    I don't know how it has been in Norway, but in many other parts of the world the general/mass "culture" wasn't exactly peaking for the last few decades...
  26. Thread: Elephant9

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    I (knowingly) heard Reine Fiske first in The...

    I (knowingly) heard Reine Fiske first in The Amazing a decade ago and his playing immediately attracted my attention:


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K4k-4LMumWw
  27. Thread: Elephant9

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    Ivar Grydeland would be an interesting option to...

    Ivar Grydeland would be an interesting option to consider. He is also a texture-oriented guitarist, but with edgier and rougher sound choices. Not sure whether he'd be at ease in such a prog/fusion...
  28. Thread: Elephant9

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    Thanks for sharing! I suppose the whole event...

    Thanks for sharing!

    I suppose the whole event got recorded, so now you should talk the organizers and artists into releasing the tapes in the form of a nice CD box! :)
  29. Thread: Elephant9

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    Quite surprising, but the addition of the...

    Quite surprising, but the addition of the guitarist on the second volume of Psychedelic Backfire makes the music less unremittingly intensive and more "unhurriedly" jammy (in contrast to the previous...
  30. Everything needed to change, so everything could...

    Everything needed to change, so everything could stay the same.



    https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/06/24/magazine/trey-anastasio-phish.html
  31. Thread: Elephant9

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    I have listened a few times to Psychedelic...

    I have listened a few times to Psychedelic Backfire I and it's a grower for me. Although I'd expected some serious ass-kick jamming I wasn't really prepared for it and it took me some time to get...
  32. Turning and turning in the widening gyre The...

    Turning and turning in the widening gyre
    The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
    Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
    Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
    The blood-dimmed tide is loosed,...
  33. 1689 : "[I]Theatrical music in Spain is today so...

    1689 : "[I]Theatrical music in Spain is today so developed and so advanced that it does not seem possible that it could go any further. For the sweet harmony of the instruments, the skill and...
  34. It's not crumbling, but only being overcome by a...

    It's not crumbling, but only being overcome by a dynamic movement towards the whole, which preserves what it overcomes.

    Nothing is lost or destroyed but raised up and preserved as in a spiral,...
  35. There hasn't been a time when classical...

    There hasn't been a time when classical tradition, skill, craft, thought and culture were so deeply ingrained in the minds of the youth as they are now. :)

    ...
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    Both volumes are still on my wishlist. I saw this...

    Both volumes are still on my wishlist. I saw this lineup live in the mid-00s and got smashed by Otomo's guitar playing, but I remember getting distracted by the singer. :) It's high time to finally...
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h1gkJiDKpUA

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h1gkJiDKpUA
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    My favourite one is ONJQ Live on DIW, which was...

    My favourite one is ONJQ Live on DIW, which was recorded two years earlier and covers similar territory.



    I love the whole idea of taking Merzbow's noise source and re-arranging it for a big...
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    Agreed. Some accuse them of the lack of...

    Agreed. Some accuse them of the lack of publishing policy/control and releasing whatever they happen to like. I don't mind because their tastes are quite similar to mine and they put out a lot of...
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    I thought I'd make myself a quick review of my...

    I thought I'd make myself a quick review of my favourite recordings on Clean Feed label that have been releasing some really great music for almost two decades. I got down to 21 titles by eliminating...
  41. Thread: Elephant9

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    That's exactly what I need in my collection's...

    That's exactly what I need in my collection's contemporary jamz section. So far I have only had a few live sets by Medeski, Martin, Wood & A Guitarist, or Zony Mash to kick my butt, but let's be...
  42. Thread: Neil Ardley

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    I have just played and enjoyed it a lot, so it's...

    I have just played and enjoyed it a lot, so it's all relative to one's acceptance level of inferior sound. On the bootleg grading scale I'd easily give it A-. Everyone hesitating should check it...
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    That's why you need to be picky and buy only the...

    That's why you need to be picky and buy only the stuff you'd actually listen/return to.

    I dig a lot well-curated boxsets filled with unreleased (live) archival bounty. In that respect Art Zoyd's...
  44. Thread: Neil Ardley

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    I hope you haven't overlooked Michael Gibbs -...

    I hope you haven't overlooked Michael Gibbs - Festival '69 (w/ Gary Burton), Nucleus - Live '70 (w/ Leon Thomas), Michael Garrick - Prelude to Heart Is A Lotus '68 and Gordon Beck - Jubilation!...
  45. Thread: Neil Ardley

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    Not really. It's a two-track tape of pretty...

    Not really. It's a two-track tape of pretty decent quality. The only issue is that vocal mic wasn't properly channelled into soundboard, so it's coming distant through PA/other mics. Not such a big...
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    His two archival live sets, Camden '70 and On The...

    His two archival live sets, Camden '70 and On The Radio: BBC Sessions '71, should not be overlooked. Both are excellent, even though the Camden tape has its issues (problems with vocal microphone).
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    It's supposedly the first one in the whole series...

    It's supposedly the first one in the whole series that would deliver Sam River's archival live sets. I am looking forward to it!
  48. http://jackotheclock.com/Jack_O_The_Clock.html

    http://jackotheclock.com/Jack_O_The_Clock.html
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    It was quite surprising to me how badly the...

    It was quite surprising to me how badly the orchestra gig had turned out. On paper it looked like a good match, especially if you consider how many progressive bands had tried it before, but for some...
  50. Thread: Elephant9

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    I haven't been aware they have two new live CDs...

    I haven't been aware they have two new live CDs up for sale, but... it took me only a few seconds to go to the RG site and order them immediately! :up
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    Mastering-wise they generally seem to be doing an...

    Mastering-wise they generally seem to be doing an excellent job. Wishbone Ash box has been widely praised sound quality-wise and Family's At the BBC set I purchased has a spectacular remastering,...
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    I'd be interested to pick a couple of live sets...

    I'd be interested to pick a couple of live sets from Wishbone Ash' early years, but not at the full box price tag. I'd rather wait for their complete BBC boxset, which is rumoured to be in the...
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    I am not keen on Madfish' strategy of bundling a...

    I am not keen on Madfish' strategy of bundling a few rarities with all commonly available material in a big box. I passed on their Wishbone Ash, Steve Hillage and Streetwalkers boxsets, because I am...
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    Good stuff. Live Jazz Lounge has a few more of...

    Good stuff. Live Jazz Lounge has a few more of his 70s bootlegs for download:

    http://livejazzlounge.com/tag/eberhard-weber/

    Unfortunately it's all lossy, but maybe one day someone will reach...
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    I have always skipped their TfTO tour, because I...

    I have always skipped their TfTO tour, because I assumed it'd be a snoozefest like the studio album, but now listening to this MSG '74 set I can hear the band were already getting ready for Relayer....
  56. Choosing between The Airplane and the QMS is like...

    Choosing between The Airplane and the QMS is like forcing oneself to choose between one's mother and father... However if faced such a dilemma, I'd go for the Youngbloods instead; now that was the...
  57. For CD aficionados - it's this release: ...

    For CD aficionados - it's this release:
    ...
  58. I am still a big "rock" fan, however out of...

    I am still a big "rock" fan, however out of almost 60 recordings acquired from this decade only some 15 may be classified as "rock" (and that includes the performers like BjŲrk or Bill Orkut). And...
  59. Well, in my twenties and thirties that perception...

    Well, in my twenties and thirties that perception of infiniteness made me indulge in many other forms of entertainment, but these days I may be only worried that I invest too little time in listening...
  60. Internet has not changed my listening habits, it...

    Internet has not changed my listening habits, it only opened new avenues of discovering and purchasing music on CD. Before (say, up to 15 years ago) I would pick a copy of music mag to scan reviews...
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