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    The Violin in Progressive Rock

    Next to the Cello, Violin is one of my favourite instruments in progressive rock. The violin is often achingly beautiful and blends so nicely with the other instruments. There are countless examples, but bands like PFM, Curved Air, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Le Orme and KBB scratch the itch. What bands do you like that figure the violin prominently?
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    Zappa: Thirteen, Fifty Fifty, Farther Oblivion, Little House, etc...

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    Quote Originally Posted by StarThrower View Post
    Zappa: Thirteen, Fifty Fifty, Farther Oblivion, Little House, etc...
    I agree that Jean Luc Ponty makes an important contribution.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mozo-pg View Post
    I agree that Jean Luc Ponty makes an important contribution.
    Along with Sugarcane Harris, and L Shankar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mozo-pg View Post
    Next to the Cello, Violin is one of my favourite instruments in progressive rock. The violin is often achingly beautiful and blends so nicely with the other instruments. There are countless examples, but bands like PFM, Curved Air, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Le Orme and KBB scratch the itch. What bands do you like that figure the violin prominently?
    You might like (from Curved Air) Darryl Way's Wolf. Mostly instrumental. "Saturation Point" is probably my fave of the trio of albums. Esoteric re-issued these about 10 years ago. Stay well my friend!!

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    In addition to those already named: Providence (one-shot band on Threshold label), It's a Beautiful Day (sort of prog), Resistor, String Driven Thing, Family, Van der Graaf (for an album or two with String Driven Thing's violinist)
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    I'm sure someone here will think it's not cool to suggest because I was in the band, but Eccentric Orbit - Creation of the Humanoids has The Mighty Tom spraying violin all over the damn place.

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    If you like KBB, also try ptf, a more recent band in a similar vein.
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    Forgas, Aranis , Bent Knee, and Sleepytime Gorilla Museum are the ones that jump immediately to mind.
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    Magma - Didier Lockwood ! He is prominent on the few albums where he is present.
    Gentle Giant - the violin is important to the sound on many tracks, and some good solos here and there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lino View Post
    You might like (from Curved Air) Darryl Way's Wolf. Mostly instrumental. "Saturation Point" is probably my fave of the trio of albums. Esoteric re-issued these about 10 years ago. Stay well my friend!!
    Thanks Lino, heard of Wolf but will have to check it out.

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    If you like KBB, also try ptf, a more recent band in a similar vein.
    I'll definitely follow-up on that.
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    A vastly underrated album, "Present Time" by violinist Michael Zentner, is worth getting.

    Fusion, Gong, and some avant-prog influences.

    Fred Frith, Carla Bley, Kenwood Dennard, John Greaves, Hansford Rowe, Percy Jones, and a few others all take part on this.


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    On the fusion side of things, Polish violinist, Michael Urbaniak has plenty of great releases.

    "Fusion" and "Fusion III" are worth getting for sure.



    Also, his ex-wife, jazz singer, Urszula Dudziak, has some really good albums with Urbaniak on violin.

    "Future Talk" is a killer.

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    German prog band, Hoelderlin, has some very nice viola.

    Not quite as virtuosic as some others mentioned so far, but quite tasty and moody.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lopez View Post
    Resistor
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    I'll second both of these, and add Discipline! Speaking of Resistor, Steve Unruh's solo albums also feature lots of his violin playing.
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    Two of the most impressive violin solos I know

    The whole track is great


    The violin solo at 3.02 is fabulous, the track is ahem...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rick L. View Post
    I'm sure someone here will think it's not cool to suggest because I was in the band, but Eccentric Orbit - Creation of the Humanoids has The Mighty Tom spraying violin all over the damn place.
    Wicked inappropriate, dude. You should be banned! Just kidding, always a good thing to sing Tom's praises even if we were both in the band. He made that second album special, both instrumentally and with his composition skills! I think fans of violin in Prog would love this record.

    KBB has come up, but I think Tsuboy is even better on Pochakaite Malko's second album, Laya, and their Doppelganger EP. Another good Japanese band with violin is Stella Lee Jones.

    I've been enjoying a band from Quebec called Les Evades that have both violin and cello which are prominently featured. Really nice stuff, they have two albums out, one new this year! (https://lesevades.bandcamp.com/)

    And from Italy, recommend Macroscream who feature violin. I obviously also second the DeM recommendation.

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    High Tide; did two albums for Liberty, both are excellent. Although their violinist Simon House later went on to greater fame in Hawkwind and David Bowie's live band.

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    Azoth from Japan makes great progressive rock with jazz-rock/U.K.-influences. Their sole CD (they made some cassettes) The Awkward's Age End has some fine violin-playing by Junko Minobe.
    https://www.discogs.com/Azoth-The-Aw...elease/9647348

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