RIP Jon Hiseman

From his early days with Graham Bond and John Mayall, Jon Hiseman went on to lead Colosseum and Tempest to the heights of jazz-rock. He later worked with his wife Barbara Thompson, and most recently reunited with Clem Clempson and Mark Clarke in JCM. My condolences to his family and friends.


Led by Dave Lawson, the reminants of Web were rechristened for one eponymous album, a classic of the era.

Founded: 1971

Location: England

Schmid, Wolfgang

Bassist best known for his work with Klaus Doldinger's Passport, and Head, Heart & Hands.

Founded: 1948

Location: Stuttgart, Germany

Website: Musician, Pop, Jazz, Music - Wolfgang Schmid

Secret Oyster

Burnin Red Ivanhoe, led by Karsten Vogel, was one of Denmark's finest rock groups. Secret Oyster enlisted guitarist Klaus Bohling and took a jazz-fusion direction.

Founded: 1972

Location: Copenhagen, Denmark

Website: karstenvogel.dk

Soft Machine, The

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One of two Canterbury bands formed from the Wilde Flowers, Soft Machine's earliest days were in the psychedelia of London's underground of the late 60s. By Third however the band matured into one of Britain's finest jazz-fusion bands. After Robert Wyatt's departure in 1971, the band ventured further and further into a jazz-idiom, gaining members from Ian Carr's Nucleus along the way. Archival material on Cuneiform is highly recommended.

Founded: 1966

Location: Canterbury, England

Website: SOFT MACHINE (Calyx site)


Sun Treader

Named after a Carl Ruggles work, Sun Treader featured Peter Robinson on keyboards and Morris Pert on drums.

Location: England

Tasavallan Presidentti

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Founded by guitarist Jukka Tolonen and drummer Vesa Aaltonen, and Frank Robson and Mans Groundstroem from Blues Section in 1969, their early albums bear some Colosseum, Traffic or Jethro Tull due to the strong English vocals of Robson, but the addition of vocalist Eero Raittinen in 1972 turned the band towards a more original direction, evidenced on the classic Lambertland. Their final album, Milky Way Moses, saw release in the US on Janus Records.

Founded: 1969

Location: Finland

Thirty-Three Essential Progressive Rock Albums

Everybody loves lists, myself included. What are my favorite progressive rock albums? Here they are, do you have them all?

Essential: 33 Progressive Rock Albums
1. The Nice – The Thoughts Of Emerlist DavJack (Immediate 1967)
2. Soft Machine – Volume Two (Probe 1969)
3. Colosseum – Those Who Are About To Die Salute You (Vertigo 1969)
4. Jethro Tull – Stand Up (Reprise 1969)
5. King Crimson – In The Court Of The Crimson King (An Observation By King Crimson) (EG 1969)
6. The Pretty Things – Parachute (Harvest 1970)
7. Caravan – In The Land of Grey And Pink (Deram 1971)

Tolonen, Jukka

Finnish guitarist and founder of Tasavallan Presidentti

Founded: 1952

Location: Helsinki, Finland

Tony Williams Lifetime, The New

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Tony Williams reformed his Lifetime in the mid-70s with a new lineup featuring Allan Holdsworth on guitar, Alan Pasqua on keyboards and Tony Newton on bass. Marlon Graves replaced Holdsworth for the second album.

Founded: 1975

Location: New York City, New York