MICHAEL GILES Progress, Circa 1978 (2002) – Brilliant Jazz/Prog Drummer For (You Know Who)

Progress, Circa 1978 (2002)
The Spiritual Sequel To McDonald & Giles

If, like me, you waited in vain for a follow-up to Ian McDonald & Michael Giles’ excellent (and only) 1971 LP, McDonald & Giles, you may find solace in these lost recordings from drummer Michael Giles. After his stint in Giles, Giles & Fripp, and his career-defining drum work on 1969’s In The Court Of The Crimson King (followed by the aforementioned McDonald & Giles), Michael left the touring life for session work, finishing these tapes in his spare time. Perhaps because of the UK’s reign of punk, also circa 1978, Progress didn’t see the light of day until 2002. While Progress offers a jazzier skew to Giles’ previous work, there is still plenty of that slightly psychedelic, wispy melodic airiness that was used so effectively within McDonald & Gilespre-prog framework. The Canterbury-style pop, which defined The Cheerful Insanity of Giles, Giles & Fripp is given a more mature setting here, while the prog interplay that dominated Crimson’s debut surfaces throughout. Bassist/brother Peter is also on board. For faith-keepers, Progress is a rewarding addendum to Michael Giles’ always stylish – but typically under-the-radar – instrumental and compositional work. Find the outstanding McDonald & Giles HERE (in Readers Links – Aug. 30, 2013). Hard copies of Progress are well over $100 at Amazon (HERE).

Sunrise (0:56)
Departure (3:14)
Rolling (3:48)
Daydream (1:01)
Moving (4:14)
Midsummer Day (6:01)
Progress (6:03)
Sunset (3:47)
Shunter (2:44)
Rocking (2:11)
Nightdream (2:08)
Arrival (6:09)

12 Comments

  • 1
    boboquisp
    March 30, 2009 - 23:08 | Permalink

    Thanks for posting. A great drummer, can't wait too hear it all. bbq

  • 2
    Anonymous
    October 5, 2009 - 18:53 | Permalink

    Thanks – never come across this before…

  • 3
    Capt. Willard
    November 12, 2009 - 19:18 | Permalink

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  • 4
    Anonymous
    May 1, 2010 - 23:37 | Permalink

    thanks.

  • 5
    Anonymous
    February 11, 2011 - 03:12 | Permalink

    What a great find. I have all his other albums but I was totally unaware of this one. Thankyou very much for posting it. cheers…JeffH

  • 6
    HD
    July 13, 2011 - 23:56 | Permalink

    You’re a gentleman, and a scholar, sir. And Mr. Giles? A fookin’ amazing percussionist!

  • 7
    Rob
    October 13, 2011 - 18:09 | Permalink

    Hiya Willard,
    I’m quite amused to see how you avoid all mention of himself, you know who I mean. Is he actively trawling the internet looking for people who mention his name? Or do you jest?

    • 8
      Willard
      October 13, 2011 - 19:56 | Permalink

      They don’t like downloads. A few of us have learned the hard way.

  • 9
    zappahead
    July 15, 2013 - 10:19 | Permalink

    Definatley the heartbeat of early King Crimson…nice to hear the excellence of his drumming and musicianship…..very much appreciated…cheers.

  • 10
    Terry
    August 18, 2014 - 14:23 | Permalink

    Thanks Willard – I wasn’t aware this even existed. Should be interesting.

  • 11
    August 20, 2014 - 12:20 | Permalink

    Remarkable! Thanks Willard.

  • 12
    RobJam
    August 20, 2014 - 21:23 | Permalink

    Thank you Willard, very much looking forward to hearing this.

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