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 & Giles‘ pre–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. Hard copies of Progress are well over $100 at Amazon (HERE).
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