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Horned Prog: Set 10: On the Jazz

by nielskunze on March 15, 2019

The Jaan Kuman Instrumental Ensemble, represented by the bald guy with the trumpet in the album collage, is one of those eastern bloc recordings that doesn’t have a bad minute on it. It’s just great jazz the whole way through. (…)

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Horned Prog: Set 9: On the Rocks

by nielskunze on March 13, 2019

This one leans to the rock side of prog… with a bit of orchestral fun to begin. The opening song by Renaissance reminds us that the human voice is the ultimate “horn”. Annie Haslam is simply superb! Hour 18 gets (…)

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Horned Prog: Set 8: Lunch in Chicago

by nielskunze on March 13, 2019

My list of songs had grown to more than 300. Each set would use no more than 30. The last set, “Quirky Jerky”, had given me an idea for better organization. I grouped the potential “Horned Prog” songs into 4 (…)

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Horned Prog: Set 7: Quirky Jerky

by nielskunze on March 13, 2019

It’s hard to precisely put my finger on what exactly makes a song “quirky” in my mind. Even though they’re musically sound, they’re hard to take seriously. As the Horned Prog endeavour progressed I seemed to amass a long list (…)

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Horned Prog: Set 6: Hot Coffee & Cold Fusion

by nielskunze on March 13, 2019

It was at this point that I learned that Quebec had a burgeoning prog scene during the seventies too. What’s odd is that I’m Canadian, and despite being a total prog head since my early teens, I had no idea (…)

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Horned Prog: Set 5: Pop Rocks & Other Unsavoury Snacks

by nielskunze on March 12, 2019

This one has been a Snickelfrizz favourite ever since it was first posted a few months ago. It’s poppy; it’s catchy. But first, it’s classy. In keeping with the piano intro tradition, this time I excerpted a true classic, Keith (…)

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Horned Prog: Set 4: Proven in the Groovin’

by nielskunze on March 12, 2019

At this point I need to mention the Germans. Germany during the seventies was a hotbed of progressive music. And it seems as though every other band had a sax player– if not a full-blown horn section (pun intended). Although (…)

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Horned Prog: Set 3: Zappa’d

by nielskunze on March 11, 2019

Though Frank’s was known to be lumpy, this gravy is groovy. Even though there are no Zappa songs played by Zappa anywhere in these mixes, I cannot listen to this Set without thinking of Frank… often. Also of note, “King (…)

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Horned Prog: Set 2: “Sometimes the Horns Are Implied,” said the Prog

by nielskunze on March 11, 2019

Defining a new genre is always risky business. “Push the limits early,” is my best strategy. It looks like the Horned Prog progect will come in upwards of thirty hours in total. That’s a big progect! And even at that (…)

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Horned Prog: Set 1: Breakfast in Prague

by nielskunze on March 11, 2019

The Horned Prog progect began with the purchase of the 1969 album Chicago Transit Authority. I had heard too many times how essential this album was to any rock music– or even prog rock– collection. Upon listening to the album (…)

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