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Music You Can Dance To In Your Head

The question “what is prog rock?” has followed the progressive rock genre since its inception, and it continues to rear its hoary old head on internet forums and in Facebook discussions. Nowadays there is a concurrent debate along the lines of “Is “prog” necessarily “progressive” or are the two becoming mutually exclusive?”
There be a good article in this, methinks. Originally I was going to pen said article and pepper it with quotes from a number of friends and musical contacts, but having garnered far more replies to The Questions than I was expecting, I thought I’d simply use them all, verbatim.
The Questions go something like this:

Whenever you see or hear the words "prog rock" or "progressive rock" what immediately springs to mind? Do you see it as a rarely achieved musical ideal, or an excuse for self-indulgence, or somewhere between the two? What does "progressive rock" mean to you? Is the "rock" word even necessary? Let's share our …

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T.R.A.M. - Lingua Franca

T.R.A.M. consist of members of The Mars Volta; for once not Oscar Rodriguez Lopez, but Adrian Terrazas-Gonzalez on saxophone, flute, bass clarinet and percussion, Javier Reyes and Tosin Abasi of Animals As Leaders on 8-string guitars, and Eric Moore of Suicidal Tendencies hitting the drums.

They have teamed up to make a heavy jazz prog record that is inventive and engaging and not retro in that it is not trying to sound like it was made in 1975, but still harks back to an imaginary meeting of Earthbound era King Crimson, Return To Forever and late era Soft Machine. The Lingua Franca here is the communication between heavy prog and jazz, and at only half an hour long it is more of an EP than an LP. Being so short the thing is as tight as a gnat's chuff and not a second is wasted in pointless indulgence; Adrian's main band please take note!

Storming into view with a chugging riff, squalling sax and a Latin-flavoured rhythm, Seven Ways Til Sunday changes tack to end on a light p…