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Nick D' Virgilio - Karma
Review by Gary Hill
Nick D' Virgilio, the drummer best known for his work with Spock's Beard, but he also served as the drummer on part of Genesis' single post Phil Collins disc.
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D'arcana - As Worlds They Rise and Fall
Review by Gary Hill
California band D' Arcana seem to be stuck in the past - the 1970's to be more specific. In the case of a prog rock band, that's a great thing.

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Dada - Dada
Review by Gary Hill
This is a reissue of an album released on ATCO records in 1970. I’m amazed I’ve never heard of this band before.

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Daemonia - Zombi - Dawn of the Death
Review by Gary Hill
Based on the band name and title of the disc, one might think this is an extreme metal band. It couldn’t be further from the truth, though.

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Dangerous Odds - The Best of Dangerous Odds, Vol. 2
Review by Vivian Lee
Dangerous Odds are Al Jewer (flute, woodwind synthesizer, sax, bass), Art Durkee (Chapman stick), Tom Hamer (drums), Diedre Buckley (viola), Ron Ellis (poet), Larry Giles (poetry, voice). Guests include Biff Blumfumgangne, and Ross Nielsen with Heather Figi, Kristina Hord, Blain Kennedy, Rick Murphy listed as special guests.
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Dark Chocolate - The Best of Dark Chocolate
Review by Gary Hill
I don’t know for sure where this group fits musically.

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Dark Model - Dark Model
Review by Gary Hill
This disc really surprised me. It’s not exactly my kind of music.

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Alan Davey - Bedouin
Review by Bruce Stringer
For those unaware, Bedouin is Alan Davey's outlet for material that is otherwise unsuited to Hawkwind, yet - ironically, is very Hawkwind-like. The songs are very bass driven and tend toward the Middle-Eastern influence that Hawkwind were known for with songs like Assassins of Allah (re-invented when Alan joined Hawkwind in the mid-80's).
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Alan Davey - Al Chemicals Lysergic Orchestra Volume 2
Review by Gary Hill
This new set from Alan Davey is supposed to focus on the trippy side of music.

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Days Between Stations - In Extremis
Review by Gary Hill
Here is quite an intriguing album from Days Between Stations.

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Dazed Marrow - Gaeseki Dream Machine
Review by Gary Hill
This is definitely progressive music. It's also definitely not "rock" music.

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Dead Guitars - Shelter (vinyl)
Review by Gary Hill
I’ve included this new vinyl release under progressive rock.

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Elton Dean Mark Hewins - Bar Torque
Review by Josh Turner
The album is a live rendition with an excellent production and two talented musicians. Much in the vein of John Coltrane jazz by way of Elton's sax along with a flair of Canterbury.
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[debut] - Postcards from Berlin
Review by Gary Hill
This is not your father’s progressive rock. It’s closely related to things like Kraftwerk, but also to RPWL and Porcupine Tree.

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December People - Sounds Like Christmas
Review by Gary Hill
To get you in the spirit of the holiday, The December People have released a fresh collection of progressive rock takes on Christmas music. Feeling out of sorts for not knowing who the December People are?
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Deep Purple - Now What?!
Review by Gary Hill
I definitely would not put every Deep Purple album in progressive rock. This one, though, certainly qualifies.

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Deep Purple - Now What?! (Special Edition CD+DVD)
Review by Larry Toering
To make it back after seven years culminating into eight for a studio album at this stage in the Deep Purple legacy was a big risk, but one I find to be smaller than the last time the name went eight years in existence without an album, which was 1976 to 1984.

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Deep Purple - Infinite
Review by Larry Toering
Deep Purple and producer Bob Ezrin return with what could be (and most believe will be) their swan song offering.

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Deep Space Destructors - Psychedelogy
Review by Gary Hill
Sometimes space rock sacrifices the rock part of the equation for the space. That's definitely not the case here.

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Delivery - Fools Meeting
Review by G. W. Hill
Featuring members of such bands as Camel, Gong and Soft Machine in musical performances that predate those bands, this disc shows the talent of a very early progressive rock band. Delivery was rooted as heavily in the hippie psychedelia as they were in what was to become prog, but they certainly showed plenty of prog muscle.
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Delusion Squared - The Final Delusion
Review by Gary Hill
This is quite a strong release. The blend of sounds that Delusion Squared creates is familiar, but they way they combine things is unique.

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Delusion Squared - Anthropocene
Review by Gary Hill

This progressive rock outfit consistently produces strong albums. Their sound is more on the AOR mainstream prog end of the spectrum.


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Joe Deninzon - Adventures in the Stratospheerius
Review by Gary Hill
Released under the name of Joe Deninzon, this album is by the same group who also record under the band name Stratospheerius. That group is composed of Deninzon, Scott Chasolen, Grisha Alexiev, Rufus Philpot, DJ Big Wiz, and guitarist Alex Skolnick (Attention Deficit, Testament).
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Joe Deninzon - Live Wires
Review by Gary Hill
Violinist Deninzon and his band create a unique form of fusion laden progressive rock. As with most jazz oriented music, one can truly only really experience it when it is performed live, and as this disc shows, the band are really hot in that venue.
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Joe Deninzon - Joe Deninzon and Stratospheerius - Guilty of Innocence
Review by Gary Hill

Joe Deninzon's music is always both entertaining and creative. I have to say that this might very well be the best Stratospheerius album.


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Deus Ex Machina - Devoto
Review by Gary Hill
This group is an Italian prog band. That is significant because Italian prog is a sub-genre all its own.

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A Devil's Din - One Hallucination Under God
Review by Gary Hill

I have gone back and forth on whether to land this under progressive rock or not.


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The Devine Xperience - The Devine Xperience
Review by Gary Hill
Is this progressive rock? Well, it’s sure not rock. But, if something like Kraftwerk fits under progressive rock, then so does this.

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DFA - Work In Progress Live
Review by Steve Alspach
One of the criticisms of fusion jazz was that it was little more than a forum for players to show off their ability to play 256th notes as fast as possible.
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Dwiki Dharmawan - So Far So Close
Review by Gary Hill
Dwiki Dhamawan is joined here by Jimmy Haslip, Chad Wackerman, Dewa Budjana, Tohpati and Jerry Goodman.

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Dwiki Dharmawan - Pasar Klewer
Review by Gary Hill
I have landed this under prog rock, but it's definitely more fusion oriented.

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Dwiki Dharmawan - Rumah Batu
Review by Gary Hill

You just can't go wrong with Dwiki Dharmawan. His brand of fusion merged with world music is always effective.


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Dialeto - Bartok in Rock
Review by Gary Hill
As you might guess from the album title, all of the music here was written by the composer Béla Bartok. These are rock interpretations of the pieces, though.

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Dialeto - Live with David Cross
Review by Gary Hill

This new live album is pretty awesome. Dialeto plays with guest violinist David Cross.


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Justin DiFebbo - Turn Out the Light, Turn on the Stereo
Review by Gary Hill
This is really a masterpiece. The mix of sounds here is classic and modern. 

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Justin DiFebbo - Skin and Bones
Review by Gary Hill
There are a lot of Pink Floyd elements here. That’s not to say the whole disc resembles Pink Floyd, though.

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diNMachine - Dance to Reason
Review by Gary Hill
Apparently this act is considered some type of dance music.

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Direct Divide - Abduction (Digital Single)
Review by Gary Hill
I recently reviewed an album from this band and really liked them.

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Direct Divide - Own Your Ocean
Review by Gary Hill
This is not decidedly progressive rock in nature. It is, however, definitely progressive rock.

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Divinity Destroyed - Eden In Ashes
Review by Gary Hill
These guys are one of the few bands out there truly capable of bridging the gap between prog metal and prog. I would definitely put them into the neo-prog category, although there is plenty of reason to consider them metal, too.
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Dixie Dregs - What If
Review by Steve Alspach
What If was the second album by the Dixie Dregs, released in 1978. The band left Capricorn after one album and signed to Polydor (which may have been a good move - those who had never heard the band would not be blamed if they thought that this band from Miami, signed to Capricorn, would be another southern-fried boogie band).

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Djabe - and Steve Hackett - Life Is A Journey: The Sardinia Tapes
Review by Gary Hill

I previously reviewed an album with these two artists. On that one Hackett got the first billing.


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Djam Karet - Recollection Harvest
Review by Gary Hill
Djam Karet have worked hard to create their own unique brand of guitar dominated instrumental prog. They have been at it for twenty years now, and with their latest, Recollection Harvest, they are working to challenge themselves, their listeners and all preconceived notions about the band's sound.
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Djam Karet - Live at NEARfest 2001
Review by Gary Hill
Djam Karet's particular form of progressive rock is very guitar dominated, and is really about instrumentals that showcase atmospheric themes, soaring guitar patterns and intricate song structures.
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Djam Karet - Ascension
Review by Gary Hill
Djam Karet really is an intriguing band. The group have a way of producing material that is entertaining and catchy, while still spacey and even weird a lot of the time.
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Djam Karet - A Night For Baku
Review by Gary Hill
This is arguably the strongest album Djam Karet has ever done, and they are a band with a history of producing strong discs! The group doesn't wander far from its tried and true method of creating instrumental guitar dominated prog that is both atmospheric and dynamic.
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Djam Karet - Reflections From The Firepool
Review by G. W. Hill
Another Djam Karet CD being reissued on the Cuneiform label, this one is a great album, still firmly in the band's trademark style. Honestly, when you pick up a new album by this group, you pretty much know what you are getting. In this case, that is not a bad thing.
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Djam Karet - New Dark Age
Review by Gary Hill
The newest release from Djam Karet, this one continues their tradition of rather unusual guitar driven progressive rock instrumentals. It features some jams that are quite entertaining and interesting and would be a good introduction to band for first time listeners while still pleasing their longtime fans.
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Djam Karet - Live at Orion
Review by G. W. Hill
Combining elements of King Crimson, Rush, Zappa, Steve Vai and others as diverse as the Allman Brothers, this album is a very strong guitar dominated instrumental prog work. The disc does not come across as blind noodling, as some of this genre does.
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Djam Karet - Burning the Hard City
Review by G. W. Hill
Fans of guitar dominated instrumental prog rejoice. Burning the Hard City by Djam Karet has been reissued. This band pulls off progressive rock changes and metallic power all the while blending it with very listenable grooves.
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Djam Karet - Suspension and Displacement
Review by G. W. Hill
Pink Floyd is a big influence on this album, as are King Crimson and Hawkwind. The album was recorded at the same time as Burning the Hard City, but is much more sedate than that album.
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Djam Karet - The Ritual Continues
Review by Gary Hill
This album is an early release by Djam Karet, but still shows plenty of signs of the band that they are today. This group is one of the few who can create entire albums of instrumental music that are satisfying and feel complete.
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Djam Karet - The Trip
Review by Gary Hill
A few albums this time around have been mildly disappointing to me.

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Djam Karet - Regenerator 3017
Review by Gary Hill
The one thing you can always count on with Djam Karet is quality.

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Dr. Gonzo & The Cheesy Boys - The Witch
Review by Gary Hill

While this is not necessarily progressive rock in the classic sense, it definitely fits. It's an instrumental set with two epic (the shortest of which is almost 14 minutes long) pieces.


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Dr. Space - Alien Planet Trip Vol 2- Gloomy Horizon (vinyl)
Review by Gary Hill

I reviewed the first set in this series a while ago. I apparently made a mistake when I did that one and put it under OSC.


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Troy Donockley and Dave Bainbridge - from silence
Review by Gary Hill
This CD from Donockley (best known for his work with Clannad) and Bainbridge (Iona) is an intriguing and unusual one for several reasons. First, all the material is improvised and recorded in one take with no overdubs.
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Thom Douvan - All Over Again
Review by Gary Hill
I suppose it might make sense to land this under non-prog because it’s jazz.

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Downes Braide Association - Suburban Ghosts
Review by Gary Hill
This is the latest album from Downes Braide Association.

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Downes Braide Association - Skyscraper Souls
Review by Gary Hill

I have to admit that I was initially drawn to this act because of Geoff Downes. As a fan of Yes and The Buggles, I follow his work.


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Geoffrey Downes - New Dance Orchestra – Electronica
Review by Gary Hill
This is quite an intriguing set.

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Geoffrey Downes - and the New Dance Orchestra – The Light Program
Review by Gary Hill
This album was Geoffrey Downes first foray down the New Dance Orchestra trail.

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Kit Downes - Light from Old Stars
Review by Gary Hill
Some might consider this album to be full on jazz rather than fusion or progressive rock.

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Dr. Compressor - Doctor’s Orders
Review by Gary Hill
This set is intriguing. It has a lot of groove built into it. Space music, jazz and a lot more are part of the equation.

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Terry Draper - Stranded
Review by Gary Hill
Terry Draper is probably best known as part of Klaatu.

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Terry Draper - When the World Was Young
Review by Gary Hill
Fans of Klaatu will want to pick this up pronto.

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Terry Draper - Searching
Review by Gary Hill
It’s a safe bet that most people know of Terry Draper from his work with Klaatu. This album in many ways feels more like his old band than some of his other solo albums have.

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Terry Draper - Remarkable Women
Review by Gary Hill
We live in an interesting age. There are all kinds of possible media for releasing music.

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Terry Draper - Once Upon a Memory
Review by Gary Hill

I've been noticing a trend in music lately. When CDs were first released their was a movement to fill up every bit of their additional space.


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Dreadnaught - American Standard
Review by Gary Hill
So, you think that everything that can be done has been done in progressive rock? Well, prepare to drop that thought. Dreadnaught is here to prove that there is something new going on, and they prove it with style.
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Dreadnaught - Have a Drink with Dreadnaught
Review by Gary Hill
I reviewed an earlier disc by this outfit and liked it a lot.

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Dreadnaught - High Heat & Chin Music
Review by Gary Hill
This is a double disc retrospective from Dreadnaught.

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Dreadnaught - Gettin' Tight With Dreadnaught
Review by Gary Hill
I really like Dreadnaught.

              


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Dreadnaught - Hard Chargin'
Review by Gary Hill
Here's what I can tell you about this band. You can't go wrong with their music.

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Dream the Electric Sleep - Heretics
Review by Gary Hill
Already a contender for best album of 2014, this is a series of mini-suites with the first two songs grouped together and then the next and so on, until the last three that make the longest suite of the bunch.

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Dream Theater - Octavarium
Review by Steve Alspach
For years I tried. Honest, I tried.
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Dream Theater - Train of Thought
Review by Josh Turner
When I heard Dream Theater was releasing another album, this immediately piqued my interest. Dream Theater had been my gateway into the Progressive Metal genre.
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Dream Theater - Images And Words
Review by Gary Hill
Images and Words marked the debut of lead singer James LaBrie to the DT fold and his performance here showed him to be a powerhouse of talent. This disc is arguably the most metallic in the DT catalog, certainly fueling the prog versus metal debate in progressive rock circles.
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Dream Theater - Falling Into Infinity
Review by G. W. Hill
There are those who feel that Dream Theater is not a progressive rock band. However, this album contains many factors indigenous to progressive rock.
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Dream Theater - Once In A Livetime
Review by Sean Faust
For the past 9 years, progressive virtuosos Dream Theater (currently Mike Portnoy, John Petrucci, John Myung, James LaBrie and Derek Sherinian) have been blessing the music world with their highly textured (and sometimes ethereal) music and thought-provoking lyrics.
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Dream Theater - Scenes From A Memory
Review by Vivian Lee
Since 1985, the five-man outfit named Dream Theater has offered progressive rock fans thoughtful and emotional music that makes them marvel and ask, how do they do that? DT's brand of prog vividly shows eclectic, hard-to-place influences, which include jazz, neo-classical, and ethnic music forms.
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Dream Theater - Dream Theater
Review by Gary Hill
I discovered Dream Theater very early and became a big fan.

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Dream Theater - Black Clouds & Silver Linings
Review by Gary Hill
This is such a great album.

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Dream Theater - Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence
Review by Gary Hill
This isn’t a favorite Dream Theater album for me.

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The Dreaming Tree - Silverfade
Review by Gary Hill
This British outfit has released quite an intriguing album.

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Drop.Kick.Pop - Plastic Hallway
Review by Gary Hill
This might not land under progressive rock in the traditional usage of that term. However, this is very proggy stuff.

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Druckfarben - Second Sound
Review by Gary Hill
I’ve reviewed the first album from these guys.

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Dsfeco - Watch It Sparkle
Review by Gary Hill
Is this progressive rock? Well, surely it’s not progressive rock in terms of the old school prog.

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Dugo - Lingua Franca
Review by Gary Hill
This album could land in the territory of electronic music. It seems a bit too organic for that, though.

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George Duke - Shine On: Anthology - Epic Years 1977-1984
Review by Gary Hill
This double CD compilation has some great music built into it. It focuses more on the soul side of George Duke's solo career.

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Jon Durant - Parting Is
Review by Gary Hill

I see this listed as "new age music." I'm not sure that's even still a thing.


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Stephen Duros - Aeaea
Review by Gary Hill
This release is dramatic and unusual. It’s also very entertaining.

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DVR - California
Review by Gary Hill
This is an unusual album. The songs here don't always seem to mesh together all that well.


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Judy Dyble - Talking with Strangers
Review by Gary Hill
At first I wasn’t going to put this into the progressive rock heading.

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