Allan Holdsworth, RIP

Guitarist Allan Holdsworth passed away on April 16th, 2017, the news from a post by one of his daughters on Facebook. Uniquely talented, I would steer anyone to Gong's Gazeuse! album for a prime example of his guitar technique. When I was a teenager, I went to my local record shop (Spec's Music) and asked if they had Holdsworth's Velvet Darkness album, or if they could order it for me. The manager said to me, "He's pretty good guitarist, how do you know about him?" I replied that I had a Soft Machine and Gong album that he played on.



Self proclaimed "International POPular Group", Area were Italy's finest fusion band, featuring the unique vocals talents of Demetrio Stratos.

Founded: 1972

Location: Milan, Italy


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Hailing from Baden Baden, Brainstorm featured the talents of future Guru Guru man Roland Schaeffer.

Founded: 1970

Location: Baden Baden, Germany

Brand X

While notorious for having Phil Collins in its ranks, Brand X rates as one of England's premiere jazz-fusion groups, hosting some of the countries' finest musicians in its ranks.

Founded: 1975

Location: London, England

Website: Buckyball Records Brand X

Brand X reforms

Original members John Goodsall, Percy Jones and Kenwood Dennard have reformed Brand X and a tour this Fall is in the making. See you in Chicago!


Bruce, Jack

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One of the original English progressive artists, Jack Bruce's voice and bass came to prominence as a member of Cream.

Founded: 1943

Location: Bishopbriggs, Lanarkshire, Scotland

Website: Welcome to Jack Bruce.com


Led by its namesake, Bill Bruford of course, the band was his post-U.K. fusion outfit.

Founded: 1976

Location: London, England

Website: Bill Bruford


Founded by Keith Tippet, Centipede were a large ensemble, purpose built for success!

Founded: 1970

Location: London, England

Christian Buchard, RIP

Sadly, Christian Buchard, the founder of the German jazz-rock-world collective Embryo passed away. My condolences to his family and in particular his daughter Marja, I hope she continues the torch!
"Der Multiinstrumentalist und Gründer der Weltmusik- und Krautrockband Embryo ist am 17. Januar 2018 im Alter von 71 Jahren verstorben. Christian erlitt vor etwa zwei Jahren einen Schlaganfall und konnte nicht mehr auftreten. Seitdem hat seine Tochter Marja die Bandleitung übernommen. Im Jahr 2008 erhielt Embryo (gegründet 1969) den Deutschen Weltmusikpreis 'Ruth'.
R.I.P Christian"

Colosseum II

Latter-day outfit from Jon Hiseman, known for good musicians and unspectacular music.

Founded: 1975

Location: London, England

Website: Welcome to Temple-Music