Halsall, Ollie

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From Timebox to Patto to Boxer, via the Rutles and Tempest, and on to Kevin Ayers, Ollie Halsall was one of England's most original guitar players.

Founded: 1949

Location: Southport, Merseyside, England

Website: Welcome to The Official Ollie Halsall Archive

Hansson & Karlsson

Organ/drum duo from Sweden, Hansson & Karlsson were early jazz-rock pioneers. Despite having Jimi Hendrix as fan and jam partner, recordings were near-impossible to find outside their native country. Hansson would later achieve international success as a solo artist.

Founded: 1966

Location: Stockholm, Sweden

Hattler, Hellmut

Bassist for Kraan, one of the world's finest.

Founded: 1952

Location: Ulm, Germany

Website: HATTLER

Heckstall-Smith, Dick

One of England's early jazz-rock luminaries, Dick Heckstall-Smith work included Blues Incorporated, Graham Bond Organisation, John Mayall's Bluesbreakers and Colosseum. Phew!

Founded: 1934

Location: Ludlow, England

Holdsworth, Allan

One of the progressive era's most recognizable guitarists, Allan Holdsworth has had a journeyman's career in the music world. During the 70s, he played for Igginbottom, Sunship, Nucleus, Tempest, Gong, The New Tony Williams Lifetime, Jean Luc Ponty, Soft Machine, U.K., and Bruford.

Founded: 1946

Location: Bradford, West Yorkshire, England

Website: The Real Allan Holdsworth


Hamburg band led by Jochen Petersen released one album of superb progressive rock.

Founded: 1971

Location: Hamburg


Gary Boyle's jazz-rock fusion band.

Founded: 1972

Location: London, England

Website: Gary Boyle On Myspace

Jethro Tull

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Led by Ian Anderson, Jethro Tull was the first group from the progressive era to score resounding chart success. Originally their music was based in rhythm and blues, but punctuated with Anderson's flute playing and larger-than-life stage persona. By Thick As A Brick, the band would provide the ultimate concept album: one song spread over both sides of the album, housed in a newspaper-facsimile record jacket. By the mid-70s, the bands work become more formulaic, but fan favorites were just around the corner, as the folk-roots of Songs For The Wood would attest.

Founded: 1967

Location: London, England

Website: Jethro Tull

John Etheridge interview on Jazzwise

From the UK Jazzwise website:
"AJ Dehany caught up with Soft Machine’s John Etheridge and spoke to him about his formative fretboard influences and approaches to guitar playing, as well as penetrating the complex chronology and politics of the ongoing Softs saga."

Malherbe, Didier

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Aka Bloom-Dido Bad-de-Grass, Didier Malherbe's post-Gong work included the vastly underrated fusion outfit Bloom, before continuing into the 80s on a world-fusion path, which included work with Zao's François "Faton" Cahen and in Hadouk, with Loy Ehrlich.

Founded: 1942

Location: Paris, France