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Thread: Would you consider Hendrix a Prog Musician?

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    Would you consider Hendrix a Prog Musician?

    Would you consider Jimi Hendrix a Prog Musician?
    I think maybe he was not 100 percent into prog Rock, but...
    He made a lot of contributions to the genre with all his music visions!!!

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    I think Hendrix can't be classified (maybe all great innovative musicians and bands can't be easily classified since their own style and personality... it's just my opinion). But i completely agree with you when you say He was able to influence the genre (I would say "the music") with his way of playing and his capability of mixing different music stiles and cultures.

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    Undoubtedly Prog Archives will eventually list him as Proto-Prog - not prog, but one of the acts that helped shape the genre.

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    I think that Hendrix is not a prog rock musician, but indeed he made a lot of progress for this music... and to every kind of rock music

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    I think what's interesting about Hendrix isn't wether or not he's to be labeled as progressive, but the fact that he's one of the few persons throughtout history who have managed to have a huge influence on pop-culture while essentially having a very avangarde way of thinking music. The only person that springs to my mind right now who have done the same is Frank Zappa, although he probably havn't had the same impact on a wide audience as Hendrix. Not in popular context anyway

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    Jimi Hendrix

    I will say that he was more of a legend than a prog musican. He layed the
    foundation for many of a heavy metal band or black musician who wanted
    to follow in his footsteps.
    Judy Tooley

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    Jimi is best remembered for his debut which consisted of short, tightly constructed songs that charted on the pop charts. There's no doubt he went more psychodelic and jazzier later in his career, but I wouldn't compare his music to other prog bands of that era such as King Crimson, Yes and ELP.

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    No, he was by no means prog. Jimi was a milestone for a guitar sound - that is, playing technique , how the gtr must sound, which place the gtr solo must take in the rock composition structure. You can think of him as of the very - very first HM-guitar player as well, and it would fit more than prog, on my opinion.
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    hi

    i really can't say i am not very good at defining and labeling
    hendrix was a pioneer and and influence for different kind of genres and sounds.
    i think the album that is the closest to prog is band of gypsys

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    Did he have any influence directly on prog structures beyond the influence he had on all rock music? That's the key question, and I think the answer is no.

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    well, progressive music is music that brings new elements of music to the world trhough new techniques and sounds, so I would label him as a progressive artist.

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    I saw Jimi Hendrix in Toronto. What sounded orchestral or symphonic with all his overdubs and effects in the recording studio are influential "song-writing" and stereo headphone musical visions. Mere plastic, however, compared to The Experience. He created and played onstage from the center of "The Axis; Bold as Love", a sonic phenomena you could begin to observe walking around the arena and in front of the stage. Please see "music reviews" for my as full a description as I can tell of his effect on an audience. "The Jimi Hendrix Experience: live onstage: Toronto.
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    does "prog" stand for progress or programmation? wink wink

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    I think he was a truly great innovator. It's rilly hard to compare him to Eddie or Vivian though. I just don't feel he stacks up to some of the elite ATG'S.

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    No, but he doubtless would've been if he lived longer and we had had Hendrix, Emerson, Lake, and Palmer.

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