While never achieving the commercial heights of progressive rock contemporaries such as Jethro Tull, Genesis, Yes or Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Gentle Giant was considered to be one of the most experimental bands in the genre (as well as one of the most experimental rock bands of the 1970s). Gentle Giant's music was considered complex even by progressive rock standards, drawing on a broad swathe of music including folk, soul, jazz, and classical music. Unlike many of their progressive rock contemporaries, their "classical" influences ranged beyond the Romantic and incorporated mediaeval, baroque, and modernist chamber music elements. The band also had a taste for broad themes for their lyrics, drawing inspiration not only from personal events but from philosophy and the works of both François Rabelais and R. D.
Laing. Band members: Members of classic lineup listed in bold. Derek Shulman - lead vocals, saxophone, recorder, keyboards, bass, drums, percussion, "Shulberry" (3-string custom electric ukulele) (1970-1980) Ray Shulman - bass, trumpet, violin, vocals, viola, drums, percussion, recorder, guitar (1970-1980) Kerry Minnear - keyboards, lead vocals (on recordings only), cello, vibraphone, xylophone, recorder, guitar, bass, drums (1970-1980) Gary Green - guitar, mandolin, vocals, recorder, bass, drums, xylophone (1970-1980) John Weathers - drums, percussion, vibraphone, xylophone, vocals, guitar (1972-1980) Phil Shulman - lead vocals, saxophone, trumpet, clarinet, recorder, percussion (1970–72) Martin Smith - drums, percussion (1970–1971) Malcolm Mortimore - drums, percussion (1971–1972) Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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