okay first of all, cant believe no one mentioned ZAPPA .... and Pink Floyd yes, thats also surprising.
And only (some)one mentioned Spocks Beard...
im also (but with some kind of expectation
) suprised that there is some kind of dynamic here isnt it ... maybe just a bit but ....
second, here are the bands i need to check out
10cc (more of it), Magazine, Cardiacs, Stackridge, Guided by Voices, XTC (again)
one word to King Crimson, their 70 works surpass their new stuff, anyway, they are still in the TOP! Like Genesis! Like Zappa, like Pink Floyd, like Weather Report i mean 9 of X of my TOP artists are pre 80s. For Metheny i say hes fresh as THE WAY UP counts here.
its like Aristoteles or Rousseau and the top ten of philosophers
you also have to say that some of KCs new stuff (some songs and the arrangement of PtB or TCoL are awesome and up to date hi def prog, even surpasses 90% of all other prog stuff, like the tfk stuff (80%) ... also the Jakszyk collaborations are very good) is very very good! Unlike some other old bands mentioned....
so lets think .... .... ....
Genesis (just not from this world, best blend of rock, jazz, symphonic, fx/synth/electro...best melodys, best rhythms, best tones .... just the best . )
The Flower Kings/Karmakanic (some stuff! most eclectic stuff you can get!)
Frank Zappa (some stuff! amazing melodyy and rhythms in new and old forms .... just some of the most amazing stuff around)
King Crimson (still the best prediction of the 21st century ... still just a few are able to realize this fusion)
Pink Floyd (just like King Crimson, less symphonic and avant ... but much more epic and beautiful)
Weather Report (the most creative, lyrical and powewrful jazz i know)
Jade Warrior (this is like a dream, some of the most chilling, lyrical and symphonic prog and ambient there is)
John Barry (you dont understand? you just need the entire James Bond catalog by him)
The Beatles (you wont believe it but they wrote the most and some of the best love songs you will find ... my early love Nr1!)
CSN(Y) (some of the most sensitive and beautiful song material i know)
Pat Metheny (THE WAY UP - a miracle of jazz, symphonic .... some of the best fusion atm)
Thomas Newman (THE HORSEWHISPERER - still my fave OST)
Debussy (still my fave symphonic guy)
Mahavishnu Orchestra (still the most epic fusion you can get)
some actual top artists
Eyvind Kang (eclectic genius)
Jack O the Clock (very avant stuff, a lot of different styles, great melodys &&& .... some of the best i have to offer atm)
Hanne Hukkelberg (shes amazing, oh oh oh, shes amazing!)
Angela Tröndle (and shes amazing too, etremely lyrical jazz stuff shes able to do)
Mum (maybe the best fusion of analog and digital atm, but this is ready to be overcome)
Justin Vernon (hes just amazing and every band hes workin in does a wonderful job!)
Melody Gardot (maybe the "hottest" singer atm)
Annuals/SUNFOLD (may fave rock/indie band atm, tremendous OUTSTANDING BLEND OF ROCK N JAZZ)
Broken Social Scene (best indie band atm)
Zero 7 (this is something very special, a mix of pop, electro, soul, new wave and and and ... very popular stuff ... you could also say, besides AIR their are the kings of chill out)
The Stepkids (very fresh band, doing some mix of jazz, rock, soul, electro .... very curious how they will develop)
Build An Ark (some of the best jazz atm)
Yoko Kanno (amazing conducter in japan, doing lots of stuff for television, if you want to check her out, go get the COWBOY BEBOP OST)
but there are a lot of great new bands coming up these days .... the problem is of course, that just a few can survive longer then 1 - 3 albums and also develop their style .... you have of course great developments in the electronic section .... dont forget that
Eyvind Kang is one of the few guys i know who are able to fuse all of it .... but as i said, there are coming more n more very suprising acts!!!
Acts which are able to combine the retro stuff of the past 70s, the 80s synth and electro movement up to now and the new rhythm stuff you find also in jazz, dNb, indie etc and of course the symphonic stuff and and and .... like Plini for example but they are still very metal at times.
But just yesterday i listened to a very fine album .... forgot the name .... arrrrrrrr
will post later....
some more thoughts
i think its very very important to combine MELODY and COMPLEXITY. Besides or including whats fits you as subject n person the most.
So its really hard to say WHO does his job here very good.
Thomas Newman or John Barry for example did a lot of OSts and they produced massive melodys and their stuff is also pretty hard to compose i think.
Marillion are also pretty good here.... well some are .....
Some just need one album to get into the top ten, like Metheny for example. Joni Mitchell is also close with PAPRIKA PLAINS (2 Weather Report members on board).
Well well well .... this is a tricky statistic.
I just highly recommend VIRGINAL CO-ORDINATES by EYVIND KANG, awesome and highly progressive work!!! That means, if you dont listen to the whole, you dont get it.
But there is just a little rock structure in here (at the very far end), mostly symphonic, folk n ambient.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nnZaXLRlqFI