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1 March 1942 |
|Genres||Jazz-fusion, progressive rock|
|Instruments||Drums, keyboards, vocals|
|Associated acts||King Crimson, Giles, Giles and Fripp, Leo Sayer, 21st Century Schizoid Band, Michael Giles MAD BAND|
Michael Giles (born Michael Rex Giles, 1 March 1942, Waterlooville, Hampshire) is an English drummer, best known as a co-founder of King Crimson in 1969. Prior to the formation of Crimson, he also co-founded the short-lived Giles, Giles & Fripp with his brother, Peter, and Robert Fripp the previous year.
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Giles' technique is complex and polyrhythmic, owing heavily to the jazz tradition, but grounding it in a rock context. Giles orchestrated much of the compositional structure of the first Crimson album In the Court of the Crimson King, and his ability to weave challenging yet seamless tempo changes and subtle melodic deviations into a piece is not only evident in the compositions, but also in his highly elaborate and skilled drumming.
Giles left King Crimson in December 1969, though he played as a session musician on the band's second album, In The Wake Of Poseidon. He joined Ian McDonald to record an album called McDonald and Giles, which was much lighter in style than King Crimson, but just as challenging musically. Giles then worked as a session musician for the duration of the 1970s, working with many popular artists including Leo Sayer, Steve Winwood, and Yvonne Elliman. A solo album, Progress, was recorded at his home studio in 1978, but wasn't released until 2003. He continues to work as a session musician; most recently he contributed to Ian McDonald's 1999 solo album Driver's Eyes.
In 2002, he co-founded the 21st Century Schizoid Band, a group composed mostly of former King Crimson members but that also included his son-in-law Jakko Jakszyk (ex-Level 42). However, after one tour, he tired of live work and passed the drum stool over to Ian Wallace, another former Crimson drummer, who died in February 2007.
- 1968 The Cheerful Insanity of Giles, Giles and Fripp (Giles, Giles and Fripp)
- 1968/2001 The Brondesbury Tapes (Giles, Giles and Fripp)
- 1969 In the Court of the Crimson King (King Crimson)
- 1970 In the Wake of Poseidon (King Crimson)
- 1970 McDonald and Giles (McDonald and Giles)
- 1972 Ragamuffins Fool (Jackson Heights)
- 1973 Silverbird (Leo Sayer)
- 1974 Just a Boy (Leo Sayer)
- 1974 The Confessions of Dr. Dream and Other Stories (Kevin Ayers)
- 1975 Another Year (Leo Sayer)
- 1978 Wise After the Event (Anthony Phillips)
- 1979 Sides (Anthony Phillips)
- 1978/2002 Progress (solo album)
- 1996 Ghost Dance (Giles, Muir, Cunningham)
- 1999 Driver's Eyes (Ian McDonald)
- 2002 Official Bootleg Volume One (21st Century Schizoid Band)
- 2002 Live in Japan -- Official Bootleg Volume Two (21st Century Schizoid Band)
- "Interview with Michael Giles by Aymeric Leroy - ETWiki". Elephant-talk.com. Retrieved 2011-10-15.