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Mackay, Andy 1946 Andy Mackay's place in history is as the sax player for Roxy Music. United Kingdom
Magma 1969 Perhaps most idiosyncratic of all progressives, Christian Vander's Magma documented the other-worldly parables of the planet Kobaia. The early side project Univeria Zekt album The Unamables is great introduction, but... France
Mahavishnu Orchestra 1971 Founded by guitarist John McLaughlin after his stint with Tony Williams Lifetime, Mahavishnu were perhaps the most successful fusion band, both artistically and commercially. United States
Mainhorse 1968 Swiss-born Patrick Moraz and Jean Ristori formed the band with vocalist David "Kubie" Kubinec (ex World Of Oz) and Bryson Graham, as Integral Aim, and later Mainhorse Airlines. Yugoslav Kubinec departed in 1970, the... Switzerland
Malherbe, Didier 1942 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 Fran├žois "Faton"... France
Manfred Mann's Chapter Three 1969 Manfred Mann and Mike Hugg's jazz rock outfit pre-dated the Earth Band. United Kingdom
Manfred Mann's Earth Band 1971 South African-born Manfred Mann had a series of pop hits in the UK during the 60s. After a brief spell in the jazz-oriented Chapter Three (with Mike Hugg), Mann formed his progressive rock outfit, the Earth Band. United Kingdom
Manzanera, Phil 1951 Born Philip Targett-Adams, Phil Manzanera is best know for his role in Roxy Music. United Kingdom
Marillion (Fish era) 1979 Marillion are the best known and most commercially successful of the "neo-progressive" bands from the 1980s. Singer Fish fronted the band through their first four studio albums, although each member became well-known as... United Kingdom
Marillion (Hogarth era) 1989 After the departure of lead singer Fish, the band regrouped around new vocalist Steve Hogarth in 1989. After an album or two however, there's been no looking back: the band has gone on to create music far more original... United Kingdom
Maschera Di Cera, La 2002 Led by Fabio Zuffanti, La Maschera di Cera lead the new wave of Italian progressives. Italy
Mason, Nick 1944 Founding member of Pink Floyd United Kingdom
Matching Mole 1971 Wyatt's post-Soft Machine band United Kingdom
Maxophone 1973 Milan-based band had their eponymous album also released in the USA, with English lyrics. Italy
McDonald and Giles 1970 Founding members of King Crimson United Kingdom
Mezquita 1973 Spanish progressive rock band from the end of the 70's. Spain
Michael Moorcock's Deep Fix 1975 Namesake sci-fi author and Hawkwind collaborator joined with Simon King and ex-High Tide members for a one-off album. United Kingdom
Mona Lisa 1973 French symphonic band hailing from Orleans. France
Moody Blues, The 1966 The Moody Blues had rather humble R&B beginnings before discovering the Mellotron and making the switch to art rock. Although they became the first widely accepted progressive band, only their lyrics transcended... United Kingdom
Moraz Bruford 1983 Collaboration between two one-time Yes members. United Kingdom
Moraz, Patrick 1948 Best known for his ever-so-brief dalliance with Yes, Swiss-born Patrick Moraz spent the early 70s prog-rocking with Mainhorse, and then in London with ex-Nice members in Refugee. After an unceremonious boot from Yes in... Switzerland
Mother Gong 1978 Gilli Smyth, aka Shakti Yoni of Gong, launched Mother Gong to release her post-Daevid work. The mother of all things Gong, her collaborator in Mother Gong was Harry Williamson. United Kingdom
Museo Rosenbach 1972 Another band from the province of Liguria, Museo Rosenbach released one exemplary album of Italian prog before disbanding. Italy