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The Return of King Crimson
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Nov 19, 2007

Ending weeks of speculation in various online communities, Robert Fripp has revealed in his latest online diary that drummer Gavin Harrison (of Porcupine Tree) will be joining King Crimson.

The band will be playing a series of live dates in Chicago’s Park West – most recently the venue to RF and the LoCG appearance in the windy city.  Fripp notes “Park West is a fave venue, and one I have been working for 27 years. The LCG were here in 1989 & 1990…This is also the venue where, according to our current plans for King Crimson’s return to active-service in 2008, preparatory to the 40th. Anniversary Celebration of 2009, The Beast Of Crim will be playing a 4-night residency in August 2008 with KC’s third double-drumming formation.

The first formation: Jamie Muir & Bill Bruford (1972-73);
the second formation: Pat Mastelotto & Bill Bruford (1994-97);
the third formation: Pat Mastelotto & Gavin Harrison.

A fourth double-drumming formation, of 1981-84 (Adrian & Billy B), doesn’t quite count as Adrian’s primary focus was in the front line.”

Harrison is one of the most respected drummers of his generation, adding a prodigious technique to the work of Porcupine Tree as well collaborating with Jakko Jakszyk on The Bruised Romantic Glee Club, and most recently, Drop – an album with bassist and singer, 05Ric and also featuring contributions from Fripp. Some may recall Drop was featured as a DGMLive giveaway (see my review on the blog), perhaps hinting at Harrison's proposed involvement. Only DGMLive  regular, Chocolatefireguard, spotted the listing on King Crimson's myspace site: the top four musicians have been there for a couple of months now.

More details will be announced regarding  rehearsal schedules and ticket availability as soon as we get them.


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Frippertronics Revolution
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Apr 27, 2015
Robert Fripp's 1979 concert in Cleveland Ohio's  Record Revolution is now available to download. If you're a fan of this extraordinary sound then this concert is a must-have.



You can purchase the concert here.

This is also probably a good opportunity to point to this interesting piece on the world of live looping by German guitarist, Michael Peters.

Jumping The Grooveshark?
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Apr 27, 2015
Here's an update on the current situation facing Grooveshark, who you will recall were found by a judge last year to been involved in illegally uploading music for download to which they had no agreement with owners to do so.


Crimson!
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Apr 27, 2015
The London premiere of Crimson! with Gwilym Simcock and the Delta Saxophone Quartet will take place at St John's Smith Square - Friday 1 May 19.30. The programme details are as follows.

Dedicated to You
A set drawn from the Delta Saxophone Quartet's ground breaking album 'Dedicated to you' featuring the music of  Soft Machine.

Crimson!
New work for saxophone quartet & jazz piano by Gwilym Simcock

A Kind of Red (Gwilym Simcock)
Coda: Marine 475 (Belew, Bruford, Fripp, Gunn, Levin, Mastelotto from the album Vroom Vroom 1995/6)
The Night Watch (Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-Jones from the album The Night Watch 1973)
Dinosaur ( Belew, Bruford, Fripp, Gunn, Levin, Mastelotto from the album Thrak 1995)
Two Hands ( Adrian Belew, Margaret Belew, Bruford, Fripp, Levin from the album Beat 1982)
The Great Deceiver ( Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-Jones from the album The Great Deceiver: Live 1973-74)
Gwilym Simcock - piano
The Delta Saxophone Quartet
Graeme Blevins - soprano sax
Pete Whyman - alto sax
Tim Holmes - ten sax
Chris Caldwell - bari sax


21st Century Orchestra, Man...
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sun., Apr 26, 2015
King Crimson's 21st Century Schizoid Man has been worked over by an orchestra on a new album, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Plays Prog Rock Classics. Gavin Harrison added drums and Govan Guthrie, from Steven Wilson's band spanked the plank. You can listen to the results of this orchestral collaboration and find out more by clicking here.


Pat's New Project: KoMaRA
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sun., Apr 26, 2015
Pat Mastelotto has another new album currently percolating ahead of its release in a couple of months. KoMaRa is a new venture consisting of guitarist David Kollar, Mastelotto, and trumpeter Paolo Raineri. The trio played a series of dates together in 2014 and after scouring through the live tapes, an album is due out at the end of June. Check out the KoMaRa website for samples and this teaser video.


Keeling's Out Of The Blue(s)
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sun., Apr 26, 2015
Andrew Keeling’s work for soprano sax and piano, Out Of The Blue(s), is being performed at the CCA in Glasgow next Thursday, 30th April. For more details about the programme, check out the McKenzie Sawers video.


Down To A Tee
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Fri., Apr 24, 2015
There are a new range of official King Crimson T-shirts available.  Check out the range over at Burning Shed. 


Happy Birthday David Cross
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., Apr 23, 2015
Please raise a glass of something convivial in the direction of ex-King Crimson violinist and keyboard player, David Cross, who celebrates his birthday today.



David is holding a very special launch gig for his forthcoming album, Starless Starlight in London next month.



King Crimson on iTunes
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., Apr 23, 2015
There are now eight King Crimson albums available on iTunes.



Recent additions to the catalogue include In The Wake Of Poseidon, Lizard, Islands, and Starless And Bible Black.
All the albums come with bonus tracks, a  digital booklet and have been mastered specifically for the digital format. Check out the King Crimson iTunes store here. (link opens iTunes)







Trey's Rising Waters!
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Apr 21, 2015
We mentioned it a while back but check out Trey's blog about his newest release, The Waters, They Are Rising where he discusses the pricing of his music. You can support Trey and buy the album over on his bandcamp page.





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