|McDonald & Shakespeare
|:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Feb 14, 2012
My thanks to Brian Thomson for sending me the news that Ian McDonald will be providing the music at an all-star benefit reading of Hamlet in New York this month.
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:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., Mar 31, 2016
A Kickstarter campaign has been launched to secure funding for a new Keith Tippett album.
Discus Music, an indie label based in the UK, is hoping to release Tippett’s recent composition for octet, The Nine Dances Of Patrick O’Gonogan.
One of the very best players and composers of his generation on British jazz scene, Tippett will be known to King Crimson fans for his work on In The Wake Of Poseidon, Lizard and Islands.
He was also the animating force by Centipede, a large scale jazz and rock orchestra. Produced by Robert Fripp, their 1971 album, Septober Energy, featured KC alumni including Ian McDonald and Boz, and players such as Mark Charig, Nick Evans and Harry Miller, who variously appeared on Lizard and Islands.
You can check out the Kickstarter for The Nine Dances Of Patrick O’Gonogan here.
Meanwhile, Keith Tippett’s latest solo album, Live In Piacenza, recorded in 2012, is now available from Dark Companion Records. Check it out here and you can also get my take on it over on the blog.
Mister Stormy's Annual Selection
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Mar 28, 2016
Mister Stormy has collected his favourite Monday selections from the last 12 months and put them all on a handy 2-disc download.
It’s an ideal opportunity to grab these often revelatory extracts, snippets and mash-ups and and enjoy them in fabbo FLAC quality. Download here.
And We're Back...
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Mar 28, 2016
We've been experiencing some server issues in the back end of the site. So, although the front of the site was up, the back end wasn't functioning properly making some actions - like news updates, etc - impossible. The bug has now been zapped and normal service resumed.
All About Live In Toronto
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Mar 22, 2016
John Kelman has been listening to King Crimson's Live In Toronto. Check it out here.
Mister Stormy's Monday Selection
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Mar 21, 2016
Alex "Stormy" Mundy has dusted off a real treat for his latest selection. It's Robert Fripp sketching out some ideas for what would eventually appear as Prince Rupert's Lament. To grab this lovely work-in-progress take, recorded near the end of the Lizard sessions, go here.
Stick Men Prog Noir 30 Date Tour
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sun., Mar 20, 2016
Stick Men, featuring Tony Levin, Pat Mastelotto and Markus Reuter, are embarking on a 30 date tour next month.
The dates for the tour are as follows:
APR 12, TUE - Woodstock, NY (Woodstock Music Lab)
APR 13, WED - New Hope, PA (Havana New Hope)
APR 14, THU - Dunellen, NJ (NJ Prog House, Roxy & Dukes)
APR 15, FRI - New York, NY (The Iridium) - 2 shows
APR 16, SAT - New York, NY (The Iridium) - 2 shows
APR 17, SUN - Norfolk, CT (The Infinity Hall)
APR 19, TUE - Piermont, NY (The Turning Point)
APR 20, WED - Pawling, NY (Daryl's House)
APR 21, THU - Northampton, MA (The Iron Horse)
APR 22, FRI - Natick, MA (Natick Center For Arts)
APR 23, SAT - Schenectady, NY (Van Dyck)
APR 24, SUN - Rochester, NY (Lovin' Cup)
APR 25. MON - Rochester, NY (Lovin' Cup)
APR 26, TUE - Syracuse, NY (The Lost Horizon)
APR 27, WED - Montreal, QC, Canada (Café Campus)
APR 28, THU - Quebec City, QC, Canada (Le Cercle)
APR 29, FRI - Ottawa, ON, Canada (Maverick's) NEW !
APR 30, SAT - Toronto, ON, Canada (The Mod Club)
MAY 1, SUN - Kitchener, ON, Canada (Dallas Night Club)
MAY 3, TUE - Auburn Hills, MI (Callahan's Music Hall)
MAY 4, WED - Chicago, IL (Reggie's)
MAY 5, THU - Chicago, IL (Reggie's)
MAY 6, FRI - Milwaukee, WI (Shank Hall)
MAY 7, SAT - Dubuque, IA (The Venue)
MAY 8, SUN - Minneapolis, MN (Fine Music Cafe)
MAY 10, TUE - Moline, IL (Rascals)
MAY 11, WED - St. Louis, MO (The Old Rock House)
MAY 13, FRI - Louisville, KY (Headliner)
MAY 14, SAT - Columbus, OH (Scarlet & Grey Caffe)
MAY 15, SUN - Cleveland, OH (Beachland Music Hall)
Elsewhere, Stick Men are also releasing Midori, a 2 CD set which also features ex-Crim, David Cross on violin and keyboards.
Previously only available as a download, the limited edition release will only be available either at the forthcoming gigs or via the group's bandcamp page.
KC Live In Toronto Goes Live
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., Mar 17, 2016
The first full concert release by this incarnation of King Crimson is released this week.
The 2-disc set captures the band in full-flight in a decisive performance. The show, already available for download, has prompted these reactions from site visitors.
"What an album! Couple of points - firstly it’s a brilliant live recording and mix, and also firstly it’s a brilliant performance. Everyone is brilliant, though it’s most noticeable that Mel Collins has now properly found his place in the many hot tunes that didn’t originally have a wind part."
"'Larks Tongues In Aspic, Part I' -- The highlight for me. Gave me chills on my first listen."
"This is a wonderful document of a band on fire - and they certainly were that night. For those underwhelmed by last year’s Orpheum release, this may well be the cure. For those simply waiting for a more complete Crim Mk.VIII experience, this is very much the real deal, presented virtually unaltered. It presents the band in all the breadth of its sweep, and finally does justice to the jaw-dropping triple-drummer frontline. The stereo mix is dynamic, clear, almost too good to be true for a live mix!"
"Many are still asking the question "Why three drummers?" I can say that I am not after hearing this. This band is smoking hot. At times, there are moments of sublime beauty, and at others, borderline cacophony, and everything in between that you’ve come to expect from King Crimson."
"This is a wonderful concert with the highs of Epitaph and Easy Money! It can´t be better!"
You can order it via Inner Knot (USA) and Burning Shed (UK & Europe).
King Crimson At Plumpton 1969
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Mar 14, 2016
King Crimson's appearance at the Plumpton Festival in 1969 is available to download today. Although this show has long been available as part of the Epitaph set released in 1997, there's been several calls for it to be added to the site, not least of all by site visitor, Harry Spade.
It's a great audience recording that captures the band on especially good form.
The Plumpton concert is available to download here.
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