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Thrak On A Plate
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sat., Feb 18, 2012

My thanks to Adam Aronson for sending me this picture of his recently acquired personalised number plate.



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Fripp On Bowie
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sun., May 26, 2013
BBC2's David Bowie - Five Years documentary, containing contributions from Robert Fripp, is available on the BBC iPlayer until June 1st


Fripp On The Box
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sat., May 25, 2013
Robert Fripp is one of the contributors to David Bowie - Five Years screening at 9.20 p.m. on BBC2 tonight.



Digital Spy lists Robert Fripp as one of the reasons as to why David Bowie - Five Years is a must-watch show. "Of all the guys and girls we hear from, The Elephant Man director Jack Hofsiss and Carlos Alomar ("This was the whitest man I'd ever seen!") certainly deserve special mention, but the complete standout is King Crimson's Robert Fripp. There's nothing quite like a guitar legend who looks (and sounds) like a retired bank manager, calmly swearing as he recalls Bowie and Brian Eno asking him to play some "hairy rock 'n' roll" on "Heroes". "What is the difference between pop and rock and roll?" Fripp says gently. "You might get f**ked." Blimey!" You can read the other reasons to watch the show here. 

Marquee Memories
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sat., May 25, 2013
BBC 4 screened a vintage episode of Jazz 625 - a TV show which Bill Bruford recalls being an avid viewer of in his youth. The episode features Acker Bilk and His Paramount Jazz Band and was recorded in the Marquee Club.

Bilk, who had a monumental hit with the lugubrious ballad Stranger On The Shore on both sides of the Atlantic in 1961, has a couple of connections to the world of Crimson.

A young Robert Fripp was swept up in the trad jazz phenomena that was all the rage in Britain during the late 50s and early 60s,  queuing up to see bands led by Monty Sunshine, Chris Barber and Acker Bilk. The trad jazz craze was covered in an hour-long documentary also on BBC 4 last night and includes more footage of Bilk in action.

The trad jazz scene also led Ian Wallace to an epiphany. He’d been happy enough picking out tunes while listening to the radio on a guitar his mother had bought for him. However, it was not until he went to a performance of Acker Bilk and His Paramount Jazz Band at Bury’s Royal Cinema that his true musical interests were revealed.  As he stood queuing for an ice cream near the front of the stage, Wallace looked up and saw the stage lights reflecting of the coloured shells of the drums. Looking at the kit, he underwent an almost religious experience. "The heavens opened up with a choir of angels and something said ’That’s what you’re supposed to do.’"

For those folks who’ve only ever seen photographs of the legendary club (such as this one)...



...the Jazz 625 show with Acker Bilk gives you a much better sense of the room which helped Crimson come to prominence.

The Marquee Club in Wardour Street, London played host to a memorable residency by Crimson and on this very date 44 years ago they were sharing the bill with John Surman’s Octet as part of the club’s New Paths initiative which sought to find a common ground between rock and jazz.



The band had first played at the club on May 16th (Fripp’s 23rd birthday) where they were supporting US visitor’s Steppenwolf. After witnessing KC do their thing, Steppenwolf vocalist John Kay was heard to have memorably quipped "Follow that. They sound like a bleeding orchestra."






P2 Power Trio
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sat., May 25, 2013
Here's an interview with all three members of ProjeKct Two in 1998 conducted by Wheat Williams and originally published in Guitar Player that year. 


Chrysta Bell & Mastelotto In The UK
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., May 23, 2013
Pat Mastelotto is on tour in the UK this week with Chrysta Bell. Check out the dates in Manchester, Leicester, Bath and Ireland here


Keeling's Condensed KC
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., May 23, 2013
Andrew Keeling has a new book of musical analysis due out for June 1st. The Concise Musical Guide to King Crimson and Robert Fripp (1969 - 1984) is available from Burning Shed and direct from the publisher Spaceward where you can also nab it as an ebook.


Crimson ProjeKct Live In Tokyo
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., May 22, 2013
Following on from their official bootleg release, you can grab a new album taken from the Crimson ProjeKct's Japanese jaunt in March right here. 


The TransKcription Of Light
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., May 21, 2013
Ever wanted to see what the track The ConstruKction Of Light transcribed with all the parts written out and then put into a midi file? Gabriel Lucas Gitin Riccio did and set about spending time doing just that.

Trey Gunn linked to the video on his Facebook page commenting "King Crimson's "The ConstruKction of Light" fully transcribed (ALL parts) and re-realized via midi. Unfortunate choices for the drum sounds, and I haven't checked all the notes, but my immediate impression is: "Holy crap! This person really put in the work on this one."

He even has all the double-stops in my right hand part. That is not easy to hear from the recording. And, even I had to put in a ton of work to get my hands back into it for each subsequent tour."

You can see the whole thing here.


And The Winner Is...
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., May 21, 2013
Congratulations to Syd Blair of Belfast. He was able to tell me that Tim Bowness's regular musical partner in No-Man is Steven Wilson. For that display of in-depth musical knowledge he wins himself a copy of the latest Henry Fool album, Men Singing. Stay tuned for another splendid giveaway later this week. 


Lost In The Middle
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., May 21, 2013
My thanks to emmapeelfanclub for this article on labels and why they sometimes won't release an artist's music. 


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