Fruit Of The Fripperboard February 5, 2012
Written by happypig
This is the essence of Robert Fripp’s Guitar Work, for me, at least. The interlocking stuff, the complex-timed constructions, the Soundscapes, I wait (and sometimes suffer) through all of that to get the smidgen of this. Solos like the "Hammond Song", like "St. Elmo’s Fire"-A sui generis tone, playing melodies not based in the blues, but having just as much emotion. The few notes of "Heroes" says more than all the notes of all the shredders together. A reviewer once wrote "Withering" and I couldn’t agree more.
I often wanted to attend a Guitar Craft course, just for the chance to ask RF a "burning question" -"Why are you so parsimonious with these gems?" The Frippertronics shows of yore were rich with the melodic solos, but they really shine as part of a song. A fantasy of mine would put RF in a studio with Art Garfunkel or Aaron Neville, a piano trio (preferably Larry Goldings) and new songs by people who know better. Produced "audio verité" style. That guitar with those voices, in that setting. Traditional and cutting edge simultaneously. And I’ll bet that record would shift a few units as well.
But I digress...
I do not mean to dismiss the larger portion of RF’s work, but the "Gamelan Guitars" start to sound like The Hanon and Czerny exercises I had to endure as a student. The Soundscapes remind me of Tangerine Dream and Eno’s ambient stuff. The aleatoric-ish Crim tunes sometimes sound like they are dense and difficult for their own sake. I continue to buy Crim and Fripp-related music because I am assured that there will always be something that will interest me therein, and there is always a chance that there will be some sort of Fripp melodic moment contained.
2¢ deposited, Soapbox collapsed. And if anyone has Art or Aaron’s phone number, pass it over to RF-I have Larry’s...
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Posted by: harmonicscarf
i waited quite a while to get this one........and i have such immense and unwieldy feelings about it. on one hand, the ’sickness’ of the percussion is devastatingly grandiose and Read more
|excellent stuff Thu., Dec 22, 2011|
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|Super Starless Sax Mon., Dec 19, 2011|
Posted by: Radiolux
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|An interesting perspective Tue., Dec 13, 2011|
Posted by: WhiskeyVengeance
Sid is correct to draw comparisons to Garbarek and his ilk when describing this short-but-sweet download. It’s interesting how these notes and phrases, once isolated from their source material, almost begin to take on a life Read more
|Superb. Tue., Dec 13, 2011|
Posted by: microbunny
Should have been included on the 40th Anniversary Disc! Would love to hear it with the backing track also, but extremely beautiful on it’s own ...
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Posted by: pyroseed13
there is a mistake in the track listing. What is listed as "Walk Don’t Run" is actually "Pipeline."
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Posted by: peter29
The sonic quality of this recording is outstanding. It seems though that the time of the perfomance prevented music form further developing itself as the improvisations end quite suddenly. That didn’t spoiled their Read more
|I was there! Wed., Nov 2, 2011|
Posted by: jackeast
I was at this performance - still have my ticket stub! I also recorded part of this show on a microcassette player in my shirt pocket, but I was right up front and didn’t Read more
|Orpheum Bummer Thu., Oct 27, 2011|
Posted by: ekimdwod
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|Tango chords Wed., Oct 26, 2011|
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