Teatro Morelli Cosenza Italy
The beauty of a concert by the Robert Fripp String Quintet is the variety of material covered.[endtease] 60s surf tunes, Bach, Bop themes, eerie electronics as well as exquisite acoustic confections are all part of the feast. Since the mid-80s Fripp had been working sporadically with the League of Crafty Guitarists whose line-up included future Crimson member, Trey Gunn and all three members of the California Guitar Trio Paul Richards, Bert Lams and Hideyo Moriya.

The string quintet began working live just a few months before Fripp conceived the notion of a Double Trio version of King Crimson in 1992, Continuing to play much of the Crafty repertoire (owners of the CGT’s first two albums and the LoCG’s Intergalactic Boogie Express will be familiar with several of the tracks here), this slimmed-down line-up afforded a sharper focus to many of the pieces with the added contrast of Fripp and Gunn’s soundscaping.

Bert Lams' sublime Asturias is as spellbinding as ever, and Trey Gunn's flourishes on Chromatic Fantasy have a spiky, jarring edge to them, so much so that many people are convinced it's Fripp who is playing the piece. The first of the two Soundscapes include motifs later developed when Fripp and Gunn resumed playing with David Sylvian later in the year.

The only official document of the Robert Fripp String Quintet, The Bridge Between (1993) failed to convey the breadth of the material the group covered during a full set. Happily, this download rectifies that omission.

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TRACK
TIME
01
Yamanashi Blues*
01:50
02
An Easy Way
02:30
03
Passacaglia
07:04
04
Soundscape
10:44
05
Melrose Ave
02:24
06
Walk Don't Run
02:12
07
Asturias
03:00
08
Chromatic Fantasy
01:49
09
Ricercar
01:44
10
Eye Of The Needle
03:17
11
Bicycling To Afganistan
03:51
12
Blockhead
04:03
13
Hope
05:38
14
Threnody For Souls In Tourment
12:36
15
Tenor Madness
01:46
16
Kan Non Power
04:13

RFSQ19930312Cosenza

Written by Kade Graves
Only for a moment
It seems like for only a moment this outfit was around, but man, what a footprint they left behind!  Thank you DGM for sharing this!
Written by Andrew Bass
Wonderful Summer Music
It’s been a long time since I heard the CGT and other than Hope (on The Sometimes God Hides Sampler) I have heard nothing by the RFSQ, so this recording has been for me a very, very pleasant discovery. Quite a few musical styles are covered: Several arrangements of JS Bach (the Ricercar from "The Musical Offering" is my favorite), Reworked pop classics (e.g., Walk Don’t Run - as good as the Penguin Cafe Orchestra’s!) Crafty-Type workouts (Kan Non Power) and a decent into Soundscape Hell (Threnody for Souls in Torment - which is actually much more accessible than its title or reputation led me to expect). Oh, and the sound quality is superb. Go on, buy it, it’s really excellent.  
Written by Paul Sonnenberg
Hope moves me
Thank you for the gift of Hope. This is sublime music. Maybe I’ll ask for the download for Father’s day instead of those Homer Simpson pajama bottoms I had my eye on... Paul Sonnenberg Austin, TX
Written by Stefano Peppoloni
correction
Great recording! But You should edit the cover: Cosenza is in Calabria, not Sicily (Sicilia).
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