St. Michael & All Saints Bishop?s Cleeve UK
Although the titles to several of the tracks may be the same as those at Broad Chalke, the performance in front of a large audience has a much grander and at times, darker feel, to the previous evening.

The difference can be heard almost immediately in the opening track. Whereas, The Apparent Chaos of Stone was a more languorous affair at Broad Chalke, here at Bishop’s Cleeve, Fripp begins to throw some startling curve-balls of pensive guitar after only a few minutes.

Given the slow silky tones that makes up much of the opening piece it can be easy to miss some of the detailed interplay that occurs between the two players. As lines are smoothly looped and manipulated, there’s nevertheless some real skirmishing taking place. The three ascending notes that Fripp fires off at around the 6.41 mark are immediately seized upon by Travis, who offers a descending counterpart, demonstrating the extent of each other’s listening.

On The Offering, the soprano sax pushes harder against the soundscapes creating a useful tension and contrast within the music as a whole. The Blue Calm area of playing may be shorter than the previous evening but it’s also more focused and intense.

Route 42 has pastoral moments which sound as though they could be out-takes John Cameron’s haunting score for the film, Kes, and there’s a contrasting highlight right at the end of the piece when silence comes to call. Both audience and musicians are held spellbound in a strangely exhilarating, and oddly precious moment.

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TRACK
TIME
01
The Apparent Chaos Of Stone
09:06
02
In A Field Of Green
08:36
03
The Unquestioned Answer
05:03
04
The Offering
08:51
05
Blue Calm
03:48
06
Route 42
03:19
07
Duet For The End Of Time
14:13
Written by Christopher DeVito
Beyond Crimson
Great improvised music. Chaos gives us some intense guitar and fractured flute. Field of Green floats on soprano sax like an outtake from an ECM album. The Unquestioned Answer starts out knotted and fluttery and builds to an intense free jazz climax. Offering and Blue Calm work together, for me; flute, soprano sax, and guitarscapes all intertwined. A beautiful set all around. Add Moonchild from the day before and you’ve got a perfect concert.
Written by Serge Girard
Travis & Fripp - May 22, 2009 - Bishop’s Cleeve
Great performance ! Thanks Robert & Theo. Hoping to attend such a performance in a Belgium church. There are many!
Written by Armand Gieling
Dark and exhilarating.
This is like a long dark night followed by an stunning sunrise, during that night you lost something, but in the daytime you forget what it was. Like in a dream, with its own reality, most things can be very dark and yet quite normal at the same time. This music reminds me of things long ago, what those things are is of no importance, but the feelings I have are more to the point in my daily adventures. I recommend this very intelligent music to anyone who likes listening in a deeper way. Thanks, DGM.
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