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David Cross


Jazz Rock/Fusion

3.08 | 21 ratings

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3 stars Basking in sax and violins

Memos From Purgatory released in 1989 was ex-King Crimson man David Cross' first solo effort (the 1987 album Low Flying Aircraft listed here under Cross' discography is actually by a band called Low Flying Aircraft which featured Cross as one of the members). This debut solo album is an all-instrumental Jazz-Rock/Fusion album dominated by Cross' electric violin and backed up by a band. It can perhaps be compared to a darker and less cheerful version of The Dixie Dregs. The style also reminds me of the darker and jazzier style in which Steve Hackett performs Genesis' Los Endos live.

Needless to say the music found here has very little to do with what Cross did with King Crimson when he was a member of that band between 1972 and 1974. It is also not very similar to what Cross would do on his later solo albums on which he added vocals and took a more rocking direction. If you want to explore David Cross this is not the best place to start unless you are a big fan of instrumental Rock.

This is clearly a professional recording full of talent and I enjoy listening to this album, but it is not essential listening.

SouthSideoftheSky | 3/5 |


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