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Studio Album, released in 2009

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. In the Court of the Crimson King (6:16)
2. Pictures of a City (6:29)
3. One Time (9:16)
4. Frame by Frame (5:30)
5. Inner Garden (5:34)
6. Heartbeat (8:56)
7. Islands Suite: Press Gang (2:30)
8. Islands Suite: Zero Dark Thirty (2:18)
9. Islands Suite: Formentera Lady (7:33)
10. Islands Suite: Sailor's Tale (2:46)
11. Islands Suite: The Plank (2:14)
12. Lament (9:20)

Total Time 68:42

Line-up / Musicians

- Jody Nardone / grand piano, vocals
- Tim Landers / fretless & acoustic basses, mixing
- Ian Wallace / drums, producer

- Mel Collins / soprano & alto saxophones

Releases information

Second volume of re-interpretations of King Crimson's music, recorded in 2007

Artwork: Keith LeSuer

CD Inner Knot ‎- INK 7727 (2009, US)
CD Panegyric ‎- GYRCD002 (2009, Germany)

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Review by snobb
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4 stars Second album by mostly acoustic trio, founded by ex-King Crimson drummer Ian Wallace. As it is stated in their name - they are jazz trio, and it's absolutely true. This time another KC-related musician - Mel Collins is collaborated as guest on sax.

Musical material is all well known - great King Crimson compositions, just seriously reworked to become contemporary jazz pieces ( some vocals are presented as well). All music is more jazz, than fusion, but excellent compositions make it very interesting, pleasant and accessible listening even for those without big love to jazz.

Main accents there are atmosphere, acoustic warm sound, melancholic tunes, and great material just found its new life. Musicians are competent, and happily not demonstrate their technical abilities, but tried to save originals spirit.

So -great ,really great result. It's difficult for me to speak about such kind of cover-work as about masterpiece, but I can just tell that it is possibly greatest of possible re-birth of progressive classics.

Very recommended - and not only for jazz fans. Without doubt - 4,5!

Review by Neu!mann
4 stars In a market congested with tribute albums and cover bands, the Crimson Jazz Trio offered something totally refreshing: new translations of classic KING CRIMSON music, in an entirely different idiom.

The second and (tragically) last chapter of their re-imagined KC catalogue stretched out even more than Volume One: interpolating original material, adding vocals, and reuniting drummer Ian Wallace with his erstwhile Crimson bandmate Mel Collins. Both had appeared in the 21st Century Schizoid Band, but that was strictly a nostalgia act. Inviting the sax player as a guest to these sessions not only gave the project more legitimacy, but added instrumental color to the piano-led trio, and a certain poignancy as well.

Both CJ3 albums, but this one in particular, offered a glimpse of what Wallace might have contributed to the court of the Crimson King back in 1971, given half a chance. Older fans could argue that the band lost something of its original warmth in the harsher climate of the Wetton-Buford improvisations, and beyond. But the Jazz Trio succeeded in resuscitating the human pulse hidden deep inside the avant-metal heart of later Crimson line-ups.

It might sound like straightforward jazz, but because the source material is so eclectic (ranging from the 1969 debut album to the double-trio Thrakking of the mid-1990s) the new music becomes likewise harder to pigeonhole. Even if the titles are familiar (and they should be, to any self-respecting Crimhead), the experience is like hearing the songs for the first time.

"Lament", for example, is more or less faithful to the original melody, with Jody Nardone's piano substituting for John Wetton's vocals. But the updated "Heartbeat" is a significant departure from its "Beat" album forefather, and truer to the spirit of Kerouac and Ginsberg, enough to make me want to trim my goatee and pull on a black turtleneck sweater.

The richer arrangement of "Hidden Garden" transforms it into a genuine song, instead of the incidental filler on the 1995 "THRAK" album (Nardone does the singing, and with the same sensitivity as his ivory tickling). And the ambitious 18-minute "Islands Suite" presents a mostly (I'm guessing) improvised, often free-form interpretation of the opening cuts off that 1971 LP, almost unrecognizable in this context.

The pleasant surprise of the earlier Songbook is missing, of course: this one is merely (and undeniably) pleasant. But it's hard to hear it without a lump in the throat. The album represents the final studio recording of the late Ian Wallace, who succumbed to esophageal cancer shortly after laying down these tracks. The instrumental version of "Lament", deliberately placed at the end of the album, makes a fitting valedictory. And the closing fade-out was a nice gesture too, suggesting that the one-time Crimson percussionist never stopped swinging his drumsticks.

Latest members reviews

5 stars This is just a fantastic album. It is of course a jazz album. They jazz several King Crimson songs. the result is outstanding. It is impressive the way the contruct the melodies, at times, being difficult to identify what is the King Crimson song they are doing the tribute. You have to listen many t ... (read more)

Report this review (#1081615) | Posted by amontes | Monday, November 25, 2013 | Review Permanlink

3 stars And the point was? Some years ago I was "conned" into getting this album, believing that it featured Mel Collins, who is one of my fave sax players. I didn't listen to it then, but just recently dusting my collection it was time to hear some KC tunes in a Jazz interpretation with Collins gues ... (read more)

Report this review (#974753) | Posted by BORA | Monday, June 10, 2013 | Review Permanlink

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