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Best known as the violinist for the 1972-1974 incarnation of KING CRIMSON which produced such classics as "Larks' Tongues In Apsic" and "Red", many don't know that David CROSS released a handful of solo albums, which have featured such musicians as Keith TIPPETT, John WETTON, Robert FRIPP and Peter HAMMILL. David's solo work tends to be very jazzy (though there are some CRIMSON-esque moments) and unfortunately his albums are now for the most part quite difficult to find.

CROSS' best album is unquestionably his 1997 record "Exiles". It features all of the above mentioned guests (aside from TIPPETT) and probably sounds the most like KING CRIMSON out of any of them, thanks largely to FRIPP's guitar and WETTON's vocals. 1994's "Testing to Destruction" is also worth a listen. Liking KING CRIMSON is no guarantee that you'll like David CROSS. He has a style very distinct from the band he's best known for playing with, and he's suggested more to fans of jazz fusion than the straight ahead prog that KC is known for.

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3.94 | 7 ratings
Low Flying Aircraft
1987
3.04 | 9 ratings
Memos From Purgatory
1989
3.19 | 13 ratings
The Big Picture
1992
3.32 | 18 ratings
Testing to Destruction
1994
3.65 | 32 ratings
Exiles
1997
4.01 | 16 ratings
Closer Than Skin
2005
2.20 | 6 ratings
David Cross And Andrew Keeling - English Sun - Vol 2
2009
3.57 | 7 ratings
David Cross and Robert Fripp: Starless Starlight
2015

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3.96 | 6 ratings
Alive In The Underworld
2008

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 Closer Than Skin by CROSS, DAVID album cover Studio Album, 2005
4.01 | 16 ratings

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Closer Than Skin
David Cross Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by SouthSideoftheSky
Special Collaborator Symphonic Team

4 stars More than close

Despite the fact that both Robert Fripp and John Wetton (as well as Peter Hammill of Van Der Graaf Generator) contributed as guests to his previous record Exiles, Closer Than Skin is the David Cross solo album that comes closest to the sound of King Crimson of which Cross was a member between 1972 and 1974. The band that Cross assembled around himself here is really strong and they are a very solid unit as also evidenced by the very good live album Alive In The Underworld recorded shorty afterwards. The material presented here is also strong and I would say that not only is this Cross' best studio album as a solo artist but it is also better than anything released by King Crimson since the 1970's! However, the aforementioned live album is the optimal place to start with David Cross as that album gives a better overview of his whole career featuring several King Crimson songs as well as songs from most of his solo albums including two from the present album.

Being Cross' main instrument, the violin is of course omnipresent in this music but he leaves equal space to the other members. Guitars, vocals, bass and drums are excellently played and important elements. There is however less keyboards than on previous records. This music rocks rather hard and occasionally approaches Metal territory. In those moments where the music takes on a Middle Eastern flavour the band Orphaned Land comes to mind! Also Fates Warning can be a relevant comparison at some points.

When I first started listening to this album I thought that many of the songs sounded similar to each other, but on many further listens they started to distinguish themselves more and the album as a whole kept growing on me. Closer Than Skin is a very good album! If I should complain about something is has to be the fairly dull cover picture.

Highly recommended in addition to Alive In The Underworld

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 Memos From Purgatory by CROSS, DAVID album cover Studio Album, 1989
3.04 | 9 ratings

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Memos From Purgatory
David Cross Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by SouthSideoftheSky
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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.

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 The Big Picture by CROSS, DAVID album cover Studio Album, 1992
3.19 | 13 ratings

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The Big Picture
David Cross Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by SouthSideoftheSky
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3 stars Kings Cross

Going deeper into David Cross' discography, I've reached his second solo alum - The Big Picture. Compared to the follow- up Testing To Destruction from 1994, this 1992 album is clearly more consistent and coherent. It lacks the tedious improvisational numbers of Testing To Destruction, but it also lacks the standout tracks of that album. I was previously familiar with a live version of one of the album's tracks, namely the opener Nurse Insane which featured on the excellent live record Alive In The Underworld.

The sound and production values of The Big Picture are those of its time, namely the early 90's. Especially the drums sound somewhat dated, but it is not a big problem for me. The material here is generally of a good standard, and it is a rather enjoyable album from the ex-King Crimson violinist. It does not sound like King Crimson, but nonetheless might appeal to some fans of that band.

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 Testing to Destruction  by CROSS, DAVID album cover Studio Album, 1994
3.32 | 18 ratings

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Testing to Destruction
David Cross Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by SouthSideoftheSky
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2 stars Calamity, my friend

My first experience with David Cross (outside of King Crimson) was his solo studio album Exiles and the live album Alive In The Underworld (the latter credited to The David Cross Band). The present album came just before Exiles and one of the tracks here, the opening Learning Curve, was also featured on Alive In The Underworld. It is a great track in both the studio and live versions. The highlight of Testing To Destruction is however the second track called Calamity. This is an excellent nine minute, progressive composition which tells the story of a shipwreck in a clever way. David Cross himself on violin and the band backing him up really shine here. Had the rest of the album been as good as the first two tracks we would be looking at a much higher rating from me, but sadly nothing of what comes after matches these first two tracks. The instrumental Welcome To Frisco functions like an extended coda to Calamity and may be seen as following the ship down to the bottom of the sea with its haunting cries and ghostly laments.

The Affable Mister G is an up-tempo track with a raw, almost Punk-ish feel. Not impressive. Next up is another instrumental, this time of an improvisational nature. The Swing Arm Disconnects goes nowhere and is much too long to keep my interest. Not my cup of tea. After this comes a track that on the first listen made me wonder if Spotify had shifted to another album altogether. Trip Wire is a bad Pop song that doesn't fit in here. This is then followed by another couple of aimless instrumentals, with the short title track being close to unlistenable. The final track, Abo, runs for 12 minutes. It is not bad, but it takes much too long to get off the ground and then there is not a lot of interesting things happening.

Testing To Destruction is recommended for Learning Curve and, especially, the excellent Calamity, but sadly the rest of the album is just not up to the same high standard which bring the rating down to two stars. Shame.

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 Alive In The Underworld by CROSS, DAVID album cover Live, 2008
3.96 | 6 ratings

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Alive In The Underworld
David Cross Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by SouthSideoftheSky
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4 stars Out of exile and into the 21st century

David Cross is best known for being a member of King Crimson between 1972 and 1974. Here he is with his own band performing a mixture of tracks from his solo albums and some King Crimson classics. His most recent studio album at the time of this live recording was Closer Than Skin. That 2005 album is represented by two tracks in the set list: Are We One? and I Buy Silence. Cross' 1998 solo album Exiles was named after the King Crimson song originally appearing on 1973's Larks' Tongues In Aspic to which Cross contributed. Exiles featured a new studio recording of the song with original vocalist John Wetton guesting. The live version of the song featured here is well sung by Arch Stanton. The rest of the band consists of Paul Clark on guitar, Mick Paul on bass, Alex Hall on keyboards, Joe Crabtree on drums, and David Cross himself on electric violin.

Tonk was also taken from the Exiles album. The earlier David Cross solo albums Testing To Destruction and The Big Picture from 1994 and 1992 respectively are represented by one song each in Learning Curve and Nurse Insane. All of the songs are good and often the sound reminds me a bit of the progressive Metal band Fates Warning! Two further King Crimson classics are included, actually my two personal favourite King Crimson songs Starless - originally from 1974's Red - and 21st Century Schizoid Man, originally from the band's 1969 debut In The Court Of The Crimson King. The latter is perhaps an odd choice given that David Cross didn't join the band until several years later, but I assume that he did perform this song live with the band back in the 70's. Cross does his own thing with these classics and gives them his own touch. Often a harder edge and heavier sound is noticeable.

The final track called Floodlights is a new studio bonus track.

Overall, this is a very enjoyable live album that sits well beside other ex-King Crimson members live efforts including those by the 21st Century Schizoid Band, John Wetton, and Greg Lake - all of which in my opinion are better custodians of the band's legacy than the band that carries the name "King Crimson".

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 Exiles by CROSS, DAVID album cover Studio Album, 1997
3.65 | 32 ratings

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Exiles
David Cross Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by SouthSideoftheSky
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3 stars Tonk

This solo album by ex-King Crimson man David Cross is named after the King Crimson song Exiles which originally appeared on 1973's Larks' Tongues In Aspic to which Cross contributed. The version featured here as the opening track is a new studio recording of the song in a different arrangement with original vocalist John Wetton guesting. It sounds fantastic! Also Robert Fripp guests here on three tracks, two of which also features Peter Hammill from Van Der Graaf Generator on vocals. This is an interesting combination of talents with Tonk being the strongest of these in 1970's King Crimson heavy style.

Slippery Slope is an instrumental Jazz-Rock/Fusion number more in line with what was found on some previous David Cross albums. Not bad at all but considerably less King Crimson-like. Cakes is another track that features Fripp and this time it is an ambient instrumental. Not my cup of tea but it would have been quite acceptable considered as an interlude if it had only been shorter, but about halfway through it tends to get boring. Wetton's voice returns for This Is Your Life, a Pop Rock song that would not have been out of place on one of Wetton's lesser solo records but which sounds rather odd in the present context. Fast and Troppo (the other Fripp/Hammill combination) pick things up again somewhat and the closer Hero can be said to combine all of the elements mentioned above.

Overall, Exiles is a rather strange mix of Heavy Prog, Jazz-Rock/Fusion and Pop Rock. Several good moments, but not the best place to start with David Cross. I recommend to begin with the live album Alive In The Underworld which provides a good overview of Cross' career featuring songs from his four most recent solo albums including the present one plus three classic King Crimson numbers. Also the more recent studio album Closer Than Skin is recommended over Exiles.

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 The Big Picture by CROSS, DAVID album cover Studio Album, 1992
3.19 | 13 ratings

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The Big Picture
David Cross Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Anon-E-Mouse

4 stars Delightfully insane, eruptive violins are a hallmarks of Cross' solo albums. The former member from King Crimson tends to unleash surprising and very satisfying runs that are truly "one of a kind". Not sure about how he ended up in Jazz-Rock/Fusion as he rarely sounds anything jazzy, more like Eclectic with a very slight touch of Avant Rock.

Indeed, it is a rocking album with pretty good tunes well performed by all. The vocals are not so great, though. Echoes of Roger Waters, Greg Lake in an uninspired moment spring to mind, but there are some better bits on the side. But the highlight is firmly on those unique violin runs.

Suffice to say that Cross' works in general align well with the 1973-75 period of KC. Almost like a continuation of "Lark's Tongues In Aspic" - if only a bit wilder still. Highly recommended.

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 The Big Picture by CROSS, DAVID album cover Studio Album, 1992
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The Big Picture
David Cross Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by apps79
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3 stars The late-80's and early-90's found David Cross in a working orgasm, constantly releasing albums with Radius.However he never abandoned his solo project and in February 92' he recorded his second album ''The big picture'' with his backing group, which now included bassist John Dillon instead of Simon Murrell.Dillon is also responsible for the lead vocals of the album, which was released the same year again on Red Hot Records.

While not drastically different from the debut, Cross' second offering sounds a bit more tight and consistent.Dillon and his fascinating voice has much to do with the fact.The music is again quite diverse, including the strong KING CRIMSON vibes, the furious Fusion parts, while there are also lots of more pompous moments with an orchestral approach to be met.Dillon's voice, Cross' crying violins and Maloney's atmospheric keyboards are the main elements of these passages, which sound very grandiose.The KING CRIMSON-influence and instant Fusion material in ''The big picture'' are propably the more challenging cuts of the album.Abstract breaks, flashy synth solos, frenetic violin runs and a complex rhythm section offer charming, intricate and moving pieces of music, which however suffer again from some cheap 80's production quality.The general atmosphere of the album tends to be dark and even melancholic, still a couple of more synth-based tracks with uninteresting grooves spoil the decent effort.

A step forward for David Cross & co., as the addition of Dillon seems to have brought some fresh air and inspiration to the group.Recommended for all fans of intense and emotional soundscapes.

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 Memos From Purgatory by CROSS, DAVID album cover Studio Album, 1989
3.04 | 9 ratings

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Memos From Purgatory
David Cross Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by apps79
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2 stars An important figure of the early-70's British prog scene, violinist David Cross was born in 1949 in Turnchapel near Plymouth and became widely known as a member of King Crimson, with whom he spent three intense years.From mid-70's and on Cross participated in several albums as a guest musician, before becoming a member of the one-shot project Low Flying Aircraft and also of Radius in late-80's.Additionally he formed his own band along with keyboardist Sheila Maloney from Radius, drummer Dan Maurer from Low Flying Aircraft, bassist Simon Murrell and sax player Pete McPhail.Cross debuted in 1989 with ''Memos From Purgatory'', released both in CD and vinyl by Red Hot Records.

The album is dominated by Cross'es lovely playing and his Classical tendencies throughout, however it is also tortured by the cheap-sounding keyboards of the 80's and the plastic drumming, not unleashing its true power.Influences come from Progressive Rock, Experimental Rock, Fusion and even New Age and the album has also a strong KING CRIMSON vibe of the 80's with many experimental moments next to Cross'es both smooth and attacking deliveries, featuring plenty of hard-edged moments with fiery saxes, powerful drumming and hypnotic bass work.Maloney's keyboards though become unbearable in the process, sounding too New-Agey and fake compared to the physical sound of the violins, bass and sax.The instrumental styles offered are varied, from OLDFIELD-ian dreamy soundscapes with emphasis on keyboasrds to mechanical, almost industrial type of sharp violin intervetions, containing some schizophenic grooves, and even some delicate, more Classical-inspired pieces.The mediocre sound of the instruments combined with the mass of different moods presented hurt the album's consistency.

Not the best comeback for such a great musician.Pale and rather unispired work with huge 80's vibes in the recording process, but also hints of Cross'es unique talent throughout.Recommended mainly to die-hard KING CRIMSON fans...2.5 stars.

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 David Cross And Andrew Keeling - English Sun - Vol 2 by CROSS, DAVID album cover Studio Album, 2009
2.20 | 6 ratings

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David Cross And Andrew Keeling - English Sun - Vol 2
David Cross Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by rushfan4
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2 stars PLEASE IGNORE THE STARS AND READ THE REVIEW

When all is said and done this may well end up being the strangest review ever written on Prog Archives, but I am going to give it a go. Mr. Cross sent me a copy of this CD when I volunteered to review it on behalf of Prog Archives and after a couple of listens I came to the conclusion that "Houston, we have a problem". I am seriously not qualified to review this collection of musical pieces. So I set it aside and decided that it was probably better if I didn't write a review for it. A few months have passed and my conscience started nagging me that since I had volunteered to write a review for this CD, that I really should give it a go; especially, when I looked this morning and saw that there had not been any reviews done, except for one 1-star rating.

Mr. Cross is fairly well known around these parts, but for those who don't know who he is, he played violin and viola on a few fairly well known masterpieces from a somewhat obscure band called King Crimson. Mr. Cross has released a number of albums since his days with King Crimson, however, I am not familiar with them and I am unable to compare this album to those solo albums. I am not quite sure what I was expecting when I volunteered to review this album, but I suppose it was something along the lines of "It will be so cool to hear Larks' Tongues In Aspic revisited". I am sorry to say that that was not the case here. What we have here is what the artists describe as Electric Chamber Music. Mr. Cross has teamed up with flautist Andrew Keeling on this album that consists almost entirely of violin and flute.

The most important thing that I would like to note is that this combination of violin and flute has resulted in a collection of absolutely beautiful musical pieces in the classical music vein. But here is where we have another problem on a progressive rock website. There is no rock on this album. To a certain extent, this is like trying to fit the square in the space meant for the triangle. In my opinion at least, it just doesn't fit in with the musical theme of this website. Where I see this album having great value is for a candlelight dinner with your significant other helping to set a relaxing and romantic mood, although the beauty and the quiet peacefulness of the music might have the undesired effect of being too relaxing and just putting you and/or your significant other to sleep.

In trying to fit this in within the rating scheme provided here at Prog Archives I feel that it is best to rate it with 2 stars as an album for collectors/fans only. Since I don't feel that it qualifies as progressive rock music it would be difficult to say that it was a masterpiece of progressive rock music or even an excellent addition to any prog rock music collection. As I previously said the music is gorgeous, and thus disqualifies the album in my mind from being rated 1-star as poor. This left me with the two-star and three-star options and this is where personal preferences and tastes came into play. Although, I personally think the music is beautiful, it really isn't the type of music that I am going to ordinarily reach for. However, I believe that fans of David Cross and Andrew Keeling or fans of "Electric Chamber Music" might really enjoy this album. Unfortunately, since this is not my normal fare I am not certain how this music compares in relation to similar type music, but it seems to me that the quality of playing would be appealing to fans of relaxing music.

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