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    Posted: October 15 2007 at 04:20
I am realy enjoying CJ3's 'King Crimson Songbook: Volume One' which , for those who don't know, features some cherished KC tunes rearranged into a jazz trio format. It was the brainchild of the late Ian Wallace who all would know was an early version KC drummer and an excellent one at that. [ How sad is his passing at a comparitvely young age, but that's a separate matter].

He teams up with two excellent jazz players from the States in Jody Nardone on grand piano and Tim Landers on fretless bass, then into the studio with creative arrangements of these tunes they go, and they take off!

OK, well you're going to have to like the modern forms of jazz and , if a KC fan, tolerate the reshaping of some hallowed classics, but I'm here to tell you , it works .

Ian Wallace's drumming demonstates his talent and versatility, Tim Landers, while not obviously displaying the chops of a Jeff Berlin, for example, is such a tastefully technical player, I find his style and tone very warming. Jody Nardone is just a great player and in places [e.g. during 'Matte Kudasi'] displays a real Dave Grusin feel, which is saying something .

Highlights for me are 'Three of a Perfect Pair , Catfood, Ladies of the Road and I Talk to the Wind', but it's all good, if you like this style.

I have it on some good authority that Vol. II, which was recorded prior to IW's sad passing, is having some finishing touches added and will be released after all. [Those touches include some contributions by Mel Collins on saxes]. I'm looking forward to it.

Does anybody else share my enthusiasm for this? Let us know if you do.

[P.S. There is a very good review by 'Neulmann' right here on PA if you have a look - I recommend you do].
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 15 2007 at 08:15
Originally posted by mrgd

I am realy enjoying CJ3's 'King Crimson Songbook: Volume One' which , for those who don't know, features some cherished KC tunes rearranged into a jazz trio format. It was the brainchild of the late Ian Wallace who all would know was an early version KC drummer and an excellent one at that. [ How sad is his passing at a comparitvely young age, but that's a separate matter].

He teams up with two excellent jazz players from the States in Jody Nardone on grand piano and Tim Landers on fretless bass, then into the studio with creative arrangements of these tunes they go, and they take off!

OK, well you're going to have to like the modern forms of jazz and , if a KC fan, tolerate the reshaping of some hallowed classics, but I'm here to tell you , it works .

Ian Wallace's drumming demonstates his talent and versatility, Tim Landers, while not obviously displaying the chops of a Jeff Berlin, for example, is such a tastefully technical player, I find his style and tone very warming. Jody Nardone is just a great player and in places [e.g. during 'Matte Kudasi'] displays a real Dave Grusin feel, which is saying something .

Highlights for me are 'Three of a Perfect Pair , Catfood, Ladies of the Road and I Talk to the Wind', but it's all good, if you like this style.

I have it on some good authority that Vol. II, which was recorded prior to IW's sad passing, is having some finishing touches added and will be released after all. [Those touches include some contributions by Mel Collins on saxes]. I'm looking forward to it.

Does anybody else share my enthusiasm for this? Let us know if you do.

[P.S. There is a very good review by 'Neulmann' right here on PA if you have a look - I recommend you do].
 
A great recording, reminding both of the ease at which Krimson can be jazzed up and to that sometime neglected area of Krimson's music, its jazz elements.  Theo Travis (now with Soft Machine Project), did a superb take on 21st Century Schizoid Man (on his Earth to Ether recording) , in what I hear is in the style of the 60's Dave Brubeck Quartet. The Either Orchestra did do a cover of Red - but excuse the deliberate pun - it was over blown in the big jazz band style.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 15 2007 at 18:03
I hadn't even heard of it, but thanks for bringing it up, it definitely sounds like something I'd like to hear.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 15 2007 at 19:32
Thanks Dick. The Soft Machine Project slipped under my radar. I'll investigate them.

It's interesting to see the slowly increasing popularity of the revival or reworking of so many of the lesser known but beautifully crafted 70s-ish songs .

I know we've discussed Jakko Jakszyk's 'Bruised Romantic Glee Club' release before, but the second disc featuring the reworking of some of those Canterbury songs is excellent, imo. I particularly like his version of 'Islands', 'As Long as We Lie Perfectly Still' and 'Nine Funerals of the Citizen King'. This latter version really stays in my memory replay with it's great vocal arrangement, interesting lyrics and quirky yet haunting melody. I had heard the original version many years ago, but it's now been wonderfully revived, along with the others on the 'Then' disc.

As you have noted regarding the 'Jazzing up' of KC songs, they have to be excellent compositions in the first place, to be successfully re-arranged . Jakko has done well in this regard imo.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 15 2007 at 23:28
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Thanks for your interest . If you like jazz and KC tunes, I can assure you, you won't be disappointed by this captivating release.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 16 2007 at 06:21
Originally posted by mrgd

Thanks Dick. The Soft Machine Project slipped under my radar. I'll investigate them.

It's interesting to see the slowly increasing popularity of the revival or reworking of so many of the lesser known but beautifully crafted 70s-ish songs .

I know we've discussed Jakko Jakszyk's 'Bruised Romantic Glee Club' release before, but the second disc featuring the reworking of some of those Canterbury songs is excellent, imo. I particularly like his version of 'Islands', 'As Long as We Lie Perfectly Still' and 'Nine Funerals of the Citizen King'. This latter version really stays in my memory replay with it's great vocal arrangement, interesting lyrics and quirky yet haunting melody. I had heard the original version many years ago, but it's now been wonderfully revived, along with the others on the 'Then' disc.

As you have noted regarding the 'Jazzing up' of KC songs, they have to be excellent compositions in the first place, to be successfully re-arranged . Jakko has done well in this regard imo.
 
Just a point of information: that KC tune is on Theo's solo album Earth To Ether, not on a Soft Machine Legacy recording - however, the latest SML album is worth getting.
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