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Crimson Jazz Trio


Jazz Rock/Fusion

4.02 | 58 ratings

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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 guesting. Wow! Must be a nice combination, or so I thought.

Well, this recording comes across as if it was Jazz standards performed in an intimate, little club. The atmosphere is pleasant and the music is well, Jazz. The KC tunes form only a loose framework before completely unrelated piano runs fill the body of the songs. Nice if you like Jazz, but with the same token, they could have done the same on say, Fleetwood Mac, Dire Straits, or practically any other work that has a recognizable melody to it.

The connection with KC is former drummer Ian Wallace (RIP) - of course - who according to Fripp liked to tear the wings off butterflies. Hmmm, not very endearing....

Anyway, the music is quite OK and Tim Landers on bass stands out for me more than any of the others. Landers plays in a way that's both elegant and tasteful. Funny thing that by doing an excellent and unassuming support role, he steals my attention! Talk about true craftsmanship!

And Mel Collins, you may ask? Well, he must have been making the sandwiches and coffee for the band in the kitchen, but didn't get a chance to wet his reeds here. I feel ripped off!

Anyway, the music is fine, but not really something that I would miss. Good playing, questionable concept and I'd much rather "21st Century Schizoid Band" in it's place. It deserves almost a 4, but I wouldn't recommend it as "excellent addition", so we'll have to settle for "good, but non-essential"..

BORA | 3/5 |


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