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JAKSZYK, FRIPP AND COLLINS: A SCARCITY OF MIRACLES

King Crimson

 

Eclectic Prog

3.59 | 544 ratings

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Disconnect
4 stars My first introduction to this album was the inexplicably atrocious video that accompanied the title track to promote the album before its release. Fortunately I was able to get past that experience and attempt to actually enjoy the music beyond it.

Let me start by saying the best way to appreciate this album is to throw out any & all expectations you have of a project (ProjeKct, in this case I suppose) that is in any way linked with the King Crimson 'family'. If you can do that (and it wasn't easy for me, either) what you'll find is an enjoyable prog/jazz album.

Jakszyk's vocals are captivating - I actually was not familiar with him prior to hearing this album, and I have to say I plan to check out his work with other artists as well. I found myself not caring that Belew was not utilized for this group (and I am a big fan of Belew's vocal/guitar work with KC over the years).

Gavin & T-Lev are a mesmerizing rhythmic pair. Although this album has a restrained feeling to it overall, there is no lack of groove between the two. Some of the more interesting musical moments of the album are the interplay between the rhythm section. I hope this isn't the last time we get to hear them work together in a KC format.

Fripp's role here is mainly atmospheric in terms of leads, but in rhythmic terms he is binding together Collins' work with that of Gavin & T-Lev. His presence is definitely on each track, but he isn't the true driving force here. And given the songs, I think this actually makes the album as a whole stronger.

I'm only familiar with Mel Collins from his work with KC in the mid-70s, and his playing here is pleasant, although in no way pushing boundaries. Nothing offensive about his approach to the songs, although I found myself many times wishing he would take more risks with his melodies....mostly he stays inside the box.

This is an album that is HIGHLY accessible for music fans in general, and not just progressive rock fans. Perhaps that is what they were aspiring to achieve -- if so, then they accomplished their goal. I enjoy the album very much. I don't think of it as a KC ProjeKct in any way, despite the musicians involved. It is really better to think of them as a jazz ensemble that has produced an album of very listenable tracks.

I've played the album for several friends already (none of whom are prog fans) and the reaction from all has been overwhelmingly positive. It may not be what we all wanted to hear, but this is an album that has the potential to connect with a very wide audience.

Disconnect | 4/5 |

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