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LIVE IN NORTHAMPTON, MA (PROJEKCT TWO)

King Crimson

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Evolver
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3 stars This live recording is superior to the Space Groove album, mosy because by this time Adrian Belew had learned more about the v-drums (an electronic kit), so his rhythms are much less simplistic. However, the band still has the problem of a lack of cohesiveness to the jams (however technically excellent they are).

Each songs starts with Belew laying down a beat. Robert Fripp and Trey Gunn then start soloing over the beats. And the soloing is great. But there rerely seems to be any sort of theme played between the instruments, and therefore, everything sounds random. Sure, at a few times there are parts that were obviously worked out between Fripp and Gunn, but thay are always short, and quickly diverge back into random notes.

I would appreciate this more if the band sounded like they were actually listening to each other, and building off of each other's ideas (like the Wetton/Cross/Bruford band did so well).

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Posted Sunday, June 20, 2010 | Review Permalink
Gatot
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3 stars One of a very important part of enjoying King Crimson music is not just the music itself but as management consultant I also learn a lot from how Robert Fripp positions King Crimson into the mind of progheads all over the world. Many things he use his own terms to visulaize the condition of the band whom from its inception only he himself has been the regular member or it can be asily said that King Crimson is Robert Fripp like Camel is Andy Latimer. He used the terms as "double trio" promoting double on bass-drums-guitar format. And then he also use the term FraKctalisation to depict the band condition around 1997? 1999. Under this he formed ProjeKct One that comprised him, Trey Gunn - Warr Guitar, Tony Levin - Bass, and Bill Bruford - Drums. The band was actually a live band that performed fully improvised music. He called the idea as "fraKctals": multiple different subsets of the band working separately as a way of developing new material for King Crimson, the band having been at something of a compositional impasse. ProjeKct One performed four consecutive shows at the Jazz Cafe from December 1 through December 4, 1997. All four concerts have been made available for download through DGMLive.

ProjeKct Two (1997?1998) comprised Fripp, Gunn, Adrian Belew. At first I was confused that the band had no drums but then I realized Belew played V-Drums. Under this lineup they released the studio album Space Groove in 1998. Additionally, they performed thirty-five concerts between February and July 1998. These shows have been made available for download through DGMLive including this one. Musically, I do not expect something that is song orientated as he already promoted improvised nature of the music. Having forgatten this issue I then can enjoy the stream of improvisations these gentlemen offer. As a fan of Fripp as well as Trey Gunn, I enjoy this live record even though I can not predict how the music will be heading to as I spin the record. I just enjoy the improvisation especially how the bass guitar is played as well as how V-drums. There are of course interesting segments throughout the never ending improvisations from start to end. I can imagine how fabulous these three gentlemen played together live.

It's recommended for those of you who love the improvisation side of Crimson music. Keep on proggin' ...!!!

Peace on earth and mercy mild - GW

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Posted Saturday, February 8, 2014 | Review Permalink

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