Six Years of Musoscribe: King Crimson
My retrospective continues on this, the sixth anniversary of my Musoscribe blog.
One of my favorite groups – like so many others, I discovered ’em during my college years – is King Crimson. The pioneering progressive rock band that started in England is, these days, an Anglo-American outfit. One of the very few musical acts that consistently moves forward – no nostalgia for this lot – King Crimson rarely sound like the same group from album to album. Over the years, I’ve been fortunate to interview (and in some cases, even meet) several current and former members of the group. (Of course when a band has had so many musicians pass through its ranks, one could argue that the odds are in my favor.) Not counting the time when Robert Fripp complained on his own blog about something I wrote, I’ve collected quite a Crim-related mass of writings. Herewith:
While KC was on one of its many hiatuses, three members of the group put together a double-trio that performed King Crimson material. Originally called Two of a Perfect Trio, they later became an officially-sanctioned Crim extension and dubbed themselves The Crimson ProjeKct. Here’s my feature/interview with Adrian Belew, Tony Levin, and Pat Mastelotto. (And here’s more.)
Belew is no longer involved in King Crimson; his attention is now applied to his solo career and (sometimes) the ProjeKct. I interviewed him in 2014. Here’s my Adrian Belew interview.
Pat Mastelotto is also in another Crim-related group, Stick Men, with Tony Levin. I interviewed Pat in 2013.
Levin is one of the busiest men in music; I chatted with Tony about his Levin Brothers project in 2014.
Gunn played guitar in King Crimson alongside Robert Fripp for several years. Here’s my interview with Gunn, focusing more on his solo work.
Wetton was King Crimson’s bassist and vocalist in the mid 1970s, a time during which the group recorded and released what might be their best album, Red. Here’s my interview with John Wetton.
King Crimson’s first vocalist/bassist went on to greater success with Keith Emerson and Carl Palmer. But when I interviewed Greg Lake, we talked about King Crimson, too.
Wilson has been at the center of King Crimson-related activities these last several years. His Porcupine Tree bandmate Gavin Harrison is one of three(!) drummers in the current Crim lineup; he’s borrowed the band’s original Mellotron for use in his own music; and he’s heading the remix/remaster/reissue project of the Crimson catalog. I’ve interviewed Wilson multiple times; this interview focuses on his King Crimson-related work.
I have also reviewed a number of King Crimson (and related) albums and videos. Here’s a rundown; I may well have missed some, but this list is close to complete. (All King Crimson except as noted.)
- In the Court of the Crimson King (40th Anniversary Series)
- Lizard (40th Anniversary Series)
- Islands (40th Anniversary Series)
- Red (40th Anniversary Series)
- Discipline (40th Anniversary Series)
- 21st Century Schizoid Band – Live in Japan
- Trey Gunn – Modulator
- Jakko M. Jakszyk – The Bruised Romantic Glee Club
- Morgan Ågren / Henry Kaiser/ Trey Gunn – Invisible Rays
- Jakszyk, Fripp and Collins – A Scarcity of Miracles
- Greg Lake – Songs of a Lifetime
- District 97 with John Wetton – One More Red Night
More of these reminiscences to come.
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