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King Crimson: Don’t Write an Epitaph Just Yet (Part Two)

Continued from Part One… Jakszyk explains the group’s current thinking. “We are embracing the music as a whole, and we are going back and we are playing things that have either not been played in decades, or that have never been played live, ever.” He mentions a suite of songs off one of the group’s

King Crimson: Don’t Write an Epitaph Just Yet (Part One)

Progressive rock giant King Crimson has a long and convoluted history. Founded in 1969 by iconoclastic guitarist Robert Fripp, the group has gone through numerous breakups, reorganizations and lineups of varying character. The current King Crimson configuration is generally considered to be its eighth, or perhaps an expanded version of is eighth: along with mainstay

Crack the Sky’s John Palumbo: Don’t Look Back

The landscape of pop history is littered with one-and-done acts, artists whose first album – no matter how good it might have been – failed or was lost in the commercial marketplace. Nearly all of those groups would fade into obscurity, never again to make an album. Crack the Sky doesn’t fit into this particular

Marbin: Flight or Flight

A cynic might say that the defining characteristic of jazz-rock fusion is that it pleases neither the jazz fan nor the rock aficionado. But after a few years playing together in Marbin, guitarist Dani Rabin and saxophonist Danny Markovitch found that they had become a fusion band. And the group’s success puts the lie to

In Praise of Uriah Heep

Critical consensus has not been overly kind to Uriah Heep. The British heavy progressive rockers released a string of commercially successful albums in the 1970s – and persist in greatly altered form to this very day – but they often got short shrift from tastemakers. A typical summation of the group and its work can

Hundred-word Reviews: September 2017

Time for some more hundred-word reviews; new music from many different genres. Linsey Alexander – Two Cats (Delmark) A lot of modern-day blues has a sterility that makes it the sonic equivalent of a museum display: too perfect, too slick, soulless. Linsey Alexander is having none of that on Two Cats. The 75-year old blues

Yes’ Geoff Downes: We’re Still Here

Note: this interview with Yes keyboardist Geoff Downes took places just before the group’s summer 2017 run of dates; the tour was canceled in September after the tragic death of Virgil Howe, son of Yes guitarist Steve Howe. – bk Progressive rock legends Yes will celebrate their 50th anniversary in 2018. Though the band has

King Crimson: Iconoclastic Innovators

Note: This feature is based on an interview with King Crimson guitarist/vocalist Jakko Jakszyk. Stay tuned for another Crim feature — coming soon — based on interviews with Tony Levin and Pat Mastelotto. — bk After decades as a successful touring musician and recording artist, Jakko Jakszyk is fronting the band he discovered in 1969,

Album Review: Gel-Sol — Horse Head Bookends

It’s inevitable: the first thing one notices about Horse Head Bookends, the latest album from Andrew Reichel (d/b/a/ Gel-Sol), is its stunningly original album artwork and packaging. The vinyl LP is housed in a black, die-cut sleeve with a front window that serves as a frame for a 12×12 full-color art. There’s a collage for

The Allan Holdsworth Interview, Part Four

Continued from Part Three… What’s the status of the crowd funding project for Tales from the Vault? Tales From The Vault turned into a bit of a disaster, actually. There were some older tracks that I’d done before with Ernest and Joel but I never finished; I was going to finish them for the pledge