Crimson Jazz Trio – King Crimson Songbook Volume 2

January 01, 1970

(Inner Knot)


There’s red in them thar hills. At the very least, there’s
crimson running down the roll of Woodland
Hills, Calif., where
this Kingly trio hails from. After a Volume
that found an original Crimsoid drummer Ian Wallace & Co. tackling
all era of this madly complex ensemble, Volume
does likewise in turning Robert Fripp’s collaborative compositions into
spacious jazz improvisations that maintain their elegance while finding a
shocking bit of cool cocktail groove.


It may sound odd at first glint, but when Wallace, bassist Tim
Landers and pianist Jody Nardone get maximum playful roominess in which to
roam, they re-conceptualize “The Court of the Crimson King” and “Pictures of a
City” into slurry lounge cuts. They take full advantage of Fripp’s epic chord
changes and shadings and vamp their faces off. The repetition found in
latter-day Crimson gets worked out by Nardone’s rigid rhythmic lines on “Frame
by Frame” with ye old Crimson saxophonist doing a guest turn as snake charmer
par excellence.


Standout Tracks: “Islands Suite” “Heartbeat” “The Court of the
Crimson King” A.D. AMOROSI



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