All About Jazz

Home » Articles » Live Reviews


King Crimson at Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier / Massey Hall

John Kelman By

Sign in to view read count
All of which leaves Fripp, the guitarist. Perhaps the only disappointment of both nights was the absence of the briefly revived "Fracture," not just the highlight of Starless and Bible Black (Island, 1974)—and, again, collected in an even more massive 31-disc/1-download box, Starless (Panegyric, 2014)—but one of Crimson's most challenging guitar pieces ever, performed during a handful of shows in 2016 and even fewer at the start of the 2017 tour. It may be, along with music from Lizard, one of the Crimson compositions that fans have been most eager to hear interpreted by either the seven or eight-piece band. At this point, the only hope is that it will be included in the upcoming live release...or, if not, then perhaps on a subsequent one.

But this disappointment aside, Fripp—like the rest of his band mates—performed with even greater freedom and improvisational élan than on any of the 2014-2016 tours. His solo during both nights' "Easy Money" drew rounds of applause. Jakszyk had expressed the hope, in a conversation back in 2015, that he'd be able to encourage Fripp to perform "Prince Rupert's Lament," an elegiac piece where Fripp's sustaining guitar lines are supported by a simple bass and mallet-driven tom tom ostinato; in Toronto, Jakszyk could be seen watching Fripp during the entire piece with a big smile on his face. Sometimes wishes can come true.

And, for any who've seen the group multiple times on multiple tours since Fripp brought Crimson back into active duty in 2013, in preparation for its first US tour since 2008, many, many dreams have come true.

With four-fifths of In the Court of the Crimson King and significant portions of In the Wake of Poseidon, Lizard and Islands being heard by fans for the first time since the '70s (for the younger ones, the first time ever); with all of Red's composed tracks available to the setlist and much of Larks' Tongues in Aspic; and selected pieces from Discipline, Beat, THRAK, The ConstruKction of Light and The Power to Believe also making appearances, what's most exciting about the current Double Quartet Formation of Crimson is, beyond its actual performances, that there is still plenty of material yet to be culled from all of those albums and more, along with an album's worth of new material already being performed and, hopefully more to come.

How long this version of King Crimson will continue is uncertain; but, then, isn't that true of the best things in life? Certainly, for fans of King Crimson's rich and varied discography and a lineup that clearly is the most enjoyable one Fripp has, for himself, put together since, perhaps, the group's very earliest days, with plenty of dreams already a reality, there are plenty more still to be fulfilled.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of DGM Live

Part 1 | Part 2


Related Video

comments powered by Disqus

Related Articles

Read Jamie Cullum and Joss Stone at Stuttgart Jazz Open 2018 Live Reviews
Jamie Cullum and Joss Stone at Stuttgart Jazz Open 2018
by Phillip Woolever
Published: July 22, 2018
Read Gov’t Mule, The Avett Brothers and Magpie Salute At The Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater Live Reviews
Gov’t Mule, The Avett Brothers and Magpie Salute At...
by Mike Perciaccante
Published: July 21, 2018
Read Athens Aqua Jazz Festival 2018 Live Reviews
Athens Aqua Jazz Festival 2018
by Francesco Martinelli
Published: July 14, 2018
Read Hot Sugar at Jazz Cafe Montparnasse Live Reviews
Hot Sugar at Jazz Cafe Montparnasse
by Martin McFie
Published: July 14, 2018
Read Festival International De Jazz De Montréal 2018: Part 2 Live Reviews
Festival International De Jazz De Montréal 2018:...
by Mark Sullivan
Published: July 13, 2018
Read Django Festival in Fontainbleu Live Reviews
Django Festival in Fontainbleu
by Martin McFie
Published: July 13, 2018
Read "Curtis Brothers At Scullers" Live Reviews Curtis Brothers At Scullers
by Steve Provizer
Published: February 28, 2018
Read "Boston Celebration: The Legacy of Bob Brookmeyer" Live Reviews Boston Celebration: The Legacy of Bob Brookmeyer
by Doug Hall
Published: March 13, 2018
Read "7 Mile House Jazz Festival 2018" Live Reviews 7 Mile House Jazz Festival 2018
by Walter Atkins
Published: March 25, 2018
Read "Punkt Festival 2017" Live Reviews Punkt Festival 2017
by Henning Bolte
Published: September 17, 2017