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Travis & Fripp: Between the Silence

Read "Between the Silence" reviewed by John Kelman

Having reformed in 2013 with its distinctive three-drummer frontline and hitting the road for the first time in over a decade the following year, King Crimson's guitarist/keyboardist and only remaining original member Robert Fripp is another example of a musician in his senior years maintaining a more active schedule than, perhaps, at any other time in his career. With the group gigging extensively every year since, Fripp has also been busy, between tours, overseeing a growing catalog of live audio ...

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Robert Fripp: Across Four Decades with Brian Eno and Theo Travis

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In a professional career now approaching 50 years, guitarist Robert Fripp may be at his most visible when he's finding that “way of doing things" that necessitates the return of his flagship King Crimson--its recently revived and revitalized seven-piece, three-drummer lineup completing its 20-date American debut tour in early October 2014, including two exhilarating nights at San Francisco's Warfield Theatre. It was so successful--and, perhaps most importantly, so enjoyable--for the 68 year-old co-founder of the group that shook the world ...

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Travis & Fripp: Follow

Read "Follow" reviewed by John Kelman

The potential of the improvising duo has been tremendously extended thanks to the seemingly limitless possibilities of technology. King Crimson co-founder/guitarist Robert Fripp has always been on the cutting edge of that technology, whether in the context of his now-deserted flagship group, on his groundbreaking duo recordings with Brian Eno or alone, with his series of “guitar as orchestra" solo recordings, first with the tape loop-driven Frippertronics, and now, for nearly the past quarter century, with his Soundscapes recordings. Saxophonist/flautist ...

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The Wine of Silence (with Andrew Keeling and David Singleton)

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It's strange how things sometimes come around full circle...well, almost. After helping to define symphonic prog with King Crimson and the seminal In the Court of the Crimson King (DGM Live, 1969)--mellotrons screaming instead of a real orchestras swirling--the rigors of the road, and keeping a band together, caused co-founder/guitarist Robert Fripp to desert such problems entirely by 1975. He began touring with fellow sonic explorer Brian Eno in support of their groundbreakers No Pussyfooting (DGM Live, 1973) and Evening ...

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Jakszyk, Fripp & Collins: A Scarcity of Miracles

Read "A Scarcity of Miracles" reviewed by John Kelman

It's been the subject of much discussion. The closest thing to a King Crimson record, after founder/guitarist Robert Fripp closed up shop on the brief 40th Anniversary tour? Hardly. A Scarcity of Miracles may be called “A King Crimson ProjeKct" on the cover, but there's little to link the music to any of King Crimson's past lives. Or is there? With four of A Scarcity of Miracles' participants past Crims--Fripp; drummer Gavin Harrison, from the 2008 tour; ...

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Fripp & Eno: No Pussyfooting / Evening Star

Read "Fripp & Eno: No Pussyfooting / Evening Star" reviewed by John Kelman

Few artists think they're doing something momentous, something that can change the landscape of music.  Most just follow their instincts, follow their ears, do what they do, and sometimes the result goes far beyond any expectations, personal or otherwise. When King Crimson co-founder/guitarist Robert Fripp brought his pedal board to Roxy Music keyboardist Brian Eno's home studio on September 8, 1972, hooked himself up to two Revox reel-to-reel tape recorders and, utilizing this primitive, pre-digital approach to looping, ...

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Travis & Fripp: Thread

Read "Thread" reviewed by John Kelman

The question of who first took snippets of music and created repetitive loops could be argued until the cows come home; looking to classical composers like Terry Riley, Steve Reich and Karlheinz Stockhausen or, in the jazz sphere, producer Teo Macero and his landmark collage work with Miles Davis would be good starting points. In the realm of real-time looping as an improvisational device, however, it's much clearer. When King Crimson co-founder/guitarist Robert Fripp and Ambient music progenitor Brian Eno ...


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