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Donny McCaslin: Blow

Read "Blow" reviewed by Roger Farbey

At first listen, Blow sounds more like a rock album than a jazz one. The catchy “What About The Body" could arguably be mistaken for one of King Crimson's more vituperative numbers featuring Adrian Belew. Ryan Dahle's emotionally-charged vocals are equally at the forefront of the explosive “Club Kidd." But the selection also includes three instrumental ...

Brand X: Locked & Loaded

Read "Locked & Loaded" reviewed by John Kelman

There are a great many bands whose lineups have been so fluid that keeping track of who was in the band when is no mean feat. Few bands have, however, had as complicated a history as Brand X. Even in its latest re-reincarnation, there's been a lineup shift between the high octane fusion group's January, 2017 ...

King Crimson: Live In Vienna, December 1st, 2016 (UK Edition)

Read "Live In Vienna, December 1st, 2016 (UK Edition)" reviewed by John Kelman

Another year, another live King Crimson set? True, perhaps. But since reforming in a slightly shifting but conceptually constant form in 2013 to begin touring in the fall of the following year, the band's forward-looking, ever-growing repertoire of new music and revisitation of old music (from across its nearly half century career) made new again has ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

King Crimson: Sailors' Tales 1970-1972

Read "Sailors' Tales 1970-1972" reviewed by John Kelman

If it's a fundamental truth that adversity can sometimes bring the absolute best, creatively speaking, out of music and the people who make it, then the roughly 23 months following the release of King Crimson's classic 1969 debut, In the Court of the Crimson King (Island)--and, after a single North American tour, the breakup of its ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

King Crimson: Official Bootleg: Live in Chicago, June 28th, 2017

Read "Official Bootleg: Live in Chicago, June 28th, 2017" reviewed by John Kelman

As many King Crimson fans eagerly await the November release of its latest 40th Anniversary Series box set--this time spanning the years 1970 through 1972, when saxophonist/flautist Mel Collins was a constant alongside band co-founder/guitarist Robert Fripp for three studio albums (1970's In the Wake of Poseidon and Lizard, and 1971's Islands) and one live album ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

King Crimson at Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier / Massey Hall

Read "King Crimson at Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier / Massey Hall" reviewed by John Kelman

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An Evening with King Crimson
Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier / Massey Hall
Le Festival International de Jazz de Montréal / Non-Festival Event
Montréal, Canada / Toronto, Canada
July 3, 2017 / July 5, 2017

Having covered the reunited, refreshed and reinvigorated “seven-headed Beast of ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Adrian Belew Power Trio at Ardmore Music Hall

Read "Adrian Belew Power Trio at Ardmore Music Hall" reviewed by Geno Thackara

The Adrian Belew Power Trio
Ardmore Music Hall
Ardmore, PA
May 6, 2017

Like so much of life, music is really a work in progress that never stops changing. Adrian Belew has always been one to live by the idea rather than follow it--he's best known for an extended tenure in ...

EchoTest: From Two Balconies

Read "From Two Balconies" reviewed by Geno Thackara

When is a bass duo not a bass duo? For Julie Slick and Marco Machera, the general answer is “whenever we want." Technically they're both electric bassists foremost, but that's far from the only tool in their box. The bottom end was prominent when they first joined forces on Fourth Dementia (self-produced, 2014), but already there ...

Bandit 65: Bandit 65

Read "Bandit 65" reviewed by Geno Thackara

It's not unheard of for groups to include drums without a bass as rhythmic partner, though the rest of the players may sometimes be surprised how much they miss that anchor (which is easy to take for granted after all). A small combo has a couple basic options for working around that absence. They can have ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

On (and Off) The Road

Read "On (and Off) The Road" reviewed by John Kelman

Sometimes the best music--and some of the best bands--are those that come from the most difficult of births. When King Crimson co-founder/guitarist Robert Fripp had the idea for a new band after dissolving the last incarnation of the '70s-era Crimson lineups seven years prior, it was a completely new concept and, with the exception of returning ...