David Cross came to prominence in 1972 when he, John Wetton, Bill Bruford and Jamie Muir all responded to Robert Fripp's invitation to join his new version of King Crimson. Although all versions of the band have had their strengths and received great respect from the fans, this particular version of the band has gained a near mythic status over the years. Although Cross showed up occasionally on other recordings, such as Forever Blowing Bubbles with Clearlight Symphony, to his record buying fans he seemed to disappear for quite a long time. However, Cross was keeping himself quite busy in the world of theater. A little more than a decade later, Cross decided it was time to return to the world of recordings and released a number of albums on the Red Hot Records label before forming his own label, Noisy Records. Cross's next album will find him composing with former King Crimson lyricist, Richard W. Palmer-James, who wrote the lyrics for the Crimson albums Cross appeared on!
David Cross & Andrew Keeling/English Sun ....import CD $27.99
David Cross pioneered the electric violin in the groundbreaking King Crimson and has continued to push back the boundaries of the instrument in rock (David Cross Band) and improvised music (solo and in collaborations) performing and recording in Europe and Japan. Andrew Keeling has written music for Opus 20, Het Trio, The Hilliard Ensemble, The Apollo Saxophone Quartet, the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Evelyn Glennie, The Goldberg Ensemble, Fretwork, Virelai, Gothic Voices, Jacob Heringman, Matthew Wadsworth, Catherine King, Steven Wray and many others. He is the author of A Musical Guide to In the Court of the Crimson King (and plans to follow that up with A Musical Guide to Larks' Tongues in Aspic) and is an inspiring flautist. In English Sun, Cross and Keeling have created a beautiful, contemporary album inspired by their shared immersion in rock and western art music. The tracks are distinctive, ranging from the brittle, wind swept landscape of 'High Scree' to the deep baroque drama of 'Dido.' This is new music by anybody's standard and it extends and further defines the meaning of Electric Chamber Music.
David Cross Band/Alive in the Underworld ....import CD $27.99
"This incarnation of the David Cross Band initially came together for a trip to Japan in April 2005. In March 2006 the band played concerts at the Robin in Bilston, at the Stables in Milton Keynes and the Underworld in North London, where the nine live tracks (from King Crimson on up to today) on this album were recorded. The tenth track on this album points to the future Floodlights was recorded on a very hot afternoon in July 2005 at FrooSound, Mick's studio in Worthing. It makes use of a technique we used in King Crimson involving recording an improvisation and subsequently adding a vocal line and other parts to create a piece that has the best of both worlds the considered structure and coherence of composition with the spontaneity and boldness of improvisation." - David Cross Tracks include: Out of the Darkness, Nurse Insane, Learning Curve, Are We One?, Exiles, Tonk, I Buy Silence, Starless, 21st Century Schizoid Man, Floodlights.
David Cross/Closer than Skin ....import CD $24.99
In contrast to earlier David Cross CD's, mixing vocal and instrumental tracks 'Closer than Skin' was conceived from the start as a 'book of songs'. With music by David Cross and bassist Mick Paul the album's lyrics have been written by Richard Palmer-James who wrote the words for King Crimson's 'Larks Tongues in Aspic', 'Starless and Bible Black' and 'Red' albums. The album features newcomers Arch Stanton (a singer from Dublin who makes it all sound easy, negotiating the often difficult vocal lines with a relaxed sophistication) and Lloyd on drums (who underpins the everchanging musical scenario with a calm authority). The other musicians surviving from previous albums are David (prominent on electric violin), Paul Clark (on blazing rock guitar) and Mick (solid and singable) on bass. The contrasts evident in earlier work are drawn even more clearly in these songs, hard edged riffs sitting next to soft choruses, but the words of Richard Palmer-James constantly challenge our confidence in the persona presented. Identity is repeatedly confused so that we never know if the feelings are real or if they're 'Only Fooling' (track 4).
David Cross/Exiles ....CD $17.99
This is the brand new album by David Cross featuring such guests as Robert Fripp, John Wetton, Pete Sinfield and Peter Hammill! This album also features a new version of that classic King Crimson song, Exiles. David's version of 'Exiles' is also featured (along with Brand X and other artists) on the following tribute to King Crimson.
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