AMN Reviews: Fripp & Eno – Live in Paris May 28, 1975

71wZrqnWZtL._SX450_By Dan Coffey

What’s more exciting than the onslaught of King Crimson merchandise, including the 27-CD “Starless” box set? The 3CD Fripp & Eno live performance in Paris on May 28, 1975. Live in Paris 28.05.1975 is a study in contradictions. Soothing and terrifying, smooth and rough around the edges.

One can’t review a live performance consisting of the material from Fripp & Eno’s first two albums, No Pussyfooting (1972) and Evening Star (1975) without first becoming conversant with those albums. Both of these albums consist of audio tape being run through two loops, each controlled by Eno, while Fripp plays guitar both onto the tape as Eno is manipulating it, as well as “live.”  No Pussyfooting comes on like a mental massage if you’re wearing headphones, with its lead in track, “The Heavenly Music Corporation.” Eventually, Fripp forgoes using his and Eno’s effects to make his guitar experimentation sound pretty, and rips into some deliciously evil sounds. The other side of the original No Pussyfooting album is a track titled “Swastika Girls,” which is somewhat off-putting due to Eno’s over-use of found sounds to add to his tape loop. It’s as if he didn’t have enough faith in the process to leave well enough alone.

No Pussyfooting was a milestone for both members of the duo: it sent Eno on his lifelong trip of making ambient music, and, although, Fripp held onto King Crimson for several more years, he learned that he could function musically as a “small, intelligent, mobile unit.” Many of the critics loved No Pussyfooting when it came out; “discerning” listeners, and King Crimson fans especially, hated it.  “The Heavenly Music Corporation” was used as “walk on” music during King Crimson’s later tours; by many accounts, the band, sans Fripp, hated it. (You can hear it on the beginning of the live Crimson album USA.)

There is a commitment in listening. It’s Fripp without a floor; that is to say, there’s no band to underpin his diabolical shreds and riffs. Just Eno with his sonic clouds and mirrors. In 1975, the year that this live recording took place, Fripp and Eno’s second album was released. It consisted of shorter songs, and a somewhat gentler tone – the loop felt more like a wash of sound.

The live album, out now in November, throws much of what we know about Fripp and Eno on its ear. The softness of the tunes performed from Evening Star are made into wholly different pieces of music, due to Fripp’s particularly abrasive guitar playing, matched by Eno’s savage tape manipulation, and his interesting looped found spoken word samples. Much of the first two albums are represented here, but the meat of the show is the improvisational pieces such as “A Fearful Proper Din,” and “A Darn Psi Inferno.”

If you loved the first two Fripp and Eno albums, you owe it to yourself to check this set out. If they left you wanting more King Crimson – more Fripp – I’d venture to say that Fripp is as engaging, enthralling, and terrifying here as he is with any Crimson album. Perhaps more so, because there’s nobody else there onstage to soften the brunt. Just Eno, and he only takes the brunt and amplifies it. Essential listening no matter how one feels about Fripp and Eno. This is live, warts and all, with no studio time to smooth out the rough spots.

Chicago Scene: November 8-19, 2014

Paal Nilssen-Love
Paal Nilssen-Love (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is a weekly overview live avant performances in the Chicago area.  Contact us if you’d like your shows listed.

Saturday, November 8th 2014

8:00PM at Graham Foundation (Madlener House), 4 W Burton Pl (Free, RSVP {})
Robert A A Lowe

9:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($10)
Jason Roebke Octet : Keefe Jackson, Dave Rempis, Greg Ward, Jeb Bishop, Jason Stein, Jason Roebke, Jason Adasiewicz, Mike Reed

Sunday, November 9th 2014

6:00PM at the Hideout, 1354 W Wabansia, 773.227.4433 (Free)
Ryan Muncy, Claire Chase

7:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($12)
The Virgil Moorefield Pocket Orchestra : Vicky Chow, Ian Ding, Taylor Levine, Virgil Moorefield, Will Robbins, Max Zappe

9:00PM-12:00AM at Norman’s Bistro, 1001 E 43rd, 773.966.5821 (Free)
Jazz jam with Ernest Dawkins, Dennis Luxion, Isaiah Spencer, Devin Foster

10:00PM at the Hungry Brain, 2319 W Belmont, 773.709.1401 ($7) (wheelchair-accessible)
Keefe Jackson, Jason Stein, Jason Roebke

Monday, November 10th 2014

7:00PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western (Free)
JulieAnn Graham, Ben Boye, James Falzone, Jessie Marasa, Peter Maunu, Brian Shaw
Charles Rumback, Bill MacKay, Dustin Laurenzi, Jason Stein

9:00PM at Beat Kitchen, 2100 W Belmont, 773.281.4444 (wheelchair-accessible)
Extraordinary Popular Delusions : Jim Baker, Ed Wilkerson Jr, Brian Sandstrom, Steve Hunt

Tuesday, November 11th 2014

9:30PM at The Whistler, 2421 N Milwaukee (wheelchair-accessible)
David Boykin Expanse

Wednesday, November 12th 2014

9:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western (Free)
Nick Broste Trio with Keefe Jackson, Anton Hatwich
Sound Of The City Workshop

Friday, November 14th 2014

7:00PM at Tritriangle, 1550 N Milwaukee, 3rd Fl
Sult : Jacob Felix Heule, Guro Skumsnes Moe, Håvard Skaset
Jim Baker, Brian Labycz, Aaron Zarzutzki, Julian Kirschner
Graham Stephenson, Albert Wildeman, KG Price

9:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($10)
Quinn Tsan
Kelsey Wild

Saturday, November 15th 2014

7:30PM at Jackson Junge Gallery, 1389 N Milwaukee, 773.227.7900 ($60)
Dal Niente: Party 2014
Ensemble Dal Niente — music by Ted Hearne, Johannes Kreidler, Beat Furrer, David Lang, Franco Donatoni, Chris Fisher-Lochhead, Ashley Fure, George Lewis, Natacha Diels, Alex Mincek, Augusta Read Thomas, Alex Lunsqui, Thomas Ades, John Adams

9:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western (Free)
ICE : Levy Lorenzo, Ross Karre, Nathan Davis — music by Alvin Lucier, Nathan Davis, Levy Lorenzo, Vinko Globokar, Natacha Diels

Sunday, November 16th 2014

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western (Free)
Illinois Modern Ensemble with Agata Zubel, Malgorzata Walentynowicz, Stephen Taylor

Monday, November 17th 2014

9:00PM at Beat Kitchen, 2100 W Belmont, 773.281.4444 (wheelchair-accessible)
Extraordinary Popular Delusions : Jim Baker, Ed Wilkerson Jr, Brian Sandstrom, Steve Hunt

Tuesday, November 18th 2014

10:00PM at The Whistler, 2421 N Milwaukee (wheelchair-accessible)
Keefe Jackson, Anton Hatwich, Avreeayl Ra

Wednesday, November 19th 2014

9:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western (Free)
Frode Gjerstad Trio with Jon Rune Strøm, Paal Nilssen-Love, guest Steve Swell
Sound Of The City Workshop

10:30PM at Honky Tonk BBQ, 1213 W 18th, 312.907.7895
Keefe Jackson Trio with Mikel Avery, Jason Roebke

For more information, such as show times and directions, as well as upcoming performances, see:

Monsieur Délire Reviews

From Monsieur Délire:

PHIL HAYNES & NO FAST FOOD / In Concert (CornerStoreJazz)
PRIMUS / Primus & the Chocolate Factory with the Fungi Ensemble (ATO/Prawn Song)
MARBIN / The Third Set (Moonjune)
GILLES AUBRY / The Amplification of Souls (ADOCS Verlag)
RASHIED AL AKBAR, MUHAMMAD ALI, EARL CROSS & IDRIS ACKAMOOR / Ascent of the Nether Creatures (No Business)
JACK DUPON / Les ronfleurs dorment: “le film” (Musea)

DMG Newsletter November 7th, 2014

From DMG:

Alex Von Schlippenbach/Aki Takase All-Star Tribute to Eric Dolphy! Karen Mantler/Doug Weiselman/Kato Hideki! Two from Keith Rowe! Acid Mothers Temple Trio! Nazoranai III: Haino Keji/Oren Ambarchi/Stephen O’Malley! Steve Lacy Solo Sax 2 CD Set!

Ten Great Discs from Makigami Koichi & Members of Hikashu! Pre-Cambria Clarinet Quartet with Umezu! Spider Trio With Wally Shoup! Radian & Howe Gelb! Thomas Newman & Rick Cox! Michael Jon Fink! Ashley Paul!

Plus Archival Discs from: Sun Ra Arkestra! Lou Reed! Patti Smith Group! The Blues Project! The Flying Burrito Brothers! MPS Reissues from Sun Ra! Elvin Jones! Volker Kriegel! Jim Hall! Joe Henderson! Field Recordings & Photographs from the Lomaxes! Skullflower! Two from Merzbow & Z’ev!


The DMG Free In-Store Music Schedule Continues with:

Sunday, November 9th:

Sunday, November 30th:

Sunday December 7th:
6pm: MICHAEL FOSTER & Friends!

Los Angeles New Music Group wild Up Profiled

From the Independent:

Since its founding four years ago, the L.A.-based musicians’ collective has become a significant force for new music and avant-garde approaches to programming. The ensemble formed a solid relationship early on with the Hammer Museum. Last year, opportunities opened that included gigs at REDCAT, Zipper Hall, and the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles. This past April, wild Up performed in the Walt Disney Concert Hall with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and special guests included John Adams, the International Contemporary Orchestra, the Calder Quartet, and Shara Worden. This summer found wild Up in Reykjavík for a concert and recording session with the all-female Icelandic choir Graduale Nobili.

Coming to the Vortex

The Dalston Culture House now houses the Vorte...
The Dalston Culture House now houses the Vortex Jazz Club. 

From London’s Vortex Jazz Club:

Tue 11 November 2014Meetings With Remarkable Saxophonists Book now
Evan Parker / John Edwards / Eddie Prévost
8:00pm – 11:00pm @ Vortex Jazz Club
Following the critical acclaim for drummer Eddie Prévost’s bold series of recorded concerts in 2011, join us for this unique monthly live series, revisiting the Meetings With Remarkable Saxophonists recordings and discovering how the music has evolved. Evan Parker tenor…

Thu 13 November 2014
8:00pm – 11:00pm @ Vortex Jazz Club
A tribute of one bass legend to another: this welcome, but all too rare, visit by Paul Rogers on bespoke 7 string bass, with Robin Fincker (saxophone, clarinet) and Fabien Duscombs (drums), celebrates the launch of their new album on…

Sun 16 November 2014EFG London Jazz Festival
8:00pm – 11:00pm @ Vortex Jazz Club
For their EFG London Jazz Festival show Mopomoso have programmed four sets of intrepid music from the freer end of things and are delighted to have an appearance of special guest Yoko Arai who is coming from Japan. Martin Speake…

Tue 18 November 2014EFG London Jazz Festival
Lafayette Gilchrist / Paul Dunmall / Mark Sanders
8:00pm – 11:00pm @ Vortex Jazz Club

Thu 20 November 2014
EFG London Jazz Festival Book now
Evan Parker / Sten Sandell / John Edwards / Paul Lytton
8:00pm – 11:00pm @ Vortex Jazz Club
Evan Parker’s monthly Vortex residency with the master of free improvisation. Tonight Parker is joined by Sten Sandell (piano), John Edwards (bass) and Paul Lytton (drums). ‘If you’ve ever been tempted by free improvisation, Parker is your gateway drug.’ Stewart…

Sat 22 November 2014EFG London Jazz Festival
Led Bib
8:00pm – 11:00pm @ Vortex Jazz Club