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Travis & Fripp: Discretion

Haunting live performances from this high-calibre duo.

This is the fourth work from the enduring collaboration between the resurgent King Crimson linchpin and Theo Travis, the in-demand saxophone virtuoso.

The high-class, high-resolution recordings that make up this CD/DVD-A set were made at concerts in Cornwall, Barcelona, Madrid and Rome as the duo played select dates across Europe in 2010. Needless to say, it’s a quality affair – Fripp’s textured, haunting fretwork and Travis’ enigmatic, beautifully expressive winds blend to create music just crying out to be called ‘sonic tapestries’. These ambient, abstract and exquisitely coloured pieces are bookended by interpretations of sections from Crimson’s The Power To Believe, and the tone varies between meditative (Soaring And Gliding, A Careful Distance) and menacing (Rotary Symmetrical, Refract). The bonus tracks, mixed by Steven Wilson, are the warbling, wobbling guitar piece Forgotten Days, and the pair’s improvisation on Rhapsody On The Theme From Starless. Much like this entire hour of music, these are mesmerising and compelling.

Grant Moon is the News Editor for Prog and has been a contributor to the magazine since its launch in 2009. A music journalist for over 20 years, Grant writes regularly for titles including Classic Rock and Total Guitar, and his CV also includes stints as a radio producer/presenter and podcast host. His first book, 'Big Big Train - Between The Lines', is out now through Kingmaker Publishing.