Ian Sie­gal

OnE niGht in Am­s­tEr­dAm

Guitar Techniques - - MUSIC REVIEWS -

Nugene Records

As you may well guess from the ti­tle this al­bum is a live record­ing from Ian Sie­gal and his band taken from their show at North Sea Jazz Club last year. And it’s a bril­liant per­for­mance from all con­cerned. This is not Sie­gal’s first live al­bum but it is the band’s new per­cus­sion­ist-led line-up. Three drum­mers in the front line (Gavin Har­ri­son, Pat Mastelotto and Bill Rieflin) add choreographed thun­der to the back­line of Robert Fripp and Jakko Jak­szyk (gui­tars), bassist Tony Levin and sax and flute player Mel Collins as they pound their way through Crim­son tracks old and new. The digi-pack com­prises two discs: a straight CD plus a DVD-A con­tain­ing high res­o­lu­tion 24/96 au­dio ver­sions of clas­sics like Star­less, plus never pre­vi­ously per­formed live ren­der­ings of Sailor’s Tale and The Let­ters, where new Crim mem­ber Jakko’s vo­cal gets the chance to shine. At 41 mins in length, the CD of­fers only a glimpse of the new line-up’s po­ten­tial, but if this is any­thing to go by, it could ac­tu­ally be the strong­est Crim­son yet!

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