DAVID CROSS & DAVID JACKSON
Larks and sparks as King Crimson and VdGG vets collaborate.
When your previous credits include Larks’ Tongues…-era King Crimson and Van der Graaf Generator, two of the most revered bands in progressive music, expectations about what you do next are always going to be high. Yet with enough experience under their belts since their respective departures from those esteemed musical institutions, Cross and Jackson have little to prove to anyone. Their rapport means notions of ego are put aside in order to concentrate on enjoying a richly varied collaboration. There’s a playful quality in pieces such as Predator and Breaking Bad, in which sax and violin play cat and mouse with bassist Mick Paul and drummer Craig Blundell’s stop-start backing. A tightknit quartet excelling in solid, rock-dominated excursions, at the heart of their work together is a focus on the texture of the music as much as the actual notes. Though there are no particular surprises, Another Day’s expansive production delivers plenty of likeable, anthemic moments that play well to each of the principal’s strengths, with Jackson’s saxes spitting grit and gold as Cross’s vapour-trail melodies provide emotional and ethereal contrast.