Larks and sparks as King Crim­son and VdGG vets col­lab­o­rate.

Prog - - The Musical Box - SS

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.

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