Saturday, April 11, 2009

Robert Fripp

Ever since the first time I heard King Crimson I have been a huge fan of Robert Fripp.
Listed as one of the top guitarists, his Avant-garde, cutting edge, progressive styling was music to my heart.

Beginning his career with a backup group called The League of Gentlemen, he performed behind many American singers who were touring Europe. Soon he formed a band with Michael and Pete Giles, releasing one album under the name of Giles, Giles & Fripp. After the release of The Cheerful Insanity of Giles, Giles and Fripp, Fripp and Michael Giles (drums, percussion) were joined by Ian McDonald (flute, clarinet, sax, vibe, keyboards, mellotron, vocals), Gregg Lake (bass guitar, lead vocals) forming King Crimson, releasing their first album, In the Court of the Crimson King, in 1969

Over the ensuing years, until the band was disbanded for the first time in 1974, King Crimson saw many changes in personnel, but Robert Fripp was the mainstay in the band.

Robert has also worked with other artists such as Brian Eno, Darryl Hall (Hall & Oates), Andy Summers (The Police), David Syvian (the band Japan) and Peter Gabriel (early Genesis and solo carrier).

Along with his progressive rock and jazz work Robert also has another forte, Frippertronics. Using tape looping and other electronic effects he produces ambient soundscapes which can take you drifting off into space. He is also know as a gifted speaker.

Tonight, after this long break waiting for Splashcast to settle down, I bring you the sounds of Robert Fripp, in chronological order [kind of]. The show is divided into two parts tonight – the first being his rock styling and the second Frippertronics




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