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Written by Otohiko

This is a record Iíve been coming back to often over the last few months, largely because itís so free-flowing and exploratory. There is a lot of long, sorrowful sweeps here, but theyíre not intense - they come and go at leisure, and Robert does his share at convincing the audience relax and take it as a natural background to whatever theyíre doing. The result is music that doesnít hurry to say anything directly, instead winding its way through textures and harmonies freely. For poignancy and power, you may be best advised to look elsewhere in soundscapes, but if you just want to hear Robert happily at work in an improv setting, you canít do much better than this. Oh, and the Q&A, along with Robertís rather amusing introduction (which actually comes almost a third of the way through the performance) are a fun bonus - the guitarist is seems to be in good spirits and the audience likewise shows lots of respect. This is probably a unique recording if you are interested in soundscapes recorded with responsive audience - on other releases, this response is usually omitted. Here, meanwhile, you can definitely get a glimpse at what was definitely a very interactive and productive evening.


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Improvscapes   Tue., Feb 15, 2011
Posted by: Otohiko
This is a record Iíve been coming back to often over the last few months, largely because itís so free-flowing and exploratory. There is a lot of long, sorrowful sweeps here, but theyíre not intense - they come and go Read more

Fan Review
Sadness has his own intent.   Mon., Feb 8, 2010
Posted by: Armand
There are more waves with a sorrowful timbre than usual in other soundscapes, and that makes this download so beautiful. The soundquality is also very good, and the little disturbance on some places is not irritant at Read more

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Excellent music, fantastic value!   Fri., Feb 5, 2010
Posted by: AndyFox
Ethereal, with an edge! The Q&A was a welcome bonus. A fantasitic bargin at six quid (ish) Sound quality was excellent. Read more

Fan Review
   Chicago, IL, USA   January 12, 1998
Posted by: jfitzgerald
living in the chicago area, i consider myself privilaged to have been able to see crimson 4 times at the park west theater. my first concert ever was seeing crimson on the first thrak tour at the rosemont theater, with Read more

Fan Review
Very good indeed   Tue., Feb 2, 2010
Posted by: paulwelsh
Iíll second Mr Flahertyís comments on the sound. The most noticeable distortion is on the most violent sections of the music towards the end and to me it actually adds Read more

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A Special Night   Tue., Feb 2, 2010
Posted by: mflaherty
In a recent piece for DGM, I mentioned how wonderful this particular evening of soundscapes was.  I am, of course, delighted to see this same performance become available. In honesty, I actually expected, after 12 years, to be Read more

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