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The Mastelottos
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A Romantic's Guide To King Crimson
Review by Gary Hill
The core of this group is Pat Mastelotto (King Crimson drummer) and his wife Deborah. They are joined by a whole host of musicians here.

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Review by Grant Hill
Interview with Pat Mastelotto from 2012
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Pat Mastelotto
Review by Gary Hill

Interview with Pat Mastelotto from 2017


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King Crimson
Review by Gary Hill
Interview with Pat Mastelotto of King Crimson from 2009
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Stick Men - Absalom
Review by Grant Hill
Stick Men is a unique power trio. Founded by legendary and still cutting edge bassist / Chapman Stick artist, Tony Levin, Stick Men continues to expand the horizons of modern progressive music.

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King Crimson - Audio Diary 2014-2018
Review by Gary Hill

This new five-CD collection is pretty amazing. I've said before, and will repeat it here, that this new version of King Crimson might well be the best lineup they've had, particularly in terms of live shows.


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Sylvian/Fripp - Damage
Review by Jason Hillenburg
Robert Fripp's collaborations in the late 1980s and early 1990s with David Sylvian, in retrospect, clearly laid the groundwork for King Crimson's album Thrak.

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Stick Men - Deep
Review by Gary Hill
I really like Stick Men. Sometimes their music can be hard to describe, though.

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Specimen13 - Echosystem EP
Review by Gary Hill
This is an EP that’s tied to a graphic novel.

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King Crimson - Eyes Wide Open DVD
Review by Julie Knispel
Following two plus years as a “double trio,” and nearly two years of fractionalization through a series of ProjeKCts, King Crimson returned to active duty in 2000 as a streamlined quartet with the album The ConstruKCtion of Light. A second album in this newer “double duo” format titled The Power to Believe, followed in 2003.
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King Crimson - Happy With What You Have To Be Happy With
Review by Julie Knispel
Happy With What you Have to be Happy With was the second consecutive EP release from King Crimson, and presented a look at additional material that would, along with the instrumentals presented on the Level Five EP, form the majority of the band’s (at the time) forthcoming studio album The Power To Believe.
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King Crimson - Heroes EP
Review by Gary Hill
This new EP from King Crimson is intriguing. It's bookended by their take on a David Bowie classic (the full version and a single edit). 

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King Crimson - In the Court of King Crimson written by Sid Smith
Review by Steve Alspach
Few bands in progressive rock have a more colorful past than King Crimson. As Sid Smith says in the preface, the history of King Crimson is the "triumph of spirit over adversity. And sometimes the triumph of adversity."
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King Crimson - Level Five
Review by Julie Knispel
Following the “research and development” phase that was the ProjeKCts, King Crimson resumed its most recent return to recording and performance. Having jettisoned Bill Bruford (who returned to primarily jazz playing via Earthworks) and Tony Levin (who returned to live work with long time collaborator Peter Gabriel), Crimson recorded and released the more electronic album The ConstruKCtion of Light in 2000.
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TU - Live From Russia
Review by Grant Hill
Russia bears mystery and curious allure to many advanced musicians from the West.

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King Crimson - Live in Birmingham, England in September 2015
Review by John Pierpoint

I had never seen the mighty King Crimson play live before - not surprising, as I was only ten years old when the band last played my home town in 1974!


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Stick Men - Live in Buffalo, New York, October 2011
Review by Grant Hill

The excellent “Two of a Perfect Trio” tour was a well-publicized and equally well received series of concerts featuring the bands of King Crimson legends Tony Levin and Adrian Belew.


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King Crimson - Live in Chicago
Review by Gary Hill

King Crimson has one of the most interesting and complicated histories in all of progressive rock. The lineup is one of the most dynamic, too.


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King Crimson - Live in Vienna
Review by Gary Hill
It seems that there is quite a bit of live material being released from this version of King Crimson. That's a great thing because this line-up might be the best ever.

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Tuner - Muut: Live in Estonia 2007
Review by Gary Hill
This live recording of Trey Gunn’s grouping Tuner is quite intriguing.
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King Crimson - Neal and Jack and Me DVD
Review by Julie Knispel
King Crimson’s ‘return to the throne’ in the 1980’s must have been viewed with a degree of skepticism. The band made a name for themselves in the 1970’s with their dark blend of symphonic grandeur and intense heaviness, mixed with an improvisational spirit that would drive them to push every song and performance into parts unknown.
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Stick Men - Open
Review by Gary Hill
Anyone who has heard anything from Stick men will know what to expect here.

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Tuner - Pole
Review by Gary Hill
Wow, as strange as this CD is, I love it! A collaboration between Markus Reuter and King Crimson’s Pat Mastellotto, this thing conveys a dark sort of progressive rock that is very much focused on textures.
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Stick Men - Prog Noir
Review by Gary Hill
This band is really coming into its own.

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KTU - Quiver
Review by Gary Hill
KTU is Trey Gunn, Kimmo Pohjonen and Pat Mastelotto.
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O.R.k. - Ramagehead
Review by Gary Hill
This is a unique and quite intriguing album. It's likely to make my best of 2019 list.

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Pat Mastelotto - Recidivate
Review by Grant Hill
This double CD compilation is an interesting and unique collage of multiple percussive styles given to a wide palette of genres and colors therein.

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Adrian Benavides - Same Time Next Life
Review by Gary Hill
There is definitely an industrial sort of vibe to this cut. In fact, a lot of it seems close to Tool or even Nine Inch Nails.

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Stick Men - Stick Men + - Midori
Review by Gary Hill
This is a double disc set. I believe that it was also released at one point in time as two single disc sets.

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King Crimson - The Collectable King Crimson, Vol. 3: Live in London, Pts. 1-2 1996
Review by Gary Hill
I’ve never had the chance to see King Crimson live. I really regret that.

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King Crimson - The Construkction of Light
Review by Gary Hill
King Crimson has always been an enigmatic group. The band has basically had three previous incarnations; '60's/'70's, '80's and the '90's versions.
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King Crimson - The Power To Believe
Review by Gary Hill
Since its formation in the late 1960's King Crimson has never been content to stay in one musical place. They were one of the pioneers of progressive rock, and under the guidance of band leader Robert Fripp they have gone through many changes, both in terms of musical style and lineup.

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King Crimson - Thrak
Review by Gary Hill
When King Crimson reformed after the 80s period, there were definitely elements of that period still present in their sound. 

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Tuner - Totem
Review by Gary Hill
This is the first disc that was released by Tuner – a collaboration of Pat Mastelotto (King Crimson) and Markus Reuter (Centrozoon). 
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King Crimson - VROOOM
Review by Julie Knispel
10 years following the dissolution of King Crimson following a trilogy of world and gamelan influenced albums, the band quietly rejoined forces in a small studio in Woodstock New York to create a new band and a new sound.
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Stick Men - With Gary Husband - Owari
Review by Gary Hill
Stick Men consistently put out quality material. So, the fact that this album is a strong as it is should be no surprise.

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California Guitar Trio - with Tony Levin and Pat Mastelotto-Live At The Key Club
Review by Steve Alspach
On February 3, 2001, the California Guitar Trio played in Hollywood's Key Club. Fortunately, they also had the stellar rhythm section of Tony Levin and Pat Mastelotto to accompany them.
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