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Out Now: David Cross and Peter Banks ‘Crossover,’ a Collaborative LP from King Crimson and Yes Icons (Listen)

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This one’s for the prog-rock enthusiasts — especially those who dig Yes and King Crimson. Today, a special album was released by David Cross and Peter Banks, featuring material recorded by the King Crimson electric violinist and original Yes guitarist, who passed away in 2013.

The album, Crossover, combines violin and guitar parts recorded by the pair of musicians in August 2010 after what a news release calls “an afternoon of improvisation.” Said Cross:

“The response from the guest musicians was truly wonderful in the way that they gave their time and talent to this project and I would like to thank them on behalf of Pete and myself. They were asked to ‘interpret the music as freely and creatively as you wish’ and they have turned in incredibly skilled and inspiring performances which were not easy given the improvised nature of the starting material and the spontaneity of the structures.”

Cross and his crew secured some guest appearances on the record, which spans eight songs and nearly 50 minutes of sprawling, epic music:

Pat Mastelotto
Tony Kaye
Billy Sherwood
Randy Raine-Reusch
Andy Jackson
Oliver Wakeman
Jay Schellen
Jeremy Stacey
Geoff Downes

This record from David Cross and Peter Banks is truly special, and Cross said he feels Banks would be proud of the end result:

“When I recall the original recording session with Pete I remember his fresh almost naïve approach, his positive energy and his constant and restless search for something new. It was a joy to know Pete Banks and an honour and a privilege to play with him: I think he would be pleased with the way our album turned out.”

Stream Crossover below, via Spotify:

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