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Live At Coventry Cathedral [CD]

Theo Travis Audio CD
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The London-based saxophonist and composer Theo Travis has made a name for himself on the British jazz scene for his virtuosity and soulful style as well as his fine compositions. Born in Birmingham, Theo studied classical music at the University of Manchester whilst playing in various jazz and rock bands. He signed to 33 Records in 1993, has released various solo albums on the label. In Oct ... Read more in Amazon's Theo Travis Store

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  • Audio CD (29 Mar 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • ASIN: B00383XZH6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 67,561 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Apparent Chaos of Stone
2. Field of Green
3. The Unquestioned Answer
4. Blue Calm
5. Duet for the End of Time
6. The Offering
7. Angels in the Roof
8. Moonchild
9. Lamentation

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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Within The Cathedral Space 11 April 2010
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As close as you'll get if you were not there.
Duos, but you sense a third partner which is the cathedral space,
generating and modifying the sound of Fripp and Travis.
Not a straight re-visit of Fripp and Eno with No Pussyfooting, closer to Evening Star.
A most human record, the electronics used enhance the warmth in the playing.
Not cold like Tangerine Dream on their cathedral tour during 1975. (showing my age again !)
Rypdal - Garbarek territory with a just a pinch of Terry Riley.
Surmanesque at times - listen with an open mind.
A wonderful, relaxing Sunday morning record.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars NO PUSSYFOOTING 17 July 2011
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As one reviewer said"this is a Sunday Morning record"well it certainly is!!!
I am sitting here with my Mexicana cheese sandwich(Wholemeal) and a glass of sugar free Lemon Squash,totally absorbed in the sounds eminating from my CD player.
This is classic Robert Fripp territory,the Frippotronics do not dominate the subtle Saxes and Flutes of Theo Travis,the music is ambient and thoroughly beautiful,with delicate nuances that dance in and out of your senses,never avant garde but always beguiling.
To compare this to others of its ilk would be churlish,Fripp and Travis operate in a world of their own,and long may they continue.
The ethereal"lamentation"is just wonderful as is the nod to King crimsons"Moonchild"
Lovely album
Robert Fripp.....Guitar,Electronics
Theo Travis.....Alto saxophone and Flute
73mins 38 secs
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5.0 out of 5 stars Duet for the End of Time 1 April 2010
By Fletch-a-sketch TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Impeccably paid dare I say ambient music from Axe Hero and erstwhile leader of King Crimson, Robert Fripp and Multi instrumentalist and session musician Theo Travis. Running at nearly 80 minutes this concert was recorded 23rd of May 2009 live as the title suggested in Coventry cathedral. The Ambiance of the cathedral lending a special kind of inspiration to the duo. What is nice is that the King Crimson catalogue is revisited is revisited with 'Moonchild' from 'In the Court of the crimson king' making its presence felt in a subtle new way.

I can recommend this album and wonder if it should be considered for a 2010 a Mercury prize. This is one of my releases of 2010 so far, just showing how creative someone can be when free from the constraints of a major record company.

Buy with confidence.
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5.0 out of 5 stars stunning soundscape 31 May 2012
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As a newcomer to the music of Theo Travis, I am sorry that I did not discover his music sooner.
He plays brilliantly and his work with the likes of John Foxx and Robert Fripp is amazing. I will
be looking out for more of his excellent stuff
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Get Me To The Church On Time"... 8 Jan 2011
By 4-Legged Defender - Published on Amazon.com
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[TRAVIS AND FRIPP - Live at Coventry Cathedral] This beautiful collaboration between Theo Travis and Robert Fripp is a refreshing approach to the Frippertronics and Soundscapes that Fripp has been doing since 'No Pussyfooting', a collaboration with Brian Eno in 1975, and followed up with 'Evening Star' shortly afterwards. These albums represent the true beginning of ambient music as we now call it. Each artist had his own unique take on this new art form and made many releases of their own interpretations on various LP's (as they were then called), and it's the kind of stuff one either loves or hates, and sometimes both simultaneously. It's never what you'd expect, but if you "leave your expectations at the door", as Fripp liked to state back then, you might actually be receptive to it, and "let it come inside for a visit".

Robert has been doing the 'soundscapes' thing since 1978, and in the early 80's, both prior and concurrent to his reintroduction of a new King Crimson to the marketplace, conducted a series of solo concerts throughout Europe in as many famous cathedrals as would grant him permission to perform in. I had the privilege to see him play these types of concerts several dozen times when he was living in New York, usually at the Washington Square Church or West Fourth Street Church in Greenwich Village. On other occasions, he would do a weeks worth of performances at Soho art galleries such as Inroads and the Soho Art Studio. It was usually only to an audience of 40 to 80 people, and he would play and then get up and tell engaging recollections of his illustrious career, followed by a question and answer period with the audience in attendance. It was truly a wonderful experience. I got to know Robert fairly well during this period (as well as someone can know this enigmatic creature who never lets his guard all the way down), and he would call to say when he'd be in town, leave our names at the door as guests, chat with us or invite us (myself and then girlfriend) backstage, and occasionally invite us to accompany him for dinner at Meandros, a famous Greek restaurant on 8th St., or over to Rumbles for espresso and dessert (he had a wicked penchant for caffeine and sweets) on 7th Avenue. It was one of the most special times in my life - and I don't exaggerate when I say I saw him perform soundscapes dozens of times, and it never got old. I even travelled to S.U.N.Y. College in Purchase, N.Y., a college in Long Island and 'Toads Place' in Westport, Connecticut, just to see him play. Obviously, I'm somewhat biased, but not sycophantic. This was a highly articulate and intelligent man (who fascinated me even more as a youth), too much so for a rock musician or to become as famous as he could have / should have been, and a contradiction in terms of a sensitive yet cloistered creature that bordered on being alien - he was like 'The Man Who Fell To Earth'.

This is an enchanting endeavor between these two, and Robert frequently takes a back seat to Travis' alto flute and soprano sax, and the results supremely rewarding for those who appreciate this type of experience. It's lush, haunting, ethereal, hypnotic, meditative, relaxing, pensive, soothing and spellbinding. Fripp's sounds are reminiscent of his work during the period in the 90's when he worked with David Sylvian, and occasionally even a throwback to the first two Crimson albums as far as his sound goes. It's sheer brilliance during the several moments when he does step into the light and utilizes that famous sustained sound on his Les Paul that helped make him a guitar god of the late 60's and 70's before he switched over to the Roland guitar synthesizer in the 80's.

This is more truly collaborative than most of his works with Eno, Andy Summers or David Sylvian, and we all know that far too frequently in music, democracies don't work. There's even a new version of 'Moonchild' from the first Crimson album that gets a nice reworking here. The artwork and photos are excellent and expansive, and the two sets represented here are gorgeous and bear repeated listening to fully appreciate. It's a new take on an familiar formula, with fantastic results - I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to anyone bold enough to listen to something new, as well as to those fans of Fripp (even those who aren't enamored with his soundscape work), Sylvian, Eno, Harold Budd, Holgar Czukay, Michael Brook, or ambient music in general. 'Live at Coventry Cathedral'? By all means, "Get me to the church on time"...
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely Album 19 Feb 2014
By R Urie - Published on Amazon.com
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I have been a long-time fan of both Theo Travis and Robert Fripp, so to hear their music wafting beautifully together within the spaces of a cathedral seemed perfectly fitting for the ambiance their respective approaches to their instruments can bring. I listen to it during a rainstorm, while cleaning the house or sitting on the back porch on a warm, summer's evening. I'm very happy to know there are still musicians such as these two melding their art together for our enjoyment.
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