Alto & Soprano Saxophones, Flute
|Jakko M Jakszyk - Guitars, Vocals, Gu Zheng, Keyboards
Bass & Chapman Stick
Drums & Percussion
A Scarcity of Miracles is a significant addition to the extended King Crimson family.
When Robert Fripp & Jakko Jakszyk got together in February 2009 neither expected that their initial sessions of guitar-only improvisations would result in a full-blown album, or that it would ultimately be deemed to be a King Crimson projeKct. As the material from those first sessions developed it was obviously becoming much wider in scope and scale. The arrival of sax player & former King Crimson member, Mel Collins, added further colour & texture to the emerging songs. The line-up was completed with the addition of bassist Tony Levin and Porcupine Tree’s drummer, Gavin Harrison (both members of the 2008 incarnation of King Crimson) adding their parts to the material in their respective studios.
What had begun as an exchange of ideas had now grown into an album of heartfelt songs, an album that is immediately accessible on first hearing but reveals fresh detail & depth with each subsequent play, as one might expect from musicians of this calibre.
With the critical acclaim lavished on the King Crimson 40th anniversary CD/DVD-A releases over the past two years, a sample of “21st Century Schizoid Man” forming the central part of Kanye West’s “Power” single, Robert Fripp’s guest appearance on Nick Cave’s Grinderman’s “Super Heathen Child” in 2010, cover versions of King Crimson songs featuring on recent recordings by artists as diverse as Jazz singer Kurt Elling & folk music stars The Unthanks, it’s fair to say that interest in all things Crimson has probably not been at such a high point for many years.
A Scarcity of Miracles will be released simultaneously as a CD/DVD-A package, a 200gm limited edition vinyl album with a gatefold sleeve & a standard CD. The CD/DVD-A pack features the album mixed in 5.1 surround sound, the album in high definition 24/96 stereo, an album’s worth of alternate mixes, improvs from the original sessions & the video for the title track, along with the CD album in a slipcase.
There is a great deal of pre-awareness & demand for this album – partly due to Fripp’s widely read online diary at www.dgmlive.com - where he has updated progress on the recording, mixing & mastering of the album at regular intervals, but this album also has the potential to reach a wider audience than that usually associated with a King Crimson projekct.