Robert Fripp, Trey Gunn, Bill Rieflin | The Repercussions of Angelic Behavior

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The Repercussions of Angelic Behavior

by Robert Fripp, Trey Gunn, Bill Rieflin

Freely improvised ambient metallic and electric skronk/jazz/rock. One moment they're chewing into your brain like robotic earwigs on a mission, the next blissfully floating away on clouds of hallucinogenic pepper spray.
Genre: Rock: Post-Rock/Experimental
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Album Notes
Robert Fripp - guitar, soundscapes
Trey Gunn - touch guitar
Bill Rieflin - drums, loops

Improvisations recorded over two days during the making Bill Rieflin's "Birth of a Giant" cd.

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All About Jazz review:

This 1999 release precedes the excellent new recording from perennial prog-rockers King Crimson, titled The ConstruKction of Light. Yet with The Repercussions of Angelic Behavior, electric guitarist and Crimson founder Robert Fripp, touch bassist Trey Gunn and hard hitting drummer Bill Rieflin mesh gears for some truly energetic interplay! Spearheaded by Fripp’s signature style attack consisting of loops, EFX, and sinuous lead soloing along with a keen (if not legendary) sense of the dynamic, the trio pursues booming, driving rhythms and abstract themes amid fiery improvisation and otherworldly effects.

Throughout, touch bassist Trey Gunn displays the synergy and intuitiveness exhibited on recent collaborations with Fripp in King Crimson and elsewhere. And while Fripp and Gunn are well known for their improvising ways which has been documented on a rash of recent King Crimson offshoot recordings known as “Project X” or “Project I, 2 and so on, this release falls within a similar format. Hence, The Repercussions of Angelic Behavior is an engaging and electrifying presentation, the overall experience is thoroughly satisfying.

“Random play is required for full effect”!

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Great Free Metal Space Jazz

Crazy man, crazy... If you liked the KCrimson Projects, especially 1 and 4 you'll love this collection of freely improvised ambient metallic and electric skronk/jazz/rock. One moment they're chewing into your brain like robotic earwigs on a mission, the next blissfully floating away on clouds of halucinogenic pepper spray. Not for those who don't enjoy musicians stepping out and communicating with one another in unprescribed ways. These boys can shred and chill. Fripp's use of electric guitar and electronics is astounding. Rieflin is an incredible drummer and Trey Gunn on touch guitar (has the range of both bass and guitar) is both subtle and thunderous.

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Drummer Bill Rieflin is possibly best known (if known at all) for his association with Ministry. On this album, he joins forces with King Crimson mastermind Robert Fripp and his acolyte touch-guitarist Trey Gunn to create a collection of ambient and neo-post-bop-fusion-modern-funky-organ-trio jazzy instrumentals characterized by Fripp's Soundscapes washes, Trey Gunn's bass/guitar lines and Rieflin's muscular drumming. The music can be described as a mélange of Praxis, Medeski/Martin/Wood, Buckethead's ambient projects, Wayne Horvitz, Michael Shrieve, and Fripp's and Gunn's non-KC projects.

Ever-recognizable Fripp seems to be having a great time improvising very Frippian fuzz lines over Rieflin's extremely jazzy drumming on the faster numbers and is greatly helped by Gunn's all-over-the-place touch-guitar playing, which is very much his own (even though it does recall Steve Vai's more experimental explorations by instants). Slow ambient songs showcase Fripp's Soundscapes and Rieflin's panned drums, and evoke Michael Shrieve's CMP recordings with Bill Frisell, in particular Two Doors (part 2) and Fascination.

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The Repercussions of Angelic Behavior:

a. is a live recording
b. is a studio record
c. is improvised
d. is composed
e. is a companion disc to Rieflin's 'Birth of a Giant'
f. is a companion disc to King Crimson's ProjeKct series
g. is an exciting and indispensable adventure into the musical unknown
h. is the medium for the release of the cover art
i. is considered in exactly the same way by Rieflin, Fripp, and Gunn alike
j. is a source of differing opinions between Rieflin, Fripp, and Gunn
k. all of the above
l. some of the above
m. none of the above

Everything on this record is intentional.
Except where not.

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Steve Mueske

Five stars! This is a phenomenal album of soundscapes, improvisations, and intricate rhythms by some of the best players in the industry. Whether you are a musician, artist, poet, are just a general fan of experimental and progressive music, there is plenty of material here to motivate and inspire. Dreamy and inventive. By turns playful and serious, it constantly surprises and brings the listener to new territories.


I lump this in with the ProjeKcts, as it has many of the same qualities and sounds. I would rather listen to Bill Rieflin play drums than Adrian Belew (P2). But Pat Mastelotto's drumming makes P3 work better for my ears, where this sounds less focused. The slower stuff works more for me, especially when Fripp is playing sound washes over Trey's ramblings. Not fond of many of Fripp's synth tone choices when he plays "fast licks," etc. They have a cheesy quality.