Tony Levin
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Boston bassist Tony Levin became a valiant session-man during the 1970s (Paul Simon, Peter Gabriel), began recording with Mike Mainieri's tribal free-jazz experiment White Elephant (NYC Records, 1972) and was inducted in King Crimson in 1981. While continuing both as a Fripp foot soldier and as a deluxe legionnaire for Robbie Robertson, Laurie Anderson and others, Levin launched his solo career.

World Diary (Papa Bear, 1995) is, as the title implies, a survey of world-music that couples Levin's bass and Chapman stick with all sorts of ethnic instruments. The album surveys chamber jazz (I Cry to the Dolphined Sea) and progressive-rock (Etude in the Key of Guildford, with Bruford on drums), but its core is represented by the timbric pairing of two or three instruments: a duo with Indian violinist Shankar (Chasms), a duo with Brian Yamakoshi on koto (The Sound of Goodbye), a duo with Ayub Ogada on nyatiti and vocals (The Train), a trio with Brian Yamakoshi on koto and Jerry Marotta on percussions (We Stand in Sapphire Silence), a trio with Manu Katche on drums and Levon Minassian on doudouk (La Tristesse Amoureuse de la Nuit), two orgies with the Nexus percussion ensemble (Espresso & the Bed of Nails and Heat), etc.

From the Caves of the Iron Mountain (Papa Bear, 1997) is even better, thanks to the two collaborators: bamboo flutist Steve Gorn and drummer Jerry Marotta.

Bruford Levin Upper Extremities (Papa Bear, 1998) is a quartet with drummer Bill Bruford, guitarist David Torn and trumpeter Chris Botti.

Levin formed another supergroup with drummer Terry Bozzio and guitarist Steve Stevens, but the resulting albums, Black Light Syndrome (Magna Carta, 1997) and Situation Dangerous (Magna Carta, 2000), are not up to their fame.

Levin also plays in a Jordan Rudess-led Dream Theater side project that released Liquid Tension Experiment (Magna Carta, 1998) and Liquid Tension Experiment 2 (Magna Carta, 2000).

Waters of Eden (Narada, 2000) and Pieces of Sun (Narada, 2001), both with Jerry Marotta on drums and Larry Fast on synthesizer, blended fusion jazz, progressive-rock and new-age music.

(Translation by/ Tradotto da Gianluca Mantovan)

Il bassista di Boston Tony Levin divenne un valido session-man negli anni settanta (Paul Simon, Peter Gabriel), lo stesso periodo in cui inizio a registrare con Mike Mainieri nell'esperimento di free-jazz tribale White Elephant (NYC Records, 1972), e fu membro dei King Crimson nel 1981. Continuo' poi sia da soldato di fanteria per Fripp che da legionario di lusso per Robbie Robertson, Laurie Anderson e altri, e trovo' pure il tempo per la propria carriera solista. World Diary (Papa Bear, 1995) e', come dice il titolo, una rassegna di world music che unisce il basso di Levin e la stick di Chapman con strumenti etnici di ogni genere. >From the Caves of the Iron Mountain (Papa Bear, 1997) e' perfino migliore grazie ai collaboratori: il flautista bamboo Steve Gorn e il batterista Jerry Marotta. Bruford Levin Upper Extremities (Papa Bear, 1998) e' un quartetto con il batterista Bill Bruford, il chitarrista David Torn e il trombettista Chris Botti. Levin formo' un altro supergruppo con il batterista Terry Bozzio e il chitarrista Steve Stevens ma i loro album, Black Light Syndrome (Magna Carta, 1997) e Situation Dangerous (Magna Carta, 2000), non sono all'altezza dei loro nomi. Levin suona pure in un side-project capitanato da Jordan Rudess dei Dream Theater che pubblico' Liquid Tension Experiment (Magna Carta, 1998) e Liquid Tension Experiment 2 (Magna Carta, 2000). Waters of Eden (Narada, 2000) and Pieces of the Sun (Narada, 2001), entrambi con Jerry Marotta alla batteria e Larry Fast al synth, fondono fusion jazz, progressive-rock e musica new-age.

Resonator (Narada, 2006) was the album of an aging singer-songwriter.

The instrumental album Levin Torn White documented a collaboration among Tony Levin, David Torn and Alan White.

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