It’s not much, just over a minute of music. It’s not a polished studio recording, only a snippet of explosive improvisational wonder from practice sessions at Elstree.
And yet this version of “Venturing Unto Joy” represents something important, something endlessly fascinating: The first new music (shared via DGMLive) to be heard from King Crimson in forever, and the first since Robert Fripp rebuilt the group with a monstrous three-drummer frontline.
The track, featuring Fripp, bassist Tony Levin and drummers Bill Rieflin and Gavin Harrison, was recorded as the reworked lineup prepares for the September 9, 2014 kickoff a series of U.S. dates. Fripp and Levin tussle with a nervous energy, while Harrison and Rieflin make a simply glorious racket.
This new edition of King Crimson is rounded out by saxophonist Mel Collins, guitarist Jakko Jakszyk and drummer Pat Mastelotto.