David Cross - Testing to Destruction

David Cross played violin for King Crimson from 1972 to 1974. He was a deluxe session-man until he released his first solo album, the all-instrumental Memos from Purgatory (Red Hot, 1989), orchestrated for violin, saxophone, keyboards (Sheila Maloney) and rhythm section, whose standout is the nine-minuteMeantimeThe Big Picture (Red Hot, 1992) is a much more accessible work, that returns to the song format. Testing to Destruction (Red Hot, 1994) is a band album, the violin being somewhat subdued, a progressive-rock work that fused classical, jazz and rock elements.Exiles (Cleopatra, 1998) boasts an impressive line-up of distinguished guests, but the music is rarely up to the task (Hero).

Cross also plays in Radius, a band formed in 1989 by percussionist and keyboardist Geoff Serle, after he left Research. Arc Measuring(Ear-Rational, 1988) offers adventurous progressive-rock, especially in the four lengthy jams: WaterfrontArc measuringAerial viewTougherSightseeing (Ear Rational, 1989), featuring Sheila Maloney on keyboards and Tim Crowther on guitar, was equally engaging. Elevation (Ear Rational, 1992) has a stronger Far Eastern feeling and more convoluted counterpoint. The tours de force are Last Train Out of TangierUltramarine,Sensitized/DesensitizedSky Dive. Radius has also released There is No Peace (Voiceprint, 1995) and Civilizations (Noisy, 2001).
From in UK
Jazz - Rock - Fusion
David Cross - Testing to Destruction - 1994
01. Learning Curve (6:33)
02. Calamity (8:59)
03. Welcome To Frisco (6:49) 
04. The Affable Mister G. (4:14)
05. The Swing Arm Disconnects (7:15)
06. Tripwire (4:44)
07. Cycle Logical (3:43)
08. Testing To Destruction (1:56)
09. Abo (12:22)
Total Time: 56:35
- David Cross / violins
- John Dillon / vocals and bass
- Sheila Maloney / keyboards & vocals
- Paul Clark / guitar
- Dan Maurer / drums


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