David Cross (musician)

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David Cross
Born (1949-04-23) 23 April 1949 (age 71)
Plymouth, England, United Kingdom
OriginElectric violinist
InstrumentsViolin, viola, keyboards, flute
Years active1972–present
LabelsNoisy Records
Associated actsKing Crimson, Radius, Electric Chamber Music, David Cross Band

David Cross (born 23 April 1949 in Turnchapel near Plymouth, England) is an English electric violinist and keyboardist best known for playing with progressive rock band King Crimson from 1972–1974. [1] (He appears on the albums Larks' Tongues in Aspic and Starless and Bible Black). He also plays on numerous live recordings from his time in the band that have been released in the decades since by Robert Fripp's Discipline Global Mobile label.

After King Crimson, Cross traveled extensively. He eventually came back to music through his work in theatre. In 1987 he formed an improvising ensemble called Low Flying Aircraft with Keith Tippett on piano. In 1988, he was invited by keyboardist Geoff Serle to join Radius, with whom he has recorded five albums.

Since the late 1980's he has led, toured and recorded with his own band (see below). The first edition of The David Cross Band included saxophonist Pete McPhail, guitarist Paul Clark, bassist Mick Paul, drummer Dan Maurer and keyboardist Sheila Maloney. bassist/vocalist John Dillon (Johnny Quadrio) and singer Arch Stanton have both done time as the band's frontman. Former and current King Crimson musicians John Wetton, Robert Fripp and Pat Mastelotto, as well as lyricists Peter Sinfield and Richard Palmer-James, have all contributed to his solo recordings.

Recently, Cross has released a series of duet recordings with Robert Fripp, Andrew Keeling, Andrew Booker (of No-Man), David Jackson (formerly of Van der Graaf Generator) and Peter Banks.

Cross has composed music for theatre and worked as an actor as well. Cross runs his own record label, Noisy Records.

David Cross Band[edit]

The David Cross Band was established in 1988/89. The longest serving members of the group are guitarist Paul Clark and bassist Mick Paul. Numerous musicians have passed through the group over 30 years, with the latest edition including drummer Craig Blundell. The band have released seven albums of adventurous and hard edged progressive rock.

Academic work[edit]

Cross is currently a senior lecturer in Music Education at London Metropolitan University.


With King Crimson[edit]

Live albums

With Robert Fripp[edit]

  • Starless Starlight (2015)

Solo / David Cross Band[edit]

  • Memos from Purgatory (1989)
  • The Big Picture (1992)
  • Testing to Destruction (1994)
  • Exiles (1997)
  • Closer Than Skin (2005)
  • Alive in the Underworld (2008) (David Cross Band)
  • Sign of the Crow (2016) (David Cross Band)
  • Crossing the tracks (2018)

With Naomi Maki[edit]

  • Unbounded (2006)

With Radius[edit]

  • Arc Measuring (1988)
  • Sightseeing (1989)
  • Elevation (1992)
  • There Is No Peace (1995)
  • Civilisations (2000)

With Andrew Keeling[edit]

  • English Sun (2009)



  • 1995: That World by Dean Allen - role of 'Shades' (Hades)[2]


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