David Cross was a member of King Crimson during the 1970s and the late Peter Banks was the original guitarist in Yes. On the afternoon of 10 August 2010 the pair came together for an afternoon of improvisation which resulted in the guitar and violin parts for this new studio album.
Crossover was produced by Tony Lowe and David Cross and the guest appearances by members of King Crimson and Yes were recorded during 2018 and 2019. The album features such luminaries as; Pat Mastelotto, Tony Kaye, Billy Sherwood, Randy Raine-Reusch, Andy Jackson, Oliver Wakeman, Jay Schellen, Jeremy Stacey and Geoff Downes.
Of the release David Cross said “The response from the guest musicians was truly wonderful in the way that they gave their time and talent to this project and I would like to thank them on behalf of Pete and myself. They were asked to ‘interpret the music as freely and creatively as you wish’ and they have turned in incredibly skilled and inspiring performances which were not easy given the improvised nature of the starting material and the spontaneity of the structures.”
He added: “When I recall the original recording session with Pete I remember his fresh almost naive approach, his positive energy and his constant and restless search for something new. It was a joy to know Pete Banks and an honour and a privilege to play with him: I think he would be pleased with the way our album turned out.”
This is the last new album of material from the late Peter Banks, who passed away in 2013 and had wanted to see this material released. Crossover is out now and can be obtained via the following links: