David Cross

born on 23/4/1949

David Cross (musician)

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David Cross (musician)

David Cross (born April 23, 1949) is an electric violinist born in Turnchapel near Plymouth, England, best known for playing with progressive rock band King Crimson during the 1970s[1] (particularly on Larks' Tongues in Aspic and Starless and Bible Black). He also plays keyboards.[2]

After King Crimson, Cross formed a jazzy improvising band called They Came from Plymouth,.[3] With Keith Tippett (piano), Dan Maurer (drums) and Jim Juhn (guitar, bass, percussion), he formed a short-lived project in 1987 called Low Flying Aircraft. In 1998, he was invited by Geoff Serle to join Radius. Besides Cross and Serle (keyboards, electronics, samples), Radius included Sheila Malony (on keyboards), Maxine Braham and Carlo Lucius Asciutti (vocals).

Since the mid-1980s, he has also led his own band, the earlier incarnations of which featured American drummer Dan Maurer, English keyboard player Sheila Maloney and the Liverpool bassist/vocalist John Dillon. Former and current King Crimson members John Wetton, Robert Fripp, and Peter Sinfield, as well as guest lyricist Richard Palmer-James, have all guested on his solo projects.

Cross has also worked in theatre both musically and as an actor. And in 1999, he formed Noisy Records, his own record label.

David Cross Band

David Cross (musician)

David Cross has also established David Cross Band with Arch Stanton (vocals), Lloyd (drums), Mick Paul (bass), Paul Clark (guitar) and David Cross himself (violin).

In 2006, Joe Crabtree joined (drums) and Alex Hall (keyboards).

In 2008, Jinian Wilde joined in as new lead singer and Craig Blundell (as new drummer).

The band has released five albums to date

Academic work

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


With King Crimson

  • Larks Tongues in Aspic (1973)
  • Starless and Bible Black (1974)
  • Red (1974)
  • USA (1975)

Solo / David Cross Band

  • Memos from Purgatory (1989)
  • The Big Picture (1992)
  • Testing to Destruction (1994)
  • Back to Broke (1996)
  • Exiles (1997)
  • Civilizations (2005)
  • Closer Than Skin (2005)
  • Alive in the Underworld (2008) (David Cross Band)

With Electric Chamber Music

(A collaboration with Naomi Maki)

  • Navigator (2005)
  • Unbounded (2006)

With Radius

  • Sightseeing (1988)
  • Elevation (1989)
  • Arc Measuring (1990)
  • There Is No Peace (1994)
  • Severe Test: System Collusion (1995)
  • Civilisations (2000)

With Andrew Keeling

  • English Sun (2009)


  • The Butterfly Ball (With Rod Edwards and Roger Hand) (1975)
  • Paul Egan: Island of Dreams (1978)
  • United Dairies: An Afflicted Man's Musica Box (1981)
  • Shock Headed Peters: Life Extinguisher (1986)
  • Low Flying Aircraft: Low Flying Aircraft (1988)
  • Danielle Dax: "Tomorrow Never Knows" (1990)
  • Dossier: Dossiers (1990)
  • Darling Buds: Crawdaddy (1990)
  • Jade Warrior: Distant Echoes (1992)
  • Rime of the Ancient Sampler: A Mellotron Compilation (1993)
  • Joe Hisaishi: Chijyoh no Rakuen (1994)
  • The Clearlight Orchestra: Forever Blowing Bubbles (1996)
  • Pyschomuzak: Send (1997)
  • Deltron 3030: "Lawnchair quarterback pt2" (2013)


  • 1995: That World by Dean Allen - role of 'Shades' (Hades)[3]


  1. David Cross at All Music Guide
  2. Credits at All Music Guide
  3. 3.0 3.1 Elephant Talk: Interview with David Cross in Music Box

External links

  • David Cross and Noisy Records
King Crimson
Robert Fripp | Adrian Belew | Tony Levin | Pat Mastelotto

Former members | Guest musicians

Original studio albums
In the Court of the Crimson King | In the Wake of Poseidon | Lizard | Islands | Larks' Tongues in Aspic | Starless and Bible Black | Red | Discipline | Beat | Three of a Perfect Pair | THRAK | The ConstruKction of Light | The Power to Believe
Other records
Cat Food/Groon | Atlantic Sampler | The Night Watch/The Great Deceiver | Epitaph/21st Century Schizoid Man | Matte Kudasai | Elephant Talk | Thela Hun Ginjeet | Heartbeat | Three of a Perfect Pair/Man With an Open Heart | Sleepless | VROOOM | Dinosaur | People | Sex Sleep Eat Drink Dream | Level Five | Happy With What You Have to Be Happy With
Live albums
Earthbound | USA | The Great Deceiver | B'Boom: Live in Argentina | THRaKaTTaK | Epitaph | The Night Watch | Absent Lovers: Live in Montreal | Cirkus: The Young Persons' Guide to King Crimson Live | Live in Mexico City | The ProjeKcts | The Deception of the Thrush: A Beginners' Guide to ProjeKcts | The Beginners' Guide to the King Crimson Collectors' Club | Heavy ConstruKction | VROOOM VROOOM | Ladies of the Road | EleKtrik: Live in Japan | The Power To Believe Tour Box
A Young Person's Guide to King Crimson | The Compact King Crimson | Heartbeat: The Abbreviated King Crimson | Frame by Frame: The Essential King Crimson | Sleepless: The Concise King Crimson | The 21st Century Guide to King Crimson - Volume One - 1969-1974 | The 21st Century Guide to King Crimson - Vol. 2 - 1981-2003
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