Tony Levin

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Tony Levin

American progressive rock musician, specializing in electric bass, Chapman Stick and upright bass add

Category: Music (655)

Born in 1946.

Countries: United States (36%), United Kingdom (28%), (13%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Steve Gadd, King Crimson, Mike Mainieri

Linked to: Eastman School of Music, Ampeg




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Tony Levin was born in 1946 add something


A prolific session musician since the 1970s, Levin has played on 500 albums, including those of Cher, Alice Cooper, John Lennon, Sarah McLachlan, Stevie Nicks, Pink Floyd, Dire Straits, Lou Reed, Tom Waits, Buddy Rich, The Roches, Todd Rundgren, Seal, Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe, Warren Zevon, Kevin Parent, Laurie Anderson, Kate and Anna McGarrigle, Gibonni, and Jean-Pierre Ferland add something and Rolling Stone Magazine rated this album as one of the best singer/songwriter albums of the 1970s add something


In 1970, Levin moved to New York City, joining a band called Aha, the Attack of the Green Slime Beast, with Don Preston of The Mothers of Invention add something


In the 1970s, Tony and Pete collaborated with Steve Gadd in the comedy band The Clams add something


In the late 1970s, Levin joined Peter Gabriel's band add something


Soon after, he began working as a session musician, and through the 1970s he played bass on many albums, including Buddy Rich's big band jazz album, "The Roar of '74" add something


Steve Gadd - In 1972, Gadd formed a trio with Tony Levin and Mike Holmes, traveling to New York with them


In 1976, Levin joined with Steve Gadd on drums to create the lush textures on Andy Pratt's "Resolution" album that included other studio musicians including Arif Mardin, Andy Newmark, Hugh McDonald, and Luther Vandross add something


In 1978, Levin moved to Woodstock, New York, to join the band L'Image, which included his old friend Steve Gadd as well as Mike Mainieri and Warren Bernhardt add something


Another book of photos focusing on King Crimson's travels in the 1980s, "The Crimson Chronicles volume 1", was released in 2004 add something


While recording and touring Peter Gabriel's first album, Levin became acquainted with Robert Fripp, and in 1980, after having played on Fripp's solo album, "Exposure", he became a member of the 1980s incarnation of King Crimson add something


In August 1980, he began recording sessions on Double Fantasy with John Lennon and a group of his contemporaries add something


Bill Bruford - Bruford was part of a newly formed King Crimson again in 1981 with a different line-up, consisting of Bruford, Robert Fripp on guitar, Tony Levin on bass and Chapman Stick, and Adrian Belew on guitars and vocals


In 1984 Levin released "Road Photos", a collection of black and white photos taken during his travels with Crimson, Gabriel, Simon, and others add something


Claudio Baglioni - In 1985 he produced "La vita รจ adesso" and the following year set off for the "Assolo" tour, a three-hour tour-de-force of vocals, guitar and piano. After two years of work, he released "Oltre", an album which included the participation of numerous illustrious names from the international music world, such as Paco De Lucia, Pino Daniele, Mia Martini, Youssou N'Dour, Phil Palmer, Tony Levin and others


In 1986, the song "Big Time", from Gabriel's "So" album, inspired the development of funk fingers, which are chopped off drumsticks used to hammer on the bass strings add something


He played all of the bass guitar and Chapman Stick parts on Pink Floyd's 1987 album "A Momentary Lapse of Reason" as a session player add something


Torn, Levin, and Bruford had previously been a quartet, along with trumpeter Mark Isham, for Torn's 1987 studio album "Cloud About Mercury" add something


In 1989 Bruford asked Levin to play in Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe, a splinter group of the band Yes add something


Bill Bruford - Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe was a subset of former members of the progressive rock-band Yes. The group consisted of vocalist Jon Anderson, drummer Bill Bruford, keyboardist Rick Wakeman, and guitarist Steve Howe, with Tony Levin providing the bass duties since Yes bassist Chris Squire was involved with the official Yes. Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe recorded one self-titled studio album in 1989


There has been no word yet on the release of volume 2, which will cover the 1990s and possibly 2000s versions of the band add something


Because of the obvious emphasis on this being a band of former Yes members, Levin was never invited to become an official member, but played on ABWH's eponymous album , and on Yes' 1991 album "Union" add something


Levin is one of the first bloggers, as he began sharing his tour experiences in a diary fashion as early as in 1996, one year before the terms "weblog" and "blog" were coined add something


In 1997, Levin teamed up with Mike Portnoy and John Petrucci, members of Dream Theater, as well as future Dream Theater keyboardist Jordan Rudess, for a project called Liquid Tension Experiment add something


Jordan Rudess - In 1997, when Mike Portnoy was asked to form a supergroup by Magna Carta Records, Rudess was chosen to fill the keyboardist spot in the band, which consisted of Tony Levin and Portnoy's Dream Theater colleague John Petrucci


Terry Bozzio - With bassist and Chapman Stick player Tony Levin and guitarist Steve Stevens, he formed the group Bozzio Levin Stevens, which released two albums, in 1997 and 2000, respectively


In 1998, Levin and Bruford formed Bruford Levin Upper Extremities with trumpeter Chris Botti and guitarist David Torn; the group released albums in 1998 and 2000 add something


The combo released two albums, "Liquid Tension Experiment" and "Liquid Tension Experiment 2" in 1998 and 1999 respectively, as well as playing short tours in 1998 and 2008 add something


At the end of 2003 Trey Gunn left King Crimson and Levin rejoined as the bassist, although the band was only active for a handful of rehearsals at that time and a short tour in the summer of 2008 add something


Robert Fripp - In March 2004, a seventh line-up had been formulated and practised with Tony Levin returning to replace Trey Gunn, although nothing happened beyond a few studio rehearsals and the band remained inactive again until 2007


In 2006, Levin released "Resonator", an album which features long time band mates Jerry Marotta, Jesse Gress, Larry Fast, with the addition of his brother Pete Levin add something


In 2008, Levin rejoined for King Crimson's short 40th Anniversary Tour, the lineup including Fripp, Belew, and drummers Mastelotto and Gavin Harrison add something


There have been two CDs of material released under the name Liquid Trio Experiment; the first composed of studio jams from the LTE2 sessions without Petrucci , released for the band's tenth anniversary, and a live recording from a 2008 Chicago gig where Rudess's rig crashed and the other three covered for it with a nearly hour-long improvisation add something


Terry Bozzio - Since November 2008 Bozzio has toured with guitarist Allan Holdsworth, bassist Tony Levin, and drummer Pat Mastelotto as the experimental super-group HoBoLeMa


In 2009 Levin reunited with his band from 1973, L'Image, featuring Mike Mainieri, Warren Bernhardt, David Spinozza, and Steve Gadd add something


Steve Gadd - Also in 2009, Gadd reunited with his band from 1973, "L'Image", featuring Mike Mainieri, Warren Bernhardt, David Spinozza and Tony Levin


Warren Bernhardt - In 2009, Bernhardt reunited with his band from 1973, "L'Image", featuring Mike Mainieri, David Spinozza, Tony Levin and Steve Gadd


Bernier left the group shortly after the release of "Soup" and was replaced by touch guitarist Markus Reuter in 2010 add something


In 2010 Tony toured with HoBoLeMa, a group consisting of Allan Holdsworth on guitar, Levin on bass, and Pat Mastelotto and Terry Bozzio on drums add something


The band released its first album "Soup" in 2010 add something


This lineup has continued with a busy touring and recording schedule, releasing the EP "Absalom" in 2011 and the full albums "Open" , and "Deep" add something


On September 24, 2013, Tony Levin was officially announced as a member of the 8th incarnation of King Crimson, alongside band founder Robert Fripp, guitarist Jakko Jakszyk, the returning Mel Collins on saxophone, and drummers Pat Mastelotto, Gavin Harrison and new member Bill Rieflin add something


Robert Fripp - The retirement proved to be short-lived, as Fripp announced the return to King Crimson as a seven-piece unit with "four Englishmen and three Americans", including sometime R.E.M. and Nine Inch Nails drummer Bill Rieflin and returning bassist Tony Levin, on his online diary entry for 6 September 2013


The group is scheduled to return to active touring in the autumn of 2014 add something


Gary Husband - Husband guested on Dewa Budjana's 2014 album "Surya Namaskar" on synth and has more recently recorded with the Indonesian guitarist on more recent recordings as pianist and drummer along with Jack DeJohnette and bassist Tony Levin