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Bill Bruford grew up with jazz. As an amateur drummer in the 1960s, and after a handful of lessons from Lou Pocock of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, he began his professional career in 1968. He was a guiding light in the so-called British "Art Rock" movement, touring internationally with Yes and King Crimson from 1968-74. There then followed several years spent observing and participating in the music making processes of, among others, Gong, National Health, Genesis and U.K., until Bill felt ready to write and perform his own music with his own band Bruford, recording four albums from 1977-80. It was, however, the reconstituted King Crimson of 1980-84 that provided the vehicle for his revolutionary use of electronics in developing the melodic side of percussion


One Of A Kind

Label: Winterfold Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: Hell’s Bells; One Of A Kind – Part One; One Of A Kind – Part Two; Travels With Myself – And Someone Else; Fainting In Coils; Five G; The Abingdon Chasp; Forever Until Sunday; The Sahara Of Snow – Part One; The Sahara Of Snow – Part Two.


News: Recording

Bill Bruford 'One Of A Kind' 12” Vinyl Edition Available on November 24, 2023

Bill Bruford 'One Of A Kind' 12” Vinyl Edition Available on November 24, 2023

This definitive vinyl re-release is re-issued on Bruford’s own Winterfold Records, was overseen personally by Bill Bruford and ,astered from the original tapes recorded and mixed by Stephen W Tayler in 1979. Bill Bruford is the original drummer in YES and was a long-term member of King Crimson. The band Bruford recorded this album in 1979 ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

'70s to the '80s with Return To Forever, Dixie Dregs, Brecker Brothers and Miles Davis

Read "'70s to the '80s with Return To Forever, Dixie Dregs, Brecker Brothers and Miles Davis" reviewed by Len Davis

Music from the '70s to the '80s from Return To Forever, Dixie Dregs and Bill Bruford. Brecker Brothers, Tony Williams, Miles Davis and The Mahavishnu Orchestra. Playlist Return To Forever “Duel Of The Jester And The Tyrant" from Romantic Warrior (Columbia) 00:00 Dixie Dregs “I'm Freaking Out" from Dregs Of The Earth (Arista) 07:49 ...


Article: Liner Notes

Bill Bruford: The Summerfold Collection 1987-2008

Read "Bill Bruford: The Summerfold Collection 1987-2008" reviewed by John Kelman

Intrepid percussionist/composer/bandleader Bill Bruford began his career in the late '60s art-rock arena with Yes and, later, King Crimson, but jazz has always moved underneath, like an eddying current. His early recordings, well documented on the companion Winterfold Collection, may not speak the language of jazz, but they possess its spirit. By 1986, Bruford ...


Article: Liner Notes

Bill Bruford: The Winterfold Collection 1978-1986

Read "Bill Bruford: The Winterfold Collection 1978-1986" reviewed by John Kelman

It's often easy to judge artists based on where they are now, but when you have a recorded legacy as rich as that of Bill Bruford, it's far better to view the body of work as a whole. As divergent as the intrepid percussionist/composer/bandleader's career has been, there are common threads running through all his work, ...


Article: Record Label Profile

Edition Records: A Guide To The First Fifteen Years

Read "Edition Records: A Guide To The First Fifteen Years" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Edition Records celebrates its 15th anniversary in 2023. The label founded in Cardiff in 2008 by keyboardist Dave Stapleton has come a long way in that time. Initially conceived of as a means to release his own music and that of his friends, Edition Records went from being a cottage industry to a position as one ...


Article: Building a Jazz Library

ECM Records Touchstones: Part 3

Read "ECM Records Touchstones: Part 3" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 This third edition of “ECM Touchstones" explores more of the label's early recordings, repackaged and offered up as a way to present music that had perhaps slipped through time's cracks, into the hard-to-find category. Of these, four were re-released in 2019, one in 2008—24 to 47 ...


Making A Song and Dance: A Complete Career Collection

Label: BMG
Released: 2022
Track listing: CD1: Yes - I’ve Seen All Good People Yes - Heart of the Sunrise Yes - And You & I King Crimson - Great Deceiver King Crimson - Fracture King Crimson - One More Red Nightmare King Crimson - Starless UK - Nevermore 

CD2: King Crimson - Frame by Frame King Crimson - Neal And Jack And Me King Crimson - Heartbeat King Crimson - Waiting Man Anderson, Bruford, Wakeman, Howe - Brother of Mine King Crimson - Sex Eat Sleep Drink Dream King Crimson - Larks Tongues in Aspick Pt 2 King Crimson - 3 of a Perfect Pair King Crimson - Man With An Open Heart King Crimson - Elephant Talk King Crimson - Indiscipline King Crimson - Big Funk Piano Circus feat. Bill Bruford & Colin Riley - The Still Small Voice 

CD3: Bruford - Seems Like a Lifetime Ago: Pt 1 Bruford - Seems Like a Lifetime Ago: Pt 2 Bruford - One of a Kind: Pt 1 Bruford - One of a Kind: Pt 2 Bruford - Palewell Park Bruford - Joe Frazier Bill Bruford’s Earthworks - It Needn’t End in Tears Bill Bruford’s Earthworks - My Heart Declares a Holiday Bill Bruford’s Earthworks - Downtown Bill Bruford’s Earthworks - Pilgrims’ Way Bill Bruford’s Earthworks - Temple of the Winds Bill Bruford’s Earthworks - Candles Still Flicker in Romania’s Dark Bill Bruford’s Earthworks - Nerve Bruford, Towner, Gomez - Thistledown 

CD4: Bill Bruford’s Earthworks - Beelzebub Bruford-Levin - Original Sin Bill Bruford’s Earthworks - Revel Without a Pause Bill Bruford’s Earthworks - Triplicity Bill Bruford’s Earthworks - The Sound of Surprise Earthworks Underground Orchestra - Speaking in Wooden Tongues Bill Bruford’s Earthworks - Modern Folk Bill Bruford’s Earthworks - White Knuckle Wedding Earthworks Underground Orchestra - Footloose and Fancy Free
CD5: Roy Harper - Grown Ups Are Just Silly Children Roy Harper - Hallucinating Light Chris Squire - Lucky Seven (single edit) Chris Squire - Silently Falling Al Di Meola - Calliope David Torn - Voodoo Chile Kazumi Watanabe - Andre Kazumi Watanabe - Small Wonder Steve Howe - The Inner Battle Buddy Rich Big Band - Lingo Pete Lockett’s Network of Sparks feat Bill Bruford - Prism Colin Riley feat Bill Bruford - Achilles Feel 

CD6: Moraz-Bruford - Galatea Moraz-Bruford - Symmetry Piano Circus feat. Bill Bruford & Colin Riley - Stalling Between Two Fools King Crimson - No Warning Moraz-Bruford - Flags Moraz-Bruford -Split Seconds David Torn - Previous Man David Torn - Three Minutes of Pure Entertainment Bruford-Borstlap - 16 Kingdoms of The 5 Barbarians Bruford-Borstlap - Stand on Zanzibar Earthworks - With Friends Like These… Bruford-Borstlap - Low Tide, Camber Sands Bruford-Borstlap - Kinship


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