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Bill Bruford


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


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


Article: Extended Analysis


Read "Exposures" reviewed by John Kelman

Between the impact of the COVID pandemic since 2020, and in the eight year-long tenure of King Crimson's final lineup, which toured between 2014 and 2021, there's been a lot revealed about its sole remaining founding member, guitarist/keyboardist Robert Fripp. Since 2012, the more than five-decade history of King Crimson, live and in the ...


News: Recording

Bill Bruford 'Making A Song And Dance: A Complete Career Collection' 6-CD Box Set Available For Pre-Order

Bill Bruford 'Making A Song And Dance: A Complete Career Collection' 6-CD Box Set Available For Pre-Order

Over the past 50 years Bill Bruford has been one of the most original and innovative drummers across multiple genres. Making A Song and Dance: A Complete Career Collection is a 6-CD Box Set that charts some of the many highlights of Bruford’s incredible career and is released on April 29th through BMG. From early steps ...


Article: Album Review

Dominican Jazz Project: Desde Lejos

Read "Desde Lejos" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

DJP's primary composer and keyboard player Stephen Anderson has worked to get the DJP back into the studio after their 2016 Dominican Jazz Project (Summit Records) debut received so much critical and popular acclaim. The 2020 pandemic and attendant lockdowns delayed but did not cancel this follow-up, which the band recorded Desde Lejos--"From Afar."


Article: From the Inside Out

Rediscovery and Re-Creation, and an NYC Farewell

Read "Rediscovery and Re-Creation, and an NYC Farewell" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Greg Abate Magic Dance: The Music of Kenny Barron Whaling City Sound 2021 Musicians will sometimes honor another musician who influenced their lives or work with a tribute or memorial recording after that influential musician has passed on. There's an abundance of first-rate music on the ...


News: Technology

Bill Bruford Announces The Availability Of His Whole Back Catalogue On Digital Platforms

Bill Bruford Announces The Availability Of His Whole Back Catalogue On Digital Platforms

Legendary drummer Bill Bruford recorded numerous solo albums outside his commitments to YES and King Crimson that hold a treasured place in many fans’ rock and jazz collections. Bill’s first band was the eponymously-named Bruford (1977-80) following which he recorded two studio albums with Patrick Moraz. In 1986 he formed Earthworks as a deliberate return to ...


Article: Under the Radar

A Different Drummer, Part 1: Mark Lomax II and Mauricio Takara

Read "A Different Drummer, Part 1: Mark Lomax II and Mauricio Takara" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

The drum is an instrument of power and presence. It is the heartbeat of music but with uncertain origins. In Africa, China, and Turkey, archeologists have found evidence to suggest that any of those regions may have been the forebearers of the beat, of the definitive expression of freedom. Data concludes that instrumental music is at ...


Temples of Joy

Label: Winterfold Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: CD1 (Music for Piano and Drums): Children's Concerto; Living Space; Any Suggestions?; Eastern Sundays; Blue Brains; Symmetry; Galatèa; Hazy; Blue Brains (bonus); Flags (bonus); Hazy (bonus).

CD2 (Flags): Temples Of Joy; Split Seconds; Karu; Impromptu, Too!; Flags; Machines Programmed By Genes; The Drum Also Waltzes; Infra Dig; A Way With Words; Everything You've Heard Is True; Eastern Sundays (bonus); Children's Concerto (bonus); Galatèa (bonus).

CD3 (In Tokyo): Blue Brains; Hazy; Eastern Sundays; Cachaça; Galatèa; The Drum Also Waltzes; Flags; Children's Concerto; Jungles Of The World; Temples Of Joy.


Rock Goes To College

Label: Winterfold Records
Released: 2020


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