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  Drummerworld: Bill Bruford
Having already spent twenty years on the cutting edge of modern rock percussion, Bill Bruford formed Earthworks in 1986, as a deliberate return to his roots in jazz.
"Bruford is able to play with the kind of flexibility and nuance that simply wouldn't work in...
This revealed an ever-increasing maturity in his writing for small group which he wanted to take further and Earthworks was revitalised as his main touring and writing outlet at the end of that year.
www.drummerworld.com /drummers/Bill_Bruford.html   (673 words)

 Biography - Bill Bruford
In between all this, Bill also found time to record and/or tour with Kazumi Watanabe, David Torn, The New Percussion Group of Amsterdam, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Akira Inoue, Al Di Meola, Anderson Bruford Wakeman and Howe, the Buddy Rich Orchestra, Tony Levin, Pete Lockett and his old firm Yes amongst others.
In 2004, Bill formed Summerfold Records and Winterfold Records to cater for different aspects of his rapidly mushrooming catalogue, already containing some 25 titles.
Bill has three grown children and continues to live in the Surrey Hills with Carolyn, two cats, and one fish.
www.billbruford.com /bill/bio.html   (672 words)

 FAQ - Bill Bruford
The Winterfold (Bruford) selections are necessarily from a more primitive age and lower audio quality, and are included as efficient chronicles of the raw fire-power and technical agility of that particular group.
Groups such as Bruford and Earthworks led the way with advanced harmony in electric rock in the 70s & 80s; samples, electronics, and odd-metres in electric jazz in the 90s; and stylistic innovation with strong compositional identity in his current acoustic jazz.
Bill has a special way of building up poly-rhythms between the limbs of great complexity, and exerting tension as they build, before bringing release at exactly the right moment.
www.billbruford.com /bill/faq.html   (6434 words)

 Jazz Artist Interview - Bill Bruford@ jazzreview.com
Mention the name Bill Bruford to most musicians, especially drummers, and what you get is a response that is usually filled with awe.
Bill Bruford: Sure, they have to be there and I accept that.
Bill Bruford: Yeah, even if you’re flying a hundred miles, you’ve got to be three hours in the airport.
www.jazzreview.com /articledetails.cfm?ID=822   (4393 words)

 Bill Bruford Productions
Bill Bruford and Tim Garland - Earthworks Underground Orchestra
Bill Bruford - Rock Goes To College [1979] DVD
Bill Bruford - Rock Goes To College [1979] CD
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 Ink 19 :: Bill Bruford's Earthworks
Drummer Bill Bruford (Yes, Genesis) founded Earthworks back in 1986 while on hiatus from the progressive rock outfit King Crimson, but many jazz listeners -- myself included -- are still "discovering" his brainchild almost two decades on.
Bruford is at his lightest on Random Acts of Happiness; his drumming is full of finesse.
The first release on Bruford's new Summerfold label, Random Acts of Happiness is the best Earthworks album to appear in a several years, and one of the better modern jazz albums in recent memory.
www.ink19.com /issues/august2004/musicReviews/musicB/billBruford.html   (432 words)

 Bill Bruford   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Bruford was more interested in artistic pursuits, and the framework of King Crimson appealed to that sensibility in him.
Bruford said that Phil Collins struck him as a good drummer and singer, and that he was driven in the sense that he wanted Genesis to be a success.
Bruford was part of a newly formed King Crimson again in 1981 with a different lineup, consisting of Bruford, Robert Fripp on guitar, Tony Levin on bass and Chapman Stick, and Adrian Belew on guitars and vocals.
www.artistopia.com /bill-bruford   (1346 words)

 Bill Bruford at AllExperts
Bruford was first given a snare drum by his parents at the age of 13, learning how to play in the attic of his house, and continued adding more pieces until he had a full drum set.
Bruford, by 1972, had felt that Yes had come as far as it could, at least as far as he could contribute to it.
Bruford is perhaps most famous for having revolutionized drumming through the use of Simmons electronic drums and his melodic drumming, though in recent years he has returned to using a primarily acoustic drum set.
en.allexperts.com /e/b/bi/bill_bruford.htm   (2766 words)

 Bill Bruford: A Different Drummer   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Bruford was an early innovator in tuned percussion, working with keyboard controlled drums, and then electronic drum pads when they became available.
Bruford has played all over the world, sometimes to enormous audiences, but finds that playing jazz in smaller venues can be rewarding.
Bill Bruford's Earthworks will be performing Oct. 18 at The Strand in Redondo Beach.
home.earthlink.net /~srwolff/The_Real_Bruford_Story.html   (698 words)

 Bill Bruford: No Random Act
Unquestionably Bruford’s loosest playing to date, there is still the strong sense of composition that characterizes his work, even in his drum solos.
While Bruford is gaining ground in jazz circles, a significant part of his audience consists of fans that go back to his days in progressive rock.
Bruford’s latest release is also the début recording on his new Summerfold label, which will be distributed by Voiceprint U.K. Bruford has, in fact, created two labels; Summerfold, which will concentrate on new releases, and Winterfold, which will be used to reissue remastered versions of his back catalogue.
www.allaboutjazz.com /php/article.php?id=1997   (5015 words)

He also continues to be an active clinician with a series of clinics in Europe and America in 1993, culminating in his highly acclaimed appearance at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention at Columbus, Ohio in November.
Bruford's current work underlines his commitment, and return to jazz, and 1997 saw two major releases.
Having already spent almost twenty years on the cutting edge of modern rock percussion, Bill Bruford formed Earthworks in 1986, as a deliberate move towards the intelligence of jazz.
www.ejn.it /mus/bruford.htm   (914 words)

 The Official Website of Bill Bruford and Bill Bruford's Earthworks
Welcome to the official website of Bill Bruford and Bill Bruford's Earthworks, and Summerfold and Winterfold Records.
Thirty nine years of continuing music production in the Industry of Human Happiness must have taught me a thing or two -- after all, getting to the top is relatively easy in comparison to staying there!
The site is designed to educate, inform, and entertain, in no particular order, and I hope you enjoy your visit.
www.billbruford.com   (129 words)

 Bill Bruford Earthworks CD
Bill Bruford's Earthworks: Bill Bruford (acoustic & electronic drums, percussion); Iain Ballamy (soprano, alto & tenor saxophones); Django Bates (trumpet, Eb tenor horn, keyboards); Mick Hutton (acoustic bass).
EARTHWORKS is both the name of this album and of drummer Bill Bruford's contemporary quartet.
Indeed, the sound textures produced by Bruford and his men, including saxophonist Iain Ballamy, brass man Django Bates, and bassist Mick Hutton, are independently strong in both sound and structure.
www.cduniverse.com /search/xx/music/pid/6844928/a/Earthworks.htm   (386 words)

 Bill Bruford (drums for Yes) - Reviews on RateItAll
Bill Bruford's career is like his drumming sound — inimitable.
In between King Crimson dates, Bruford led a dazzling self-titled jazz fusion solo band from 1978 to 1980 that...
bill bruford is one of the most versatile and probably the most talented drummer in the world.
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 Bill Bruford & Tony Levin – Music at Last.fm
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 Sheet Music Plus - Bill Bruford - When in Doubt, Roll   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Sheet Music Plus - Bill Bruford - When in Doubt, Roll
Designed for the intermediate-level drummer, this book is a collection of 18 of Bruford's greatest performances, with suggested exercises and insights from his years as one of the world's foremost drummers.
Bill Bruford is best known for his work with Yes, Genesis, King Crimson, Al DiMeola, and others.
www.sheetmusicplus.com /a/item.html?id=56310&item=3015624   (130 words)

 Bill Bruford: The beat of the moment
To some, the tune is a self-mocking look at an unfashionable band with an almost 30-year legacy reuniting in the face of today’s throbbing electronica pulse and post-grunge angst.
And when you’re talking at that level, the idea of any cultural dream as a nation, society or collective with stories that need to be passed down to children goes out the window.
And in a way, Robert’s suggestion was to have Bill, but encourage him to go even further out because you have the connection through Pat [Mastelotto] to the tempo and beat.
www.innerviews.org /inner/bruford2.html   (6247 words)

 BILL BRUFORD discography, MP3 and reviews
Beginning his professional career while still in his teens, BRUFORD answered a drummer wanted ad in the Melody Maker and proceeded to join two young men in what he thought was to be 'a vocal group, in the style of The Fifth Dimension'.
BRUFORD, however, felt he had learned all he could from YES, and was looking for a fresh musical environment in which to stretch his wings.
BRUFORD toured and recorded with KING CRIMSON throughout the rest of the 1990s, before finally abdicating the drum seat to former double-trio co-drummer Pat Mastelotto in 2000.
www.progarchives.com /Progressive_rock_discography_BAND.asp?band_id=864   (695 words)

 Bill Bruford Discography
Bruford had free license to pursue his unique muse as a member of Yes and, later, King Crimson.
Bill Bruford's debut album, Feels Good To Me, was a fusion jazz album that featured Holdsworth and bassist Jeff Berlin.
Generally, Bruford's first four albums are similar to the work of Brand X (whose Robin Lumley produced Bruford's debut).
www.connollyco.com /discography/bill_bruford/index.html   (254 words)

 Bill Bruford : The Bruford Tapes - Listen, Review and Buy at ARTISTdirect
A live NY radio broadcast by Bruford and his band in July 1979, featuring material from his "Feels Good to Me" and "One of a Kind" albums.
Bruford rules the roost with his inimitable "pong" rim-shot sound and droll stage patter, and Dave Stewart's keyboards especially benefit from a heavier, slightly overdriven stage sound.
This is one of the best Bruford albums of this period; those who found the studio releases of these songs to be too cold will find themselves won over by the improvisatory intensity of this live show.
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Bruford adds that by playing the material live first, his compositions get to breathe and develop further, if necessary.
Bruford typically would come in after everything was set up and go over mixing details with Chamberlain.
Bruford's many fans will, of course, be checking out his performance on the CD, and they might be surprised to hear that the immense, thundering electronic drum sound of early Earthworks albums has been exchanged for a natural, refined and spacious type of playing.
mixonline.com /mag/audio_bill_bruford   (1738 words)

 Jazz | All About Jazz
The envelope of mesmerizing creativity Bill's been involved in to this point in his career easily outscales most others entire lifetime output, and he shows no evidence of slowing down.
To have signed their name to the first Earthworks release alone would have allowed most other musicians to die content, but there are 90 other recordings chronicling the brilliance Bill brings to each project.
I have been steadily exchanging a rock audience who were nervous about what they had just bought for a jazz audience who not only were happy with their purchase, but are increasingly coming again.
www.allaboutjazz.com /iviews/bbruford.htm   (1564 words)

 Amazon.com: Earthworks: Music: Bill Bruford's Earthworks   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Bruford was associated with three of the greatest bands in Progressive Rock History: Yes (two tours of duty: 1968-1972 and 1991), King Crimson (three tours of duty: 1972-1974, 1980-1984, and 1994-1997), and Genesis (provided drums when Phil Collins took over vocals 1976-1977).
"Bill Bruford's Earthworks" was released in 1987 which many consider the time where the Smooth Jazz movement began to get off the ground.
Bruford's Earthworks work convincingly in several different musical languages: traditional jazz, free jazz, and a sort of world-music based fusion.
www.amazon.com /Earthworks-Bill-Brufords/dp/B000003S36   (1992 words)

 BeyondChron: San Francisco's Alternative Online Daily News » Bill Bruford's Earthworks Returns to the U.S.
Bill Bruford's Earthworks Returns to the U.S. by E. "Doc" Smith‚ Nov.
Last year at the Iridium, Bruford and his most recent collaborator, saxophonist Tim Garland dealt with that dilemma by hiring several of New York's top jazz musicians to perform, and released the live CD entitled, "The Earthworks Underground Orchestra".
Bill Bruford's career is like his drumming sound — inimitable.
www.beyondchron.org /articles/Bill_Bruford_s_Earthworks_Returns_to_the_U_S__3871.html   (1092 words)

 Bill Bruford - Random Acts of Happiness - Jazz Review
Keith Jarrett’s Standards Trio hasn’t put out a studio recording in over ten years and is the better for it; and Bill Bruford’s current Earthworks band, which now features the inimitable Tim Garland on assorted reeds and flute, clearly excels at the riskier environment of the concert stage.
Bruford’s mathematical precision on pieces like “Modern Folk,” coupled with his looser approach on “Bajo Del Sol,” shows an artist who, considering his already-established stature continues to look for new inspiration and further develop his sound and approach.
It is interesting, in fact, how things that were, at the time, considered to be signature, like Allan Holdsworth’s guitar or Bruford’s chordal drums, become completely irrelevant in these new arrangements as the ensemble both pays reverence to the source and takes the material to new places.
www.indiejazz.com /IJ-review-b-bruford-acts-of-hapines.aspx   (461 words)

 Bill Bruford Pictures and biography
The new millenium saw a live album release by Bruford Levin's Upper Extremities entitled B.L.U.E. Nights, and the augmentation of Earthworks with the celebrated jazz guitarist Larry Coryell for the 2000 summer jazz festival season.Following an extensive 22 date autumn tour of the UK, Earthworks recorded it's seventh CD in November.
Entitled " The Sound of Surprise", the album uses essentially the same team that produced the successful " A Part, and yet Apart", and was released in March 2001.
Bill Bruford lives in the Surrey Hills with Carolyn, one cat, two fish and three children.
www.angelfire.com /mac/keepitlive/drummers/Bruford/bruford.htm   (585 words)

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