- Language: English
- Number of discs: 1
- Classification: Exempt
- Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B0000633T9
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 178,346 in Film & TV (See Top 100 in Film & TV)
In typical Bruford style, the music is full of twists and turns, interlocking melodies and fantastic counterpoints. The interplay within the whole band is simply a joy to behold! His music is difficult to play, yet the band are so tight - and you can just tell they're loving it! Bruford seems to have captured a particular "sound" as well. This is evident throughout all his compositions. To me, his melodies have an almost Eastern element to them - very distinctive. Once again, for an "un-trained" composer, this is quite brilliant.
Of course, his drumming is great. His music gives him full reign of the kit, and all his trademark little drumming tricks playing with the beat. His kit is set up oddly too - with all the drums laid out flat, curving around him. It kind of looks like a Classical percussion set up! Many associate Bill with his progressive rock drumming with the likes of YES and KING CRIMSON, but, in actual fact he's an exceptional jazz musician.
I actually prefer this edition to the original EARTHWORKS - though that was also a great band. He's brought the overall dynamics of the music down quite considerably in this line up, without losing any of the intensity. It really is a great performance. The poor picture quality in no way detracts from this fact. I think it may even have meant to come across as "grainy", thus adding to the overall atmosphere of sitting in a small jazz club listening to world class musicians.
From tight arrangements through to blistering post-bop improvisation the group cover a wide spectrum. Patrick Clahar's powerful Trane-influenced sax blending with Steve Hamilton's effortlessly sophisticated piano playing and all underpinned by Bruford's authoritative drumming.
The visuals aren't that great but the music is top draw. As an added incentive you get an engaging interview with Bruford who, as ever, manages to express the true believer's love of jazz whilst turning his caustic dry humour on almost everything else.