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Bruford-Garland

Earthworks Underground Orchestra cd

BBSF013CDTracks: 10

The challenging circumstances surrounding this were described in my book. Musically, it doesn’t get much better than to have some of you own music arranged for a little big band of crack NYC players and to be able to present it in a top NYC jazz club. Steve Wilson’s alto sax solo on ‘Up North’ alone is worth the price of admission. Check this out – I can’t begin to tell you what fun it is to play drums in the middle of this lot.

Bruford-Borstlap

In Two Minds cd

BBSF019CDTracks: 12

Like any conversation between friends, improvisations may get heated, boring, amusing, poetic, argumentative, aggressive, and sullen in varying amounts and at different times, and in musician Glenn Sweeney’s eloquent phrase, they may be ‘as alike or unalike as trees’. ‘Low Tide, Camber Sands’ is no more than a water-colour of a well-known British beach on a hot, hazy windless afternoon; nevertheless, one of my personal favourites.

Pianocircus-Bruford-Riley

Skin and Wire cd

BBSF 023CDTracks: 10

My last CD of fresh material, released in 2009, will always have a special place in my heart, as does my first CD with Yes recorded some 40 years earlier. It’s a long way between the two, in all respects. A composer (Colin Riley) supervises a jazz drummer who used to be a rock drummer (me) playing with a group of classical pianists best known for performing systems music (Pianocircus). Skin and Wire blends electronica, jazz and the avant-garde.

Bill Bruford's Earthworks

Footloose in NYC dvd

BBSF 020DVDTracks: 12

A companion DVD to the live CD ‘Footloose in Fancy Free’, this was recorded at the now defunct Bottom Line club in NYC in 2001. Crimson bass-player Tony Levin was in the audience – we played ‘Original Sin’ for him.

Summerfold Artists

The Summerfold Collection 1987-2008 cd

BBSF 022CD (2 CD set)Tracks: 22

22 tracks from some 21 musicians with whom I consider it a privilege to have worked since 1987. This double album concludes with an acoustic version of ‘Beelzebub’, the first tune I wrote, bringing things neatly full circle. The ‘sound of surprise’ is as good a definition of jazz as you’ll find anywhere; here’s a Japan-only release of the title track of the CD ‘The Sound of Surprise’.

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Bruford-Borstlap

In Concert in Holland DVD(dvd)

BBSF 007DVDReleased: 2001-11-04Tracks: 12

This was the first time Michiel Borstlap and I had played together. We’d only met at an airport the day before. The music is almost entirely improvised, as it was to be on all the subsequent two CDs. Jazz improvising implies listening and participating in a conversation, as opposed to reciting a written text. Paramount for success will be the ability to listen, to know when and how much to contribute, and when and how long to be silent. If it could have been written, there would have been no point in improvising it.

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Bruford-Borstlap

Every Step a Dance, Every Word a Song(cd)

BBSF 006CDReleased: 2004-11-01Tracks: 9

Arnold Schoenberg allegedly maintained that all composition is just very slow improvisation, and we accept the corollary - that improvisation is extremely fast composition - to be equally true. Ideally, the listener cannot hear the join between the two. The composed sounds improvised and the improvised sounds composed. ‘16 Kingdoms...’ was recorded live and unprepared in a sweltering tent in Germany with 3000 people in it.

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Bruford-Borstlap

In Two Minds(cd)

BBSF019CDReleased: 2008-02-04Tracks: 12

Like any conversation between friends, improvisations may get heated, boring, amusing, poetic, argumentative, aggressive, and sullen in varying amounts and at different times, and in musician Glenn Sweeney’s eloquent phrase, they may be ‘as alike or unalike as trees’. ‘Low Tide, Camber Sands’ is no more than a water-colour of a well-known British beach on a hot, hazy windless afternoon; nevertheless, one of my personal favourites.

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Bruford-Garland

Earthworks Underground Orchestra(cd)

BBSF013CDReleased: 2006-01-30Tracks: 10

The challenging circumstances surrounding this were described in my book. Musically, it doesn’t get much better than to have some of you own music arranged for a little big band of crack NYC players and to be able to present it in a top NYC jazz club. Steve Wilson’s alto sax solo on ‘Up North’ alone is worth the price of admission. Check this out – I can’t begin to tell you what fun it is to play drums in the middle of this lot.

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World Drummers Ensemble

A Coat of Many Colors [Dual-Disc](other)

BBSF 015DDReleased: 2006-02-20Tracks: 10

This is a Dual-Disc; one side audio, the other video. The first of three percussion-only titles on the label. I never play drums without something in my hands with which to do so, so the art of the hand-drummer is something of a mystery to me. I love watching Luis and Doudou, the personification of rhythm, at work on the accompanying video.

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The New Percussion Group of Amsterdam

Go Between(cd)

BBSF 018CDReleased: 2007-10-01Tracks: 4

Inside the beating heart of one of the world’s greatest orchestras - the Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra - lies a percussion section with an individual and separate identity. The New Percussion Group of Amsterdam (Nieuwe Slagwerkgroep Amsterdam) was founded in 1980 by two solo percussionists of the orchestra, Jan Pustjens and Niels Le Large, specifically to bring new and adventurous percussion works to a young and modern audience. I was privileged to be invited to join them on the lengthy title track.

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Pete Lockett feat. Bill Bruford

One(cd)

BBSF 024CDReleased: 2010-01-25Tracks: 10

Our jaded Western drumset rhythms would probably have fossilised some years back if it hadn’t been for the healthy infusion of the rhythms and colours of India, Cuba, Latin-America, and Africa, and it seems that visiting with and borrowing from these and other cultures, while approaching their rhythmic depth with proper respect, is what is going to continue to give our popular music vibrancy. This CD is a stroll through the riches of other nations’ rhythmic heritages. Lockett is master percussionist and tour-guide.

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Audio

Bill Bruford's Earthworks

Video Anthology Volume 1 (The 2000s) DVD(dvd)

BBSF 016DVDReleased: 2007-05-07Tracks: 14

This was a great opportunity to pull together all those videos and TV shows lying around that show Earthworks in full sail. This first volume takes the band through the 2000s ending with great performances from Tim Garland (saxes), Gwilym Simcock (piano), and Laurie Cottle (bass). Here’s a strong tune - ‘Youth’, written by Garland.

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Video

Bill Bruford's Earthworks

Video Anthology Volume 2 (1990s) DVD(dvd)

BBSF 017DVDReleased: 2007-05-0711

One of the aims of the earlier Earthworks and electronic drums was to challenge perceptions about what drummers should, or should not, be doing in jazz. This DVD has plenty of that in the 1990’s, giving way to an acoustic edition of the group at the end of the decade.

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Summerfold Artists

The Summerfold Collection 1987-2008(cd)

BBSF 022CD (2 CD set)Released: 2009-02-02Tracks: 22

22 tracks from some 21 musicians with whom I consider it a privilege to have worked since 1987. This double album concludes with an acoustic version of ‘Beelzebub’, the first tune I wrote, bringing things neatly full circle. The ‘sound of surprise’ is as good a definition of jazz as you’ll find anywhere; here’s a Japan-only release of the title track of the CD ‘The Sound of Surprise’.

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About Summerfold

Drummer Bill Bruford's records, DVDs, and related projects are released on either Summerfold or Winterfold Records ...and are available at the shop

SUMMERFOLD RECORDS has been created to re-issue re-mastered and expanded versions of his work since 1987, together with current and future recordings and related projects.

"He used to be a rock guy, all guitars and electric, and now he's a jazz guy, all saxophones and acoustic." Or so at least goes the rather simplistic shorthand for those who have been good enough to consider Bill's recorded output since 1977. While, for the musician, such distinctions may appear hopelessly old-fashioned, it is, as they say, the way the world works. Back here at the ranch, it seems to us the case that a number of listeners who had hitherto derived pleasure from the earlier music of Holdsworth, Stewart, Berlin, Moraz et al, were unintentionally left behind in the watershed year of 1987 with the arrival of Earthworks, and musicians with less familiar names and smaller amplifiers, like Bates, Ballamy, Garland, and Hamilton. Quite simply, we lost those good listeners and they lost us, for no good reason anyone can think of, and here's the way to reconnect.

For further information please go to the FAQ, or mail us at summerfold@billbruford.com

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