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FEELS GOOD TO ME

Bill Bruford

 

Jazz Rock/Fusion

3.90 | 135 ratings

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UMUR
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4 stars The debut solo album from drummer Bill Bruford ( Yes, King Crimson, UK and more) is actually a pretty good fusion album. I was a bit surprised that I liked it so much but a bit reluctantly I found myself enjoying Feels Good to Me very much.

The diversity was the first thing that struck me after listening to Feels Good to Me a couple of times. Itīs not a very jazzy album and parallels can be drawn especially to UK which Bill Bruford would play with the year after the release of this album. Itīs just hints though because this album is not symphonic. Most of the songs are prog/ fusion instrumentals with good performances from the various musicians involved.

You canīt really hear that this is a solo album from a drummer as the drums are not especially dominant. Bill Bruford plays wonderfully of course but he is not very dominant. Personally I like the songs where Annette Peacock sings her beautiful jazzy lines. Back to the beginning and Seems Like a Lifetime Ago are really special in my ears. Iīm glad the whole album doesnīt sound like this though, but it really helps the albums diversity that there are songs like that on here.

The musicians Bill Bruford has chosen are all outstanding and it shows in the tight interplay between the musicians. As a Holdsworth fan Iīm happy that he plays a couple of solos here because it really hightens my enjoyment.

The sound quality is outstanding. This has got to be one of the best productions from that time. Really great.

Feels Good to Me is an excellent album and I wouldnīt be without it in my collection. If youīre like me and donīt fancy jazz too much donīt worry this oneīs not that jazzy and if you like other projects Bill Bruford has been involved in you should really give this album a chance as you might be surprised about the mans diversity and talent. Iīll rate the album 4 stars. This is not quite a masterpiece in my ears as some of the themes tend to be a bit too easy listening for me but it is still and excellent album and highly recommendable.

UMUR | 4/5 |

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