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BRUFORD: ONE OF A KIND

Bill Bruford

 

Jazz Rock/Fusion

4.10 | 271 ratings

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SouthSideoftheSky
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4 stars One of its kind

One Of A Kind was the second album released under the name Bruford and it is a definite improvement over the debut Feels Good To Me. Admittedly I didn't always rate this album as highly as I do now, but it has grown on me over the years since I first heard it. The leader of Bruford is of course Bill Bruford, drummer of Yes, King Crimson, UK, and several other well-known bands (even including a brief stint with Genesis!). In UK, Bill worked with the inimitable guitarist Allan Holdsworth who also appears here to great effect. The music found on One Of A Kind is nonetheless not all that similar to that of UK as this is much more of a Jazz-Rock/Fusion album. Even so I'm often reminded of Emerson, Lake & Palmer when hearing this album. Keyboards are handled by Dave Stewart and bass guitar by Jeff Berlin. There are no vocals on the album except some out-of-place, annoying spoken word passages on Fainting In Coils, which is taken from Alice's Adventures In Wonderland. This silly piece plays the role of Benny The Bouncer or Are You Ready Eddy from ELP's albums or perhaps The Story Of The Hare Who Lost His Spectacles from Jethro Tull's A Passion Play.

Even if Bill Bruford contributed to better music elsewhere - and there is nothing here that compares with Yes' Close To The Edge or King Crimson's Starless, or even UK's In The Dead Of Night - One Of A Kind is still a very worthy addition to a progressive Rock collection, especially if you are into the jazzier side of the spectrum.

SouthSideoftheSky | 4/5 |

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