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Songs / Tracks Listing

DVD 1: Footloose in NYC (110 min. approx.)
1. Revel Without a Pause (9:09)
2. Never the Same Way Once (8:37)
3. Original Sin (9:31)
4. Come to Dust (10:42)
5. Some Shiver While He Cavorts (5:47)
6. The Wooden Man Sings and the Stone Woman Dances (8:22)
7. The Emperor's New Clothes (7:37)
8. The Shadow of a Doubt (9:40)
9. Triplicity (8:32)
10. Footloose and Fancy Free (10:12)
11. Cloud Cookoo Land (7:51)
12. The Bridge of Inhibition (9:52)

DVD 2: The DVD Sampler and Interview (87 min. approx.)
1. Bruford: Rock Goes to College (excerpt)
2. Bill Bruford's Earthworks: Footloose in NYC (excerpt)
3. Bruford- Borstlap: Live in Holland (excerpt)
4. Bill Bruford's Earthworks: Anthology Vol 1 (excerpt)
5. Bill Bruford's Earthworks: Anthology Vol 2 (excerpt)
6. The World Drummers Ensemble: A Coat of Many Colors (excerpt)
7. Bill Bruford Interview

Line-up / Musicians

- Bill Bruford / drums
- Patrick Clahar / tenor & soprano saxophones
- Steve Hamilton / piano
- Mark Hodgson / bass

Releases information

DVD: Summerfold, BBSF 020DVD.
Filmed at The Bottom Line Club, New York, May 30-31, 2001.
Contains also full discography and biography, and a 4-page booklet with liner notes by Michael Shore.

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BILL BRUFORD'S EARTHWORKS Footloose in NYC ratings distribution

(3 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(33%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(33%)
Good, but non-essential (33%)
Collectors/fans only (0%)
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Review by Matti
3 stars There are in fact quite many DVD releases from Bill Bruford('s Eathworks) even though this is the only one added here, this far. I'm having, on loan from a library, a 2DVD release. The main disc has the May 2001 gig from The Bottom Line jazz club, New York, including also an interview section. The second disc contains retrospective material, ie. clips from other DVD's, tied together with Bruford's career-analyzing interview done by Jon Kirkman.

The gig features, besides Bruford on drums, pianist Steve Hamilton, saxophonist Patrick Clahar and bassist Mark Hodgson. "An intimate, up-close evening of state- of-the-art jazz. Effortless, elegant and economical, Bruford personifies the art of the drummer", to cite the back cover. Right, this is jazz through and through. The compositions are mostly taken from two Earthworks albums, A Part, And Yet Apart (1999) and The Sound of Surprise (2001). Michael Shore's liner notes succeed also to describe the music. "Earthworks does not play the usual head-solo-solo-solo-head game. Instead the sleek, brisk uptempo tunes are full of restless, written shifts in tone, tempo and dynamics."

For a proghead the second disc is probably more interesting because of the glimpses to various line-ups in Bill Bruford's leadership. Gracefully the live cuts are complete pieces. Although subtitles would help foreign viewers to absorb the interview better, it's a good one. The musical personality of this British gentleman known from classic prog acts Yes, King Crimson and UK is very 'progressive' in the literary sense of the word. "Once you know how to do Close to the Edge, move on, or Red by King Crimson, keep moving on."

"Too rock for jazz, too jazz for rock" is where he enjoys being, without a need to firmly categorize his music. When he used electric drums in the early Earthworks period, the reactions were very divided. Admittedly they sound rather toyish, and gladly it was a passing phace. The intelligent interview goes deep into Bill's history as a drummer, composer and group leader. The visual quality of the excerpts from earlier DVD's is not first rate, but I daresay this set is very recommendable to Bruford fans.

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