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    Posted: January 12 2006 at 05:07
Coming soon from Summerfold/Winterfold
Bill Bruford and Tim Garland/Earthworks Underground Orchestra
....import CD
"A world class display of old fashioned English understatement." The
London.    The close working relationship between two leading
individuals on
the London jazz scene, drummer Bill Bruford and saxophonist Tim
Garland, is
mirrored in the creation of the Earthworks Underground Orchestra. This
little big band's debut performance in the USA at Iridium, New York
was captured live in full roaring swing, and the result will appeal
alike to
Earthworks fans, and fans from Bruford's former life in King Crimson
Yes.  Earthworks, as a small group, celebrates its 20th Anniversary in
and when Bruford and Garland took fresh arrangements of some of the
best loved tunes over to NYC to work with some of the finest players in
U.S. in a nine-piece configuration, it sounded like the perfect
party was just around the corner! This CD oozes that feeling of fun and
excitement as the celebrations get under way.  It is indeed a rare
opportunity to find Bill in such a unique setting. "The last time I did
anything on this scale was with the Buddy Rich Orchestra, which I
loved," he
says.  "I like to think I did at least as well with them as Buddy would
done with King Crimson!  It's a privilege for me to have the
book given the Garland treatment.  I wasn't sure I knew entirely what
would sound like with the American guys, but for certain I had the best
in the house when I finally found out."  The CD includes Earthworks
standards such as "Up North" and "Libreville," newer material such as
del Sol" and "Speaking in Wooden Tongues," and the beautiful ballads
Neednít End In Tears" and "Rosa Ballerina."  Several of the band
--trumpeter Alex Sipiagin, alto player Steve Wilson, saxophonist Tim
Garland-- are distinguished jazz leaders in their own right. 
Underground Orchestra comes with a bonus 2 track CD for the first 3000
individually numbered copies. For those familiar with Bill Bruford's
Earthworks, this is a hugely entertaining way of re-visiting the band's
loved tunes; for those unfamiliar with the band, or the sound of a
group of the USA's top players in action, hold onto your hats!

Bill Bruford & the World Drummers Ensemble/A Coat of Many Colours
CD (dual disc) $18.99
Four percussion masters, global leaders in their respective
come together for a highly-charged musical exchange; explosive,
unpredictable, and unusual. Doudou N'Diaye Rose (Senagalese master of
sabar), Chad Wackerman (Frank Zappa, Allan Holdsworth, etc.), Luis
(Madonna, Michael Jackson), and Bill Bruford (Yes, King Crimson,
etc.), are known internationally as the World Drummers Ensemble. For
unfamiliar with, or unpersuaded by, the astonishing and increasing grip
the percussive arts as an innovative force in music across continents,
Dual Disc CD/DVD offers conclusive proof, were any needed, that rhythm
at the heart of all things.  The music includes pieces from all
members, but
also from Switzerland via Pierre Favre, Turkey via the Harem Percussion
Group, America via Max Roach, and there's even a re-working of King
Crimson's "B'Boom." This Dual Disc CD audio/DVD documents over an hour
their ambitious programme from concerts in Amsterdam and Brussels, and
includes a complimentary 15 minute DVD on the reverse side.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 16 2006 at 11:30
Thanks for the info Dick. I like Bill Bruford's work, in particular his 1st solo release "Feels Good to Me" is a favourite of mine, & I'd like to hear some more of his work with Patrick Moraz which I read is being re-released, also the "World Drummers Ensemble" sounds interesting (for the name of a drummer, Chad Wackerman has to be the best!! - I have him on some of Zappa's stuff, didn't know he'd played with Allan Holdsworth) 
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