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Bill Bruford


Jazz Rock/Fusion

3.63 | 55 ratings

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4 stars This being the only official live recording of Bruford's fusion band (his best band under his name, if you ask me), we're kind of stck with it. The recording quality is only fair, as it was taken from a 2-track made for a radio broadcast. The keyboards distort some during Hells Bells, but otherwise the sound, for what it is, is decent. The last song on each album side on the vinyl LP (and apparently on the CD as well) fades out before the song is over. That is a shame, as 5G, the encore was just getting going as it fades.

The band was in fine form for that show, and John Clark, while not as unique a guitarist as Allan Holdsworth, does a good job.

Some nice moments: the band breaking into Back To The Beginning during Fainting In Coils, and Jeff Berlin quoting Jack Bruce basslines during The Sahara Of Snow.

Sure, we would love to have a better live recording of Bruford's fusion group. But what can you do?

Evolver | 4/5 |


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