Monday, 26 February 2018
Bruford. Bill - One Of A Kind (1979)
The second album from this English drummer.
Bill Bruford had help from the same musicians from his first album. That is Jeff Berlin on bass, Allan Holdsworth on guitars and Dave Stewart on synths and keyboards. A very strong setup indeed.
They had help from Eddie Jobson on violin, a guitarist, a narrator and a female vocalist.
I really liked his debut album Feels Good To Me from 1978. You can read my review here. I was therefore looking forward to this album.
The female vocals from Feels Good To Me has gone and been replaced with a much more clean and focused fusion sound.
Bill Bruford's drums and Allan Holdsworth's guitars is weaving a lot of soundscapes on this album. The music is pretty intense, but not the most intense I have encountered. The band also slows down a bit on half of the material here.
The sound is based on this quartet of musicians and therefore much more barren than on the debut album. This is much more a true, hardcore fusion album with a lot of jazz influences too.
The end result is a good album though. It is different from the debut album, but it is still a good album. Check it out.