Early life[ edit ] Bruford was born on 17 May in Sevenoaks , Kent , the third child of Betty and John Bruford, a local veterinary surgeon. Bruford recalled it as "a perfect education". They then performed as a four-piece [7] named The Breed, a rhythm and blues and soul band that Bruford played with from to until he was unable to attend all their gigs, leaving the band to hire a second drummer. After he left boarding school, Bruford took a gap year before he intended to start an economics course at Leeds University.

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A lot has been going on at Bruford Towers recently. FYI, and for newcomers to this site [ Winterfold Records curates and controls the [ Following the recent success of the Winterfold box [ Too jazz for rock, and too rock for jazz. Earthworks needed a come-back album that took no prisoners, and much of this I really like. The music is almost entirely improvised, as it was to be on all the subsequent two CDs.

Jazz improvising implies listening and participating in a conversation, as opposed to reciting a written text. Paramount for success will be the ability to listen, to know when and how much to contribute, and when and how long to be silent.

If it could have been written, there would have been no point in improvising it. It has been out of print for several years and during that time has climbed to dizzying heights of value on the second hand market, currently selling for a couple of hundred dollars.

Bill is regularly asked if a new affordable version will ever be published — and now it is to be! Bill Bruford When in Doubt, Roll!


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Share via Email The autobiographies of musicians do not usually abound with scholarly analysis and fascinating philosophical insights, and autobiographies of drummers do not abound, period. Then he moved into jazz, where he enjoyed success with his own group, Earthworks, but on a necessarily reduced scale. Having turned his back on a lucrative position at the heart of the rock machine, he has since found himself, like nearly all jazz musicians, operating as a cottage industry on the sidelines of the marketplace. He has found it a slog, to put it mildly, and at the age of 59 has now announced his retirement, with an almost audible sigh of relief.


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Shelves: rereads "Talent may never actually be in your possession at all. And there is a tension here that every musician will recognize, between tradition and creation, between the firm sense of musical tradition that has to be preserved, documented, refined, and elaborated, and is personified by someone like trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, as distinct from the equally firm belief in the value of creativity and the importance of the new, fresh, and original. Perhaps talent is the difference between playing the notes "Talent may never actually be in your possession at all. Perhaps musical talent is no more or less than the ability to be recognised as musically talented.


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