One of my favorite drummers, Bill Bruford has written his autobiography. The first chapter is available to read as a .pdf file on his official website billbruford.com.
The book is a fascinating look into the career of one of the most extraordinary time keepers in rock music. However, Bruford defies the label of rock musician, as his commanding use of rhythm led into many other areas including jazz and world music.
Bill Bruford’s work with Yes and then King Crimson broke new ground during those formative years, as he integrated new techniques and equipment into the drummer’s arsenal. The electronic Simmons pads afforded him new sounds, and eventually grew into an entire percussive orchestra.
I was fortunate enough to catch his show with Patrick Moraz many years ago. It was stunning to witness these two musicians on stage together. Their sound defied definition, captured on album as ‘Music for Piano and Drums.’ I was pleased to meet Bill after the show, where he autographed an old cymbal for me. I’ve always referred to that as my “status cymbal,” it being from a drummer I have admired and imitated for years.
Bruford’s discography boggles the mind. He’s played with an astounding range and number of musicians and groups. Yes, King Crimson, Genesis, Roy Harper, Pavlov’s Dog, UK, Al Di Meola, Tony Levin, Steve Hackett, John Wetton, and a host of world musicians from around the globe.
Bill Bruford’s new autobiography states he has retired from live performances and turned his attention toward other projects, like his stable of record labels Winterfold Records and Summerfold Records.
If you like jazz, then check out his Earthworks label catalog, “where
Bruford encouraged the use of rock technology with a jazz sensibility.” Since 1986, Earthworks has been breaking new ground, in a deliberate return to Bruford’s roots in jazz.
I like your style, Bill; and agree with the philosophy of one of your instruction books, “When In Doubt, Roll!”
Monday, April 13th, 2009
Written by: Mike Withrow
Posted in Blues, Books, Classic Rock, Jazz, Pop, Rock & Roll