Random Acts Of Happiness
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||My Heart Declares A Holiday||Bill Bruford||5:26||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||White Knuckle Wedding||Bill Bruford||7:43||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Turn And Return||Bill Bruford||2:51||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Tramontana||Bill Bruford||8:04||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Bajo Del Sol||Bill Bruford||8:44||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Seems Like A Lifetime Ago (Part 1)||Bill Bruford||3:55||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Modern Folk||Bill Bruford||6:26||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||With Friends Like These...||Bill Bruford||2:52||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Speaking With Wooden Tongues||Bill Bruford||7:54||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||One of A Kind (Part 1)||Bill Bruford||2:09||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||One Of A Kind (Part 2)||Bill Bruford||4:24||$0.99||View in iTunes|
Bill Bruford's reputation might lie on his past work with prog rock bands like Yes and King Crimson, but these days he's completely at home in the amorphous world of modern jazz. This live album shows that he and his band have developed their own strong sound, centered around the sax, flute, and bass clarinet work of the remarkably talented Tim Garland and the piano of Steve Hamilton, who play off and support each other perfectly (just listen to their work on "White Knuckle Wedding," for instance). That's not to lessen the impact of bassist Mark Hodgson and Bruford himself. All four parts of the quartet interlock vitally. At times they sound fairly mainstream and smooth, as on "Tra Montana," and melody is always at the core of what they do. But they're not afraid to push the edges, as on "Modern Folk," with its sharp changes, both in key and rhythm. Bruford also uses Polynesian log drums, sparingly but to great effect, especially on "Speaking With Wooden Tongues." The bonus track, "Blues for Little Joe" is also well-worth hearing: it's a tortuous, exciting ride that highlights the skills of each member in the demands it makes, and a perfect end to an accomplished, distinctive album.
Born: May 17, 1949 in Sevenoaks, Kent, England
Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s