2017/06/10

Bill Bruford's Earthworks ‎- Earthworks (1986)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:01:26 | Size: 131.60 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
01. Thud 04:14
02. Making A Song And Dance 05:56
03. Up North 05:28
04. Pressure 07:26
05. My Heart Declares A Holiday 04:40
06. Emotional Shirt 04:47
07. It Needn't End In Tears 05:14
08. The Shepherd Is Eternal 01:51
09. Bridge Of Inhibition 04:23
10. A Stone's Throw (extra track) 09:00
11. All Heaven Broke Loose (extra track) 08:27

Double Bass – Mick Hutton
Drums, Percussion, Other [Whirled Instruments], Producer – Bill Bruford
Keyboards, Horns [E♭tenor], Trumpet – Django Bates
Mixed By – Owen Morris
Mixed By [Assistant] – Jim Abbiss
Producer, Keyboards [Additional], Keyboards [Bass], Sampler – Dave Stewart
Saxophone [Soprano, Alto, Tenor] – Iain Ballamy


Recorded at Terminal 24 Studios, London October 1986. Mixed at Spaceward Studios, Cambridge, England.
 
Drummer Bill Bruford made a name for himself in the '70s as a rock & roller of a progressive bent. In the '80s he formed the rather extraordinary jazz/fusion band that became Earthworks -- Bruford, saxophonist Iain Ballamy, keyboard and brass virtuoso Django Bates, and bassist Mick Hutton. This was their first album; an interesting one it was, though a later, live recording of the band presented some of the same material in a more highly developed state, rendering this original somewhat irrelevant. Bruford is a stiff-wristed player -- not a particularly subtle percussionist, though his compositional skills are apparently of a high quality (most of the tunes are co-written with other band members, so it's hard to know how much credit to give Bruford). The best thing about this band is its refreshing ingenuousness; they make intelligent, sophisticated instrumental pop music that doesn't pander in the least. This is their art, and a fine art it is.
 

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