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Bill Bruford If Summer Had Its Ghosts UK CD album

1. If Summer Had Its Ghosts
2. Never The Same Way Once
3. Forgiveness
4. Somersaults
5. Thistledown
6. The Ballad Of Vilcabamba
7. Amethyst (For Carmen)
8. Splendour Among Shadows
9. Some Other Time
10. Silent Pool
11. Now Is The Next Time

Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 4, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Discipline Us
  • ASIN: B000005OO4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #368,106 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 15, 1999
Format: Audio CD
With this album, Bill Bruford has finally made the jazz album that has been in him all his life. He has finally managed to fuse all the rhythmic sensibilities he has been exploring into a melodic vehicle that more than sparkles, it sings!
If jazz is about music, then ISHiG is about jazz. Bruford and his mates Towner and Gomez play with such style and sophistication that the listener is drawn in like a lover.
Don't let the apparent "simplicity" of the music fool you: there are many layers to peel away here, and each listen brings a fresh revelation.
As one former colleague of mine would say, this album is gorgeous. There's no other word for it.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Laurence Leabow on December 17, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I love this album so much. I've heard lots of Bill, practically everything he has recorded and I just appreciate where he's taken me musically over the years as I buy albums because they have his name on them. It's hardly ever a bum steer, but this is especially wonderful because for me it's a new path stylistically and though it's top-drawer playing it's not "challenging." You can just pretty much snuggle right up with it. The title song is one of my favorites and the above mentioned cut is literally therapeutic when I'm stressed-out: It doesn't just soothe it reaches in and validates your humaness at the same time. I had not heard Ralph Towner before this recording and after growing up with Steve Howe and Allan Holdsworth as favorites, his looser style(mainly on twelve-string) is new and refreshing for me. A gem.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By TUCO H. on October 1, 2007
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Here's yet another excellent album among many Bill Bruford has been associated with. He's the only ex-member of Yes to have produced consistently high-quality work for the past 30 years. Bruford may not have the super-chops of a Colaiuta, Weckl or Gadd but he's more clever than all of them. Far from being "out-of-his-league" as another reviewer suggests, he creates his own league and unique field of play for his formidable accomplices. He could easily try to show off with flash or worse yet try to play like a typical jazz drummer and have this record sound like so many hundreds of others and put all the pressure on Towner to make it work. Instead he penetrates these tunes like a Swiss watch that can melt and bend as in a Dali painting. Bruford sticks firmly to his calculated and finely-tuned un-loose style but this is the restraint he needs to slowly unwind his drumming art besides providing a unique strict-timed background for Towner and Gomez, especially Towner to feed off. This makes the record sound 'one-of-a-kind,' a perfect fusion and blend of styles rather than tied to any one discipline. All that wouldn't matter if the compositions weren't excellent and here you have them. Every track is a great piece played with consummate skill by all three players with just the right amount of looseness and improvisation to maximize its potential, if not quite maximizing it to the transcendent masterpiece level you might hear on Towner's "Solstice." The last track is kind of out-of-place with the rest of the material and a bit more rock-oriented and closer to the late-70s Bruford-Band material but still a fun listen and nice way to close the album with a bit of a bang. The sound quality on the album is way above the average and on par with ECM recordings although without the often suffocating sameness of high quality recording you hear on some of the ECM albums.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 23, 1998
Format: Audio CD
This was a welcome surprise, Bill Bruford's first venture into more traditional jazz territory. Ralph Towner is spectacular throughout, and Eddie Gomez plays well with Bruford. Bill's writing has become more concise since the first Earthworks days or the One of a Kind album. Great musicianship makes these well-written songs winners.
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