A Part, and Yet Apart
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The disc opens with "No Truce with the Furies," kicking off on a rhythmic piano and bass line with an odd-metered feel to it behind which Bruford skips snare rolls and a steady metronome on the ride. Saxophone then introduces the main theme, edging the piece toward a jazzier feel than the opening suggests followed by an even more thoroughly jazzy piano bit. Some subdued ensemble mayhem full of catchy accents, instrumental flourishes and elegant transitions ensues with a return to the piano-bass and saxophone to close out the piece. For someone not jaded with jazz, this piece might well stand out as having more urgency than is normally associated with "this kind of jazz".
"A Part, and yet Apart" (an inversion of Peter Hammill's closing sentiment from "A Plague of Lighthouse-Keepers"?) starts off with a mellow and easygoing swing feel topped by a lyrical soprano sax lead, then gives way to a more insistent section that gradually builds and flashes (too briefly) through some beautiful harmonized runs to return to the opening mellowness. This basic pattern repeats til the end, with various instruments getting lead duty and emotional crests (including the beautiful runs again). The pairing of the moods here seems especially fine and effective.Read more ›
The result is a quirky bit of fun to rival the first Earthworks album. The point is not whether Bruford is a "jazz drummer", he's not trying to be anyone else but himself here. There's a strong jazz influence, but there's an equal dash of Rock and roll too. Frankly, occasionally, when he pushes into drive mode - he pushes the band beautifully.
Negatives on this album would be it's a little short - and Bruford should did this more often! Mind you, perhaps the beauty is that he makes us wait. Mind you, all credit does not belong with Bruford, Mark Hodgeson on Bass is wonderful (although I could have done with the bass being higher in the mix. Steve Hamilton on keyboards has a great touch, and Patrick Clahar on Sax fits perfectly with Bruford more eccentric touches.
This is a tight album - a very upbeat album. I can't wait for Bruford to find yet more time, and to give us some more Earthworks!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Honestly folks, if you rate this cd less than 4 stars you are either under-rating the disc or over-rating yourself. Read morePublished on May 15, 2001 by Steven Clem Haley
This disc is about the pure joy of making music, If you can sit still while you listen to it, get your ears checked! Read morePublished on August 27, 2000 by Kelly Brennan
Tracks 1,2, and 4 are excellent, the rest of the record is Pat Metheney style, yuppie jazz, albeit with odd-meters to spice things up. 'Dig? Read morePublished on July 25, 2000 by TUCO H.
To follow "ghosts" Bill has teamed up again to produce a suberb set of real jazz .I thought "ghosts "would be difficult to follow but this certaintly does &... Read morePublished on July 13, 2000
In this cd Bill Bruford has finally and thankfully abandoned the cursed "electronic drums" in favor of their natural and organic acoustic superiors. What a difference! Read morePublished on May 9, 2000 by Cactus Ed
Well geez, yeah a very innovative drummer in the Yes genre, but a true jazz player? Nah. I'm personally disappointed in the percussion side of this venture, I expected a whole lot... Read morePublished on October 20, 1999
This latest earthworks is the jazziest so far, in my opinion, but it retains Bruford's distinctive taste for odd and challenging time signatures. Read morePublished on June 25, 1999