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Bill Bruford's Earthworks - Video Anthology Vol 1 - 2000s (DVD)

Genre: Jazz
Release Date: 7th May 2007

Label: Summerfold
Catalogue Number: BBSF016DVD
Price: £10.99
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Bill Bruford's Earthworks - Video Anthology Vol 1 - 2000s

Bill Bruford was a founding member of Yes through the years 1968-1972 and while with the band recorded five albums, each of which was more successful than its predecessor. When Bill left Yes in 1972 for King Crimson following the release of Close To The Edge, there were those who concluded that he’d taken leave of his senses.

But it proved an astute musical move. When King Crimson’s enigmatic leader Robert Fripp decided to split the band after three tumultuous albums and move on to other projects, Bill moved to playing countless sessions, and was also briefly a member of the bands National Health, Gong and, more famously, Genesis, where he played alongside Phil Collins who had just stepped up to the microphone following the departure of Peter Gabriel. Bill was the drummer in the live Genesis situation and was with the band for the majority of 1976 while the band toured their album A Trick Of The Tail.

Since then Bill has developed as a full time jazz drummer, composer and bandleader, and his group Earthworks has been turning heads internationally for 20 years. The two-volume Video Anthology of Earthworks splits the band’s career to date into two separate decades, roughly marking its transition from an electronic to an acoustic outfit. Volume 1 represents the work of the later and current “acoustic” editions of the band in the 2000s, and Volume 2 mostly represents the “electronic” origins of the band in the 1990s.

Anthology Volume 1 – the 2000s

This 1’55” DVD is the first in a two volume anthology of concert footage of Bill Bruford’s Earthworks, one of  the longest lived, best travelled and most original jazz quartets. This volume chronicles the band’s progress through the 2000s; volume 2 does the same for the 1990s.  Filmed on tour in the United States in 2001, Argentina in 2002 and Germany in 2005, this DVD also includes three previously unrecorded tracks, and marks the debut performance of bassist Laurence Cottle and pianist Gwilym Simcock with the group. Most of the material has never before been released on DVD or video. Effortless, elegant and economical, Bruford personifies the art of the drummer and his group Earthworks 'casts new light on the jazz quartet format.' (Los Angeles Times)

'The quartet has a knack for continuously elegant and engaging melodies...(Bruford) has a broad visionary sense and tremendously accomplished musicianship.'  (Japan Times)  

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