Bill Bruford Bill Bruford

Bill Bruford grew up with jazz. As an amateur drummer in the 1960s, and after a handful of lessons from Lou Pocock of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, he began his professional career in 1968. He was a guiding light in the so-called British “Art Rock” movement, touring internationally with Yes and King Crimson from 1968-74. There then followed several years spent observing and participating in the music making processes of, among others, Gong, National Health, Genesis and U.K., until Bill felt ready to write and perform his own music with his own band Bruford, recording four albums from 1977-80.

It was, however, the reconstituted King Crimson of 1980-84 that provided the vehicle for his revolutionary use of electronics in developing the melodic side of percussion. Following an interim two year/two album stint improvising on acoustic piano and drums with Patrick Moraz, Bruford formed his electro-acoustic jazz group Earthworks in 1986, with Django Bates and Iain Ballamy, specifically to continue this work on melody from the drum set, but now in a jazz context. Earthworks, the group's first offering in 1987, was named the “third best jazz album of the year” by America's USA Today; then came Dig? (1989), All Heaven Broke Loose (1991), and the summer 1994 Live set, Stamping Ground.

King Crimson again proved itself a veritable percussion think-tank when it launched the double-rhythm team of Bruford and Pat Mastelotto in the 1994 double-trio incarnation. Through late 1994 and 1995, the band toured the world, giving 120 concerts, and producing studio and live CDs documenting its fresh and innovative use of two drummers. 1996 saw further King Crimson concerts, and the production of a CD Rom encapsulating Bruford's approach, in a tri-format combination of audio and MIDI/digital data, entitled Packet of 3.

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November 26, 2019

Bill Bruford’s Earthworks Announce The Release Of Heavenly Bodies -...

July 26, 2019

Bill Bruford’s ‘Earthworks Complete’ 20 CD / 4 DVD Deluxe Box Set...

June 18, 2018

Bill Bruford's Definitive Boxed Set Nominated For Progressive Music...

January 31, 2018

Scholar And Drum Legend Bill Bruford Authors New Book, "Uncharted:...

August 26, 2017

Drum Legend And Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Inductee Bill Bruford Releases...

October 13, 2011

Foruli Publish Hand-bound Limited Edition Bill Bruford Autobiography

March 15, 2011

Celebrating Time Out: Bill Bruford on Joe Morello

January 20, 2011

Bill Bruford Autobiography: It's the book everyone's talking about...

October 26, 2010

Bill Bruford announces U.S. lecture dates in December

July 06, 2009

Interview with Bill Bruford Part Three at We Will Rock You

July 03, 2009

Bill Bruford Yes/King Crimson/ Earthworks Drummer Interview Part Deux

July 01, 2009

Yes/King Crimson/Earthworks Drummer Bill Bruford Interviewed

May 17, 2009

Jazz Musician of the Day: Bill Bruford

February 26, 2009

Exclusive Excerpt and Review of Drummer Bill Bruford's Autobiography at...

January 26, 2009

Veteran Drummer Bill Bruford Retires from Public Performance

May 21, 2008

Free Bruford Sampler DVD and Catalogue

April 02, 2008

Colin Riley Talks About His New Collaboration with Bill Bruford

February 21, 2008

Bill Bruford Releases Podcast on New Bruford/Borstlap Release in Two...

February 15, 2008

Bruford-Borstlap New CD "IN TWO MINDS" released February 12th

June 16, 2007

Bill Bruford Interviewed at AAJ


Albums by Bill Bruford

Album Heavenly Bodies – The Expanded Collection by Bill Bruford

Heavenly Bodies –...

Summerfold UK

Album Sheer Reckless Abandon by Bill Bruford

Sheer Reckless Abandon

Summerfold Records

Album Bill Bruford’s ‘Earthworks Complete’ by Bill Bruford

Bill Bruford’s...

Summerfold Records

Album Earthworks Complete by Bill Bruford

Earthworks Complete

Summerfold Records

Album Seems Like a Lifetime Ago 1977 - 1980 by Bill Bruford

Seems Like a Lifetime...

Gonzo Multimedia

Album Skin and Wire by Bill Bruford

Skin and Wire

Summerfold Records



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