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Earthworks Underground Orchestra cd

BBSF013CDTracks: 10

The challenging circumstances surrounding this were described in my book. Musically, it doesn’t get much better than to have some of you own music arranged for a little big band of crack NYC players and to be able to present it in a top NYC jazz club. Steve Wilson’s alto sax solo on ‘Up North’ alone is worth the price of admission. Check this out – I can’t begin to tell you what fun it is to play drums in the middle of this lot.

Bruford-Borstlap

In Two Minds cd

BBSF019CDTracks: 12

Like any conversation between friends, improvisations may get heated, boring, amusing, poetic, argumentative, aggressive, and sullen in varying amounts and at different times, and in musician Glenn Sweeney’s eloquent phrase, they may be ‘as alike or unalike as trees’. ‘Low Tide, Camber Sands’ is no more than a water-colour of a well-known British beach on a hot, hazy windless afternoon; nevertheless, one of my personal favourites.

Pianocircus-Bruford-Riley

Skin and Wire cd

BBSF 023CDTracks: 10

My last CD of fresh material, released in 2009, will always have a special place in my heart, as does my first CD with Yes recorded some 40 years earlier. It’s a long way between the two, in all respects. A composer (Colin Riley) supervises a jazz drummer who used to be a rock drummer (me) playing with a group of classical pianists best known for performing systems music (Pianocircus). Skin and Wire blends electronica, jazz and the avant-garde.

Bill Bruford's Earthworks

Footloose in NYC dvd

BBSF 020DVDTracks: 12

A companion DVD to the live CD ‘Footloose in Fancy Free’, this was recorded at the now defunct Bottom Line club in NYC in 2001. Crimson bass-player Tony Levin was in the audience – we played ‘Original Sin’ for him.

Summerfold Artists

The Summerfold Collection 1987-2008 cd

BBSF 022CD (2 CD set)Tracks: 22

22 tracks from some 21 musicians with whom I consider it a privilege to have worked since 1987. This double album concludes with an acoustic version of ‘Beelzebub’, the first tune I wrote, bringing things neatly full circle. The ‘sound of surprise’ is as good a definition of jazz as you’ll find anywhere; here’s a Japan-only release of the title track of the CD ‘The Sound of Surprise’.

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Pianocircus-Bruford-Riley

Skin and Wire(cd)

BBSF 023CDReleased: 2009-09-07Tracks: 10

My last CD of fresh material, released in 2009, will always have a special place in my heart, as does my first CD with Yes recorded some 40 years earlier. It’s a long way between the two, in all respects. A composer (Colin Riley) supervises a jazz drummer who used to be a rock drummer (me) playing with a group of classical pianists best known for performing systems music (Pianocircus). Skin and Wire blends electronica, jazz and the avant-garde.

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About Summerfold

Drummer Bill Bruford's records, DVDs, and related projects are released on either Summerfold or Winterfold Records ...and are available at the shop

SUMMERFOLD RECORDS has been created to re-issue re-mastered and expanded versions of his work since 1987, together with current and future recordings and related projects.

"He used to be a rock guy, all guitars and electric, and now he's a jazz guy, all saxophones and acoustic." Or so at least goes the rather simplistic shorthand for those who have been good enough to consider Bill's recorded output since 1977. While, for the musician, such distinctions may appear hopelessly old-fashioned, it is, as they say, the way the world works. Back here at the ranch, it seems to us the case that a number of listeners who had hitherto derived pleasure from the earlier music of Holdsworth, Stewart, Berlin, Moraz et al, were unintentionally left behind in the watershed year of 1987 with the arrival of Earthworks, and musicians with less familiar names and smaller amplifiers, like Bates, Ballamy, Garland, and Hamilton. Quite simply, we lost those good listeners and they lost us, for no good reason anyone can think of, and here's the way to reconnect.

For further information please go to the FAQ, or mail us at summerfold@billbruford.com

Where do I buy?

Both labels are currently distributed globally by Voiceprint. For North American customers they are probably cheaper at our online store.