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Patrick Moraz/Bill Bruford: Music for Piano and Drums

Throughout his career, British drummer Bill Bruford has played progressive rock (with Yes, Genesis, King Crimson) and jazz (with the electric Bruford and the acoustic Earthworks) with equal authority. On his new record labels, Summerfold and Winterfold, he showcases his jazzier output, supplementing the albums with an extra CD of interviews and audio samples.

Originally recorded in 1983, Music for Piano and Drums (Winterfold) pairs Bruford’s precision playing on the kit with Swiss keyboardist Patrick Moraz, formerly of Yes and the Moody Blues. The most daring tracks are the two improv pieces: “Living Space” showcases Bruford’s deft touch with brushes in an engaging dialogue with Moraz, and the frantically swinging “Any Suggestions” has Bruford keeping a steady boppish pulse on the ride cymbal while matching Moraz’s rapid-fire keyboard runs with Max Roach-like snare and tom-tom statements. Bruford fuels Moraz’s outre Cecil Taylor-esque excursions on “Symmetry” with some furious playing of his own, then provides supportive brushwork behind the pianist’s rhapsodic ballad “Galatea.”

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