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Bill Bruford: Circle Unbroken

Bill Bruford
Bill Bruford (Courtesy of Virgin Records)

Who would have thunk that, in these multifarious, culturally precarious late ’90s, two early icons of British rock drumming would be taking their rightful place in the jazz world? Ginger Baker, former Cream drummer, has now cut two trio albums with Bill Frisell and Charlie Haden. And now Bill Bruford, alumnus of Yes and still-extant drum presence in King Crimson, has just released If Summer Had Its Ghosts on the Discipline label, a largely acoustic trio session with guitarist Ralph Towner and bassist Eddie Gomez.

On the other hand, why shouldn’t these creative musicians, who happen to be British rock drummers of note, indulge their jazz muses? Chalk it up, perhaps, to late-blossoming ambitions.

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