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Early life[ edit ] Bruford was born on 17 May in Sevenoaks , Kent , the third child of Betty and John Bruford, a local veterinary surgeon. Bruford recalled it as "a perfect education". They then performed as a four-piece  named The Breed, a rhythm and blues and soul band that Bruford played with from to until he was unable to attend all their gigs, leaving the band to hire a second drummer.
After he left boarding school, Bruford took a gap year before he intended to start an economics course at Leeds University. After he was unsuccessful in being able to join the band, Bruford "hung around until the end and told them they had the wrong guy I talked my way into it". Bruford then spotted an advertisement in a music shop from The Noise, who were looking for a drummer to play with them for a six-week residency at the Piper Club in Rome , Italy.
The four entered rehearsals, which ended in Peter Banks replacing Bayley on guitar, and changed their name to Yes with new recruit, keyboardist Tony Kaye. His main interest was allowing the drums to "be heard" as Squire tuned his bass high, and so developed a style that involved unusual "beat placement" and time signatures. Rehearsals began in September , followed by an extensive UK tour. His instinct to remember complicated drum parts was shown when he learned how to play the long percussion and guitar part in the middle of " 21st Century Schizoid Man ", "by listening to it and just learning it.
In late , he became a temporary member of the French-Anglo band Gong for a European tour after drummer Laurie Allan was busted for drugs at a border. Bruford then chose to wait for an appealing offer while earning money as a session musician. After Genesis, Bruford became involved in a tentative rock trio with Rick Wakeman and John Wetton , which received press coverage in October The group disbanded weeks later, after Wakeman opted to rejoin Yes instead.
In , Bruford formed his own band named Bruford. After their debut album U. Bruford resumed activity in his own group to release One of a Kind Almost entirely instrumental, the album contains some spoken lines by Bruford during the introduction to "Fainting in Coils".
Unfinished songs for a projected fourth album were recorded in , but remained unreleased until The four recorded Discipline , Beat , and Three of a Perfect Pair , all featuring Bruford on acoustic and electronic drums, allowing him to play programmed tuned pitches and sound effects which expanded his capabilities as a result. The project had Bruford develop a "real taste for improvising".
The albums were supported with several live shows, including a tour of Japan. He recalled: "We rehearsed briefly, but I think decided we were mutually unsuited! Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe was released in and the group toured the album worldwide. In January , Bruford reconvened Earthworks: the group would continue in its current form until , recording one further studio album and a live album before the departure of Django Bates and the subsequent fissioning of the whole band.
Rehearsals to develop new material followed, as well as a week of performance with the sub-group ProjeKcts One in , after which Bruford left the band and its iterations for good.
His reason for abandoning King Crimson was his frustration with rehearsals, which he felt came to nothing. Earthworks finally disbanded in These included a collaboration with Americans Eddie Gomez and Ralph Towner in , the jazz-rock band Bruford Levin Upper Extremities , a duo with Dutch pianist Michiel Borstlap ,  the contemporary composer Colin Riley with the Piano Circus collective , and in presenting drum clinics. In , Bruford established two record labels.
Winterfold Records covers his earlier releases including his guitar and rock-oriented music. The other, Summerfold Records, focuses on his jazz output, mostly from post Also in early , Bruford released his autobiography.
Bill Bruford - The Autobiography: Yes, King Crimson, Earthworks and More
David Sinclair enjoys the witty and erudite reminiscences of a rock drummer turned jazzman David Sinclair Published on Sat 11 Apr Then he moved into jazz, where he enjoyed success with his own group, Earthworks, but on a necessarily reduced scale. Having turned his back on a lucrative position at the heart of the rock machine, he has since found himself, like nearly all jazz musicians, operating as a cottage industry on the sidelines of the marketplace. He has found it a slog, to put it mildly, and at the age of 59 has now announced his retirement, with an almost audible sigh of relief. As well as allowing him to tell his side of the story, his book serves as an extended resignation letter to the industry that has fed, fascinated and frustrated him for more than 40 years. The most surprising feature of these memoirs is the lack of self-belief to which Bruford candidly admits.
Early life[ edit ] Bruford was born on 17 May in Sevenoaks , Kent , the third child of Betty and John Bruford, a local veterinary surgeon. Bruford recalled it as "a perfect education". They then performed as a four-piece  named The Breed, a rhythm and blues and soul band that Bruford played with from to until he was unable to attend all their gigs, leaving the band to hire a second drummer. After he left boarding school, Bruford took a gap year before he intended to start an economics course at Leeds University.
The Official Website of Bill Bruford and Bill Bruford's Earthworks