52 tracks of jazz for 2021. 39. “Seems like there’s a whole life” – Bill Bruford, Feels Good to Me, 1978 – News, reviews, articles and commentary from the London jazz scene and beyond
Jon Turney’s 39th Weekly Selections the drummer makes the best use of an elusive singer.
A set of two halves, labeled Parts One and Two on the original, and posted separately on YouTube (see below). The first half really stays with me, but the combination works.
Drummer Bill Bruford (this is Dr Bruford, now retired drummer) was a leader, using everyone he saw fit to play with. This lot became the group Bruford, who pointed out who was the famous. Dave stewartKeyboards were at the heart of Hatfield and the North and National Health. Add an American electric bass player Jeff Berlin and Allan Holdsworth and that’s a whole bunch.
The debut album also shone thanks to a unique collaboration with the little-known vocal genius, Annette Peacock. His performance on the first part here – the LP earworm – is magnificent, as always. The group, in hindsight, may seem a little airless. My musical brain works slowly, so all of Holdsworth’s solos sound fundamentally similar to me, although I like them quite a bit. And the keyboard sounds of the 80s evoke a bygone era.
But the reserves dissolve when Peacock humanizes the whole thing. A perfect trumpet cameo from Kenny wheeler provides a crowning achievement for Part One. Then move on to Part 2 to sample the sound from most of the rest of the album.
More information about this recording on Jon’s Bristol Jazz Log
Read Jon’s introduction to the “52 tracks” series
Week 38. All the good stuff, Big Air
Spotify playlist for the series