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Bruford Levin Upper Extremities – Etude Revisited (90s – 41)

May 11, 2014

More jazz, but of a completely different hue.

By 1999 I was completely aware of the work of King Crimson, and the jazz sidelines by drummer Bill Bruford. I loved his Earthworks band, and especially his appearance on David Torn’s Cloud About Mercury album in the 80s, with stick player Tony Levin and trumpeter Mark Isham.

Upper Extremities was a partial reunion of that line-up, minus Isham but adding Chris Botti and with Bruford and Levin taking the lead. Bruford is in fine form here, with Torn adding brooding, droning guitar and Levin the intricate patter underneath even the drums. I was captivated.

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