Bill Bruford: One of a Kind - Part One


One of a Kind - Part One


Bill Bruford (drums)


One of a Kind (EG Records EGCD40)

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Bill Bruford (drums),

Dave Stewart (keyboards), Allan Holdsworth (guitar), Jeff Berlin (bass)


Composed by Dave Stewart & Bill Bruford


Recorded: London, England, January-February 1979


Rating: 88/100 (learn more)

"One of a Kind - Part One" serves as prelude to "One of a Kind - Part Two." It's a countdown in a way, full of rhythms of which some are provided melodically by Bruford on vibes. (I am guessing it is he and not keyboardist Stewart.) As countdowns go, this is successful. The jazzy and slightly Spanish opening section gives way to a mid-'70s Zappa-like section. (Think Ruth Underwood.) Then Holdsworth starts ripping away. The pleasing theme, now slightly Far Eastern and ascending, perfectly leads into the funk transition that becomes "Part Two." The ship jettisons its fuel tanks as it achieves orbit. To experience earth from orbit, see my review of "One of a Kind - Part Two."

Reviewer: Walter Kolosky

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