Friday, August 21, 2020

BILL BRUFORD AND ALLAN HOLDSWORTH

One of a Kind — Bill Bruford (Polydor):
See the source image The former Yes, King Crimson and Genesis drummer deftly leads a band of superb musicians through a session that combines the best of progressive rock (compositional organization with a rich sense of harmony and counterpoint) and the best of fusion rock (inventive soloing meshing hard-rock dynamics with fleet-fingered technique). Guitarist Allan Holdsworth performs  in fluid, fluent state of grace, and bassist Jeff Berlin works rhythmic miracles with Bruford as the do provide an engrossing set of propelling polyrhythms and twisting time signatures that gives the guitarist the means to expand his boundry -pushing excusions. Especially arresting is the compostional tone, complex, mature, with a wonderful sense of dynamics and development, showing both the influence of the impossibilities of Zappa in the limb-twisting changes Bruford's crew negoiates,and  and the etheral atmospherics of  a Brian Eno in the quieter stretches. The best moments, remain with Holdsworth, who extreme legato rivals that of any post-bop saxophonist in or out of this life, Coltrane, Shorter, Rollins, Michael Brecker, Josh Redman, you name it, and his technique, smoothly deployed as he tests the out rings of a chord progression and seems to begin solos in the center of an idea and then exploring the logical note sequences in both directions simultaneously, is stunning in the ways his spotlight moments build tension and then releases it. 

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