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"Footloose And Fancy Free" (CD)
"Footloose In NYC" (DVD)

Bill Bruford's Earthworks


The music of Bill Bruford's Earthworks is simultaneously accessible to the casual listener, artistically challenging to the musician and wholly satisfying to the jazz purist. 

The release of this double live CD, 'Footloose And Fancy Free' is timed to coincide with a live DVD, 'Footloose in NYC' and both will serve to further evidence the fact that Earthworks are one of the most exciting live bands around. 

Bruford, of course,  is one of the world's most celebrated rock and jazz drummers and, over the years has showcased some great jazz players. Previous collaborations have included Allan Holdsworth, Jeff Berlin and Django Bates. 

The current Earthworks features the talents of outstanding upright bassist Mark Hodgson, (featured in Global Bass in August2001). Alongside Bill and Mark on the CD are pianist Steve Hamilton and sax player Patrick Clahar.  

While the more recently recorded DVD features the talents of Tim Garland, following Clahar's departure. Most of the Set is chosen from the two most recent albums, 'A Part And Yet Apart' and 'The Sound Of Surprise', both of which are also available on the Discipline label. 

While adventurously playing games with time signatures and melodic interpolation the band display a seemingly effortless fluidity that brings  gasps of delight to the attentive crowd.  

Pieces like 'Dewey-Eyed, Then Dancing' or 'Revel Without A Pause' are an enchantment.

The set also takes a brief tour around Bruford's project with Tony Levin, B.L.U.E, the album he cut with Ralph Towner and even the very first Earthworks CD.

'Footloose And Fancy Free' serves as an excellent introduction to Earthworks for the newcomer, but will surely be an essential addition to the collection of established fans also.


Andy Long



Andy Long is our correspondent in the U.K. and the author of numerous articles in Global Bass for a number of issues. Andy will be continuing over 2002 with a series of interesting and provocative interviews with some of the UK's best and brightest bass players. 

Check out his official website at Third Bass







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