Bill Bruford Retires From Music



Legendary percussionist also announces forthcoming autobiography, career
overview CDs.


By Blurt Staff



Yes, King Crimson, and Earthworks drummer and bandleader
Bill Bruford has announced that he will no longer perform in public. After an
exemplary 41-yearcareer that has moved through progressive rock to
electronic jazz and on to acoustic jazz, Bruford will hang up his sticks and
concentrate on “related activities.”



“It’s been an exciting four decades, but now it’s someone
else’s turn,” said Bruford. “I’d like to thank my friends and colleagues and
the greater listening public for giving me a more-than-fair hearing. My ambition
was always to try to contribute to drumming and music in the broader sense – to
try to imagine a better way of doing things today, or the sort of things we
might expect drummers to be doing tomorrow. If I’ve managed to push things
forward an inch or two over the years, then that is a source of satisfaction.”



Bruford, who at 59 is still relatively young, particularly for a musician, will continue to talk and write on the subject of
his career and the percussion scene in general, and will continue to archive
and manage his voluminous back catalogue of recordings on Summerfold and
Winterfold Records.



To celebrate Bruford’s considerable achievements,
Summerfold and Winterfold Records are respectively releasing two collections of his
work. The Winterfold Collection focuses his earlier rock output with his group Bruford,
and The Summerfold
is an overview of his later
jazz side exemplified by his work with Earthworks and others.



To coincide with his departure from the live music scene,
Bruford has also written his autobiography, Bill Bruford: The Autobiography – Yes, King Crimson, Earthworks and More. It arrives in March from
Jawbone Press – keep your eyes peeled for a BLURT review.




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