Bill Bruford

Inspired by the great jazz drummers of the 1960s, Bill Bruford's brilliant stick work played a huge part in shaping the complex prog rock of 1970s bands Yes and King Crimson. He went on to work with Roy Harper and Genesis, before creating his own band Bruford (essentially a solo project with contributions from musicians such as Dave Stewart, Annette Peacock and Allan Holdsworth) and releasing debut album Feels Good To Me (1977). Always keen to push musical boundaries and experiment with time patterns and chord progressions, he played with jazz and fusion sounds on the instrumental One Of A Kind (1979) and produced one of progressive rock's great lost classics in the acclaimed third album Gradually Going Tornado (1980). He formed rockers UK with bassist John Wetton and rejoined King Crimson in 1981, before releasing albums with former Yes members Anderson, Wakeman, Howe and leading the electronic jazz act Earthworks. Despite officially retiring in 2009, Bruford remains a superstar of the prog rock scene and one of the UK's most influential drummers.

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