One of a Kind

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All Music Guide - Dave Connolly
Bill Bruford ended his brief affair with U.K. and condensed his original outfit to a quartet, releasing a second album of sinewy, celebratory jazz
ock fusion, One of a Kind. Good-humored twists and turns abound in the music, punctuated by Bruford's steadying if slightly subversive rhythms, Allan Holdsworth's flashes of fire, Jeff Berlin's insistent bass, and Dave Stewart's remarkably colorful keyboards. At the heart of many of these songs is an uplifting melody, a trait shared with fusion artists like Weather Report and Jean-Luc Ponty, though Bruford's outfit favors a faster pace than the former and pursues more musical avenues in a ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Dave Connolly
Bill Bruford ended his brief affair with U.K. and condensed his original outfit to a quartet, releasing a second album of sinewy, celebratory jazz
ock fusion, One of a Kind. Good-humored twists and turns abound in the music, punctuated by Bruford's steadying if slightly subversive rhythms, Allan Holdsworth's flashes of fire, Jeff Berlin's insistent bass, and Dave Stewart's remarkably colorful keyboards. At the heart of many of these songs is an uplifting melody, a trait shared with fusion artists like Weather Report and Jean-Luc Ponty, though Bruford's outfit favors a faster pace than the former and pursues more musical avenues in a single song than the latter. When he takes to tuned percussion, Bruford can even sound like Frank Zappa both bands have a funky side to them. Standout cuts this time include "Hell's Bells," "Fainting in Coils" which, in an indirect link to his previous employers, would have felt at home on Robert Fripp's Exposure, "Five G," and "The Sahara of Snow." The remaining tracks are a little less muscular, and the band's strength would seem to lie in fusion propelled by the complex rhythmic patterns of Bruford and Berlin i.e., when the band leans closer to the rock side of the fusion family. Those who enjoy their fusion with a healthy dose of rock will find One of a Kind a fair match for anything from Return to Forever or Brand X. Note that many of these songs also appear in live versions on the beat-the-boots release The Bruford Tapes.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/31/1990
  • Label: E.G. Records
  • UPC: 017046152525
  • Catalog Number: 40
  • Sales rank: 28,919

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Hell's Bells - Bill Bruford (3:33)
  2. 2 One of a Kind, Pt. 1 - Bill Bruford (2:20)
  3. 3 One of a Kind, Pt. 2 - Bill Bruford (4:04)
  4. 4 Travels With Myself -- And Someone Else - Bill Bruford (6:13)
  5. 5 Fainting in Coils - Bill Bruford (6:33)
  6. 6 Five G - Bill Bruford (4:46)
  7. 7 The Abingdon Chasp - Bill Bruford (4:54)
  8. 8 Forever Until Sunday - Bill Bruford (5:51)
  9. 9 The Sahara of Snow, Pt. 1 - Bill Bruford (5:18)
  10. 10 The Sahara of Snow, Pt. 2 - Bill Bruford (3:24)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bruford Primary Artist
Bill Bruford Percussion, Drums, Indexed Contributor
Allan Holdsworth Guitar
Jeff Berlin Bass, Vocals
Dave Stewart Keyboards
Technical Credits
Bill Bruford Producer
Stephen W. Tayler Engineer
Alwyn Clayden Art Direction
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