|Music For Piano And Drums|
|Produced by Bill Bruford and Patrick Moraz|
|Released on 1983|
|no chart information|
|Find it at GEMM|
|EGED 33 cover
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I nto the jazz woods we go (again), following after Messrs. Moraz and Bruford. The partly improvisational Music for Piano and Drums isn’t as dull as it sounds, which isn’t saying a whole lot. Think of the solo piano music of Chick Corea or Rick Wakeman with Bruford as a thoughtful throw-in. Fine if you want to hear them flex their jazz muscles, not fine if you thought that two ex-Yes members might be twice as prog-inclined as one. (They’re not.) So for those who felt the earlier fusion albums from Bruford were too far off the beaten path, turn back now. Moraz and the piano don’t get top billing for nothing; they account for a good 70% of the music. Bruford slaps and punches the kit like a jazz grammarian putting in the right punctuation. Sometimes, the drums lead the discussion (“Blue Brains,” “Symmetry”), but it’s Moraz who always ends up winning the argument. As Patrick Moraz albums go (usually, straight to the discount bin), Music for Piano and Drums is a better bet to please than Future Memories I and II, Co-Existence and, now that I think of it, probably everything except Story of I. Moraz albums are an anemic lot and Bruford provides a boost of much-needed vitality. If I were picking a Best of Moraz, I’d snatch “Children's Concerto” in a heartbeat and maybe “Eastern Sundays” too. The rest of the record is directionless energy, interesting insofar as you’re willing to indulge the pair their jazz fantasies.
BILL BRUFORD -- drums
PATRICK MORAZ -- piano
Barry Radman -- engineer, mixing
Geoff Halpin -- sleeve design
Jon Barraclough -- sleeve design, rear cover photograph
Cover painting "Blue Brains" by Ralph Augsburger
|REGION||RELEASE DATE||LABEL||MEDIA||ID NUMBER||FEATURES|
|UK/US||1983||Editions EG||LP||EGED 33|
|UK||September 27, 2004||Winterfold||CDX||BBWF001CD||w. bonus tracks and bonus disc
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