Tuesday, November 15, 2005

The unknown guitarist...


A bright but cold day

Hurrah - The Bruford Tapes arrive. I'm sure I used to have an LP of this 1979 recording of Bill Bruford's Jazz Fusion band playing live in NY...

The incomparable Allan Holdsworth, who'd played on the previous two studio albums by the band, had departed for a solo career....

His place was taken by "The Unknown John Clark"....

To my knowledge, other than the next Bruford album, "Gradually Going Tornado", I don't think TUJC ever played on another record - if you know of his attendance on another session do let me know - because he shreds the guitar and is almost (almost) as good as the mighty AH himself...

Astonishing...

The evening is taken up copying various CDs to the hard drive..

I think I now have around 50-60 albums there waiting to be burned and filed away - and dumped in a skip when I'm gone...

2 comments:

paul said...

John Clark went on to play for Cliff Richard.....that's like John McLaughlin joining the Perry Como band.

John Nelson said...

True, but a man's got to eat and prestige doesn't fill one's stomach. I thought TUJC was a fine replacement and an superb guitarist in his own right. Would love to see a Prog Rock mash-up of him, Dave Stewart, Jeff Berlin, and either Chad Wackerman, Terry Bozzio, or Bill Bruford (in the last case, reprising Bruford, of course).