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The Vixen

The Vixen

by Francine Prose

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Overview

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

ISBN-13: 9780063012141
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/29/2021
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 166,475
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Francine Prose is the author of twenty-one works of fiction including, the highly acclaimed Mister Monkey; the New York Times bestseller Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932; A Changed Man, which won the Dayton Literary Peace Prize; and Blue Angel, which was a finalist for the National Book Award. Her works of nonfiction include the highly praised Anne Frank: The Book, The Life, The Afterlife, and the New York Times bestseller Reading Like a Writer, which has become a classic. The recipient of numerous grants and honors, including a Guggenheim and a Fulbright, a Director’s Fellow at the Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library, Prose is a former president of PEN American Center, and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She is a Distinguished Writer in Residence at Bard College.

Hometown:

New York, New York

Date of Birth:

April 1, 1947

Place of Birth:

Brooklyn, New York

Education:

B.A., Radcliffe College, 1968

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