Am I to believe that Bill Bruford has not been brought up on this favorite drummers thread? HERESY I SAY!!! Or perhaps that's just heresay...Anyway...
Bruford continues to inspire me as a musician, drummer and thinker. His work in King Crimson hooked me as did his solo ventures. His work with Earthworks continues to chart his endless growth as composer and player and his conviction to quality music is paramount in all he takes on.
For you Bruford fans who haven't heard them, The Bruford/Levin Upper Extremities is highly recommended, as is Bruford's work with percussionist extraordinaire Pete Lockett.
Just wish ol' Bill would find the means to tour the States again some time soon.