Personnel: Bill Bruford (spoken vocals, drums); Jeff Berlin (vocals, electric bass); Sam Alder, Anthea Norman-Taylor (spoken vocals); Allan Holdsworth (guitar); Dave Stewart (keyboards).
Recorded at Trident Studios, London, England in January & February 1979.
Those expecting a simple solo drummer showcase from the man who led both Yes and King Crimson into the deepest of topographic oceans should, upon listening to Bruford's independent exploits, be pleasantly surprised. ONE OF A KIND, album number two for the Bruford band, sows Bruford's wild jazz roots for once and all, peppered judiciously with numerous elements of his freewheeling prog rock past.
To accompany his nimble rhythmic travails, he assembled a crackerjack squad of supporting players. Together this quartet recorded the symphonic prog of "The Sahara of Snow," the electronic shabazz of "Hell's Bells," and the undeniably gorgeous fusion-bop of "The Abingdon Chasp." Rarely has an album title been so accurate.