Bill Bruford is an English ProgressiveRock and {{Jazz}} drummer, who started his career with {{Yes}} in 1968 and went on to become one of the defining drummers of the ProgressiveRock movement. After leaving Yes following their MagnumOpus ''Close to the Edge'', he joined Music/KingCrimson, and following that moved between different bands like a fish through water.

He is renowned for excellent drumming skill without playing insanely rapid solos (in fact, he almost never takes solos on studio recordings, preferring to keep the beat in unusual or technical ways) or resorting to AllDrummersAreAnimals behavior, maintaining a relatively modest style. In particular, he makes extensive use of UncommonTime.

In the 80s, he was an enthusiastic user of electronic drums loaded with strange sound effects, and he was important in popularizing them.

As stated above, Bill Bruford has been in a ''lot'' of different bands:

* Starting his career with {{Yes}} from 1968 to 1972...
* Joining the second incarnation of Music/KingCrimson from 1972 to its dissolution in 1974...
* Playing live with {{Music/Genesis}} in the transitional period after Main/PeterGabriel's departure...
* Starting up a solo career in 1977, which later became a full band called "Bruford"...
* At the same time, joining a short-lived supergroup called "UK" in 1977 and leaving the following year...
* After the collapse of Bruford, joining a reformed Main/KingCrimson for 3 years...
* Founding a jazz group, Earthworks...
* Joining and leaving King Crimson again...
* Joining and leaving Yes again...

Plus studio work for oodles of other famous artists and brief stints in other supergroups. While it would appear that this man does not take a break, he in fact retired in 2009.
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!Tropes:
* AllDrummersAreAnimals: Averted completely. Bruford is very erudite, and subdued in his motions. Soon after his retirement from the music business, he began studying for a Ph.D.
* DoingItForTheArt: Is known to leave bands or projects at the height of their success if he feels creatively stifled or exhausted, that the group has reached a peak, or that something new comes along more interesting to him.
* EverythingIsAnInstrument: In his autobiography, Bruford describes his drum kit during his first tenure with KingCrimson as sprouting "tendrils" of unusual percussion instruments. On their song "One More Red Nightmare", he even used an old, beaten-up cymbal he had found in the trash at the studio for a unique percussive effect.
* GenreRoulette: Despite mostly only playing in the rock and jazz world, Bruford has played with many different bands that have many different styles--and he himself has combined tons of drumming techniques into his own style.
* {{Improv}}: As a jazz musician, makes frequent use of this--even in backing rhythm parts.
* RevolvingDoorBand: A remarkable inversion--as remarked above, he was in and out of King Crimson ''3 times''. Partially because most of the bands he's been in were examples of this trope.
* RockTrio: Bruford usually plays in larger ensembles, but the first incarnation of King Crimson he was in eventually shrunk to one of these.
* {{Supergroup}}: He was involved with U.K., which also contained John Wetton (a former King Crimson player), Eddie Jobson (who worked with RoxyMusic and FrankZappa), and Allan Holdsworth (from Soft Machine).
* UncommonTime: A lot.

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