Gradually Going Tornado

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Gradually Going Tornado
Studio album by Bruford
Released February 1980
Recorded October & November 1979 at Surrey Sound in Surrey, England
Genre Jazz fusion,[1] progressive rock[2]
Length 46:02
Label Polydor Records
Producer Bill Bruford,
Ron Malo
Bruford chronology
The Bruford Tapes
Gradually Going Tornado
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Gradually Going Tornado is the third and final studio album by Bruford. It was co-produced by Weather Report collaborator Ron Malo and released in 1980 (see 1980 in music). In contrast to the band's previous all-instrumental effort, several songs were sung by bassist Jeff Berlin. The closing Dave Stewart composition 'Land's End' includes music previously used on the opening and closing tracks of the National Health album Of Queues and Cures (1978). This album is considered among one of the best albums in the progressive rock/fusion genre.[1]

The name of this album was taken from the British-based Romanian artist Paul Neagu who did a performance under that name in 1974 in London.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Age Of Information" (Bruford/Stewart) – 4:41
  2. "Gothic 17" (Bruford/Stewart) – 5:07
  3. "Joe Frazier" (Berlin) – 4:41
  4. "Q.E.D." (Bruford/Stewart) – 7:46
  5. "The Sliding Floor" (Berlin/Bruford/Stewart) – 4:58
  6. "Palewell Park" (Bruford) – 3:57
  7. "Plans For J.D." (Bruford) – 3:50
  8. "Land's End" (Stewart) – 10:20

2005 bonus cut

9. "5G" [live] (Berlin, Bruford, Stewart) 7:21


Contrary to the belief of many, John Clark is not actually Allan Holdsworth. He was a guitar student of Holdsworth's whom Allan recommended as his replacement. He is now a long-term guitar player with Cliff Richards' band.



  • Ron Malo - co-producer, engineer
  • Pete Buhlman - engineer, tape operator
  • Martin Moss - engineer, second engineer
  • Paul Neagu - art direction, design


Album - Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1980 Pop Albums 191


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