CD Review: Bunny Brunel "Invent Your Future"

Bunny Brunel uses his latest solo disc to pay tribute to some of his favorite musicians, including former employer Chick Corea, who has three compositions represented in this compilation.
By Phil Stoneman ,

Bunny Brunel uses his latest solo disc to pay tribute to some of his favorite musicians, including former employer Chick Corea, who has three compositions represented in this compilation. The title track is in honor of “all the great Weather Report musicians,” and Brunel’s spacious fretless drones and harmonics, placed over a pulsing rhythmic bed, capture the vibe of that legendary ensemble. Dedicated to Herbie Hancock, the serpentine groove of “Herbert” recalls the telepathic interaction of the keyboardist’s Thrust period, and guest pianist and co-composer Patrice Rushen delivers a knockout performance. In honor of the great Jaco Pastorius, Brunel presents the classic track “Continuum,” intentionally nodding to the composer during the melody, but asserting his own style and ideas during his improv. The disc also features a cross-section of several of world’s top drummers, including Tom Bretchlein, Chad Wackerman, Virgil Donati, Clayton Cameron, and Jimmy Branly. This stellar support group gives Brunel everything he needs to shine with his signature tone, phrasing, and crisp articulation.