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by Gary Brunotte

Straight ahead trio done in an easy listening style (a la Vince Guaraldi) with short, but tasty solos, plus a couple vocals and accordion.
Genre: Jazz: Traditional Jazz Combo
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Ditty For The Kitty
3:59 $0.99
2. Merry Old Land of 'Paws'
3:41 $0.99
3. Wood Lake
5:21 $0.99
4. Smile
4:54 $0.99
5. Seal-Point Strut
3:35 $0.99
6. Meow Samba
3:18 $0.99
7. In The Night
4:24 $0.99
8. Morning Mist
4:04 $0.99
9. Triste
2:54 $0.99
10. Blue-Point Blues
4:28 $0.99
11. Classicat
1:37 $0.99
12. Samba Siamese
3:49 $0.99
13. Ciao Meow
4:32 $0.99
14. Smile
5:52 $0.99
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Album Notes
This CD is easy listening jazz featuring piano, bass and drums. The songs are mostly originals with a mix of jazz waltz, latin and swing. There are also a couple lovely vocal selections on standard tunes and one even includes a Brazilian style accordion solo. Overall, it's happy music to make you SMILE!

Pianist Gary Brunotte performs his own brand of lyrical jazz, influenced by the tradition but in his own personal voice. Born and raised in a small town in Minnesota, he remembers, "My uncle played accordion, was self-taught and performed in the Navy band. In addition, my stepfather played country guitar and my other uncles all played instruments. I started taking accordion lessons when I was nine." He debuted as a professional musician at a New Year's Eve job when he was 11, switched to organ and performed with R & B and rock and roll bands as a teenager.
"I discovered jazz after listening to Brasil '66 and Blood, Sweat and Tears. I particularly enjoyed Howard Roberts' records of the period and Jimmy Smith." After graduating from college, Brunotte attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston, switched to piano, and taught at the prestigious school for three years. He moved to Manhattan in 1980. "I worked for a period at Rodney Dangerfield's comedy club. The jazz trio would open a set and there would be a different singer each week before the comedian came out. It was fun for a time." During this period, he won a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to write a suite for a big band and his orchestra performed once a week in a mid-town club. After living and working in the Hudson Valley area, Brunotte spent 1987-97 back in Minnesota. "I played a lot of gigs at local jazz clubs and restaurants. I also recorded my first CD, Yesterday's Dream for the Altenburgh label."

Yesterday's Dream, which features Gary Brunotte with altoist Eric Marienthal in a quintet setting, introduces nine of his melodic originals. The CD received excellent reviews in both JazzTimes and Billboard. In addition, it received airplay throughout the United States and Europe and remained on the Gavin Chart Bound list for 8 weeks straight. In 1997 he and his wife relocated to North Carolina where he has worked steadily ever since. "Since moving here, I have recorded the duo CD Conversations with bassist Rick Jones and the trio CD Smile with drummer Bill Berg and bassist Steve Haines plus I have done a lot of gigging, from little restaurants to backing major names at concerts including Mark Whitfield and Byron Stripling."

In recent times, Gary Brunotte recorded his fourth CD, Manic Moments which features Gary on organ and piano. Teamed on most selections with drummer Bill Berg and guitarist Scott Sawyer, Brunotte performs such invigorating originals as "Manic Moments," "Bridgemix," and "Slightly Blued" along with standards including "You and the Night and the Music," "Mas Que Nada," “Peacocks” and “That’s All.”

Gary Brunotte, who looks forward to recording and touring in the future, is an accessible and creative jazz pianist whose music is well worth exploring.

"Brunotte is a crisp, indeed, intelligent player whose charts sizzle and yet leave plenty of space for inspired soloing . . . tres musical."
JazzTimes Magazine, (July/August 1993)

"Any jazz person will appreciate Brunotte's crisp, tasteful, witty, lyrical elaborations upon his original themes."
JazzTimes Magazine, (June 2006)



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gary knowlton

everything i look for in piano jazz
my first experience with this cd was on the internet jazz website radioio jazz when i heard wood lake and i was hooked and immediately ordered the cd . sometimes when one does this its a one and done cd but right away i loved ditty for the kitty and the beautiful voice on triste and smile the arrangements are top shelf . this is one cd i will never get tired of soon .

Kent Kyle

Gary Brunotte will definitely make you "Smile".
This is the kind of sound that I seek out when I go to hear live music, so I am absolutely delighted with this addition to my collection.

Right away I noticed the tight work between bass and piano, playing as one, reading each other's thoughts, almost as if the bass were being played by Gary's left hand (or pedals on an organ). The drumming is pleasantly understated, subtle, decorative, yet definitely part of the scene. There are no pretensions on this album, just solid tasty music.

Thank you, Gary!