Cliff Brucker | Full Circle

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Full Circle

by Cliff Brucker

Classic swinging post-bop jazz, standards, Latin and ballads played by world class musicians featuring Leo Russo.
Genre: Jazz: Traditional Jazz Combo
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Stablemates
7:10 album only
2. Ladybird
6:53 album only
3. Along Came Betty
7:12 album only
4. Fried Bananas
6:45 album only
5. Estate'
6:26 album only
6. Voyage
6:29 album only
7. A Time for Love (feat. Leo Russo)
5:17 album only
8. I'll Remember April
7:06 album only
9. Minority
4:10 album only
10. Time Alone W' You (For Denise)
6:41 album only
11. Nica's Dream
8:35 album only
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
This project brings together world class musicians I have worked with over the past 35 years.
The music on this CD is interpretations of some of the classic jazz standards that musicians have been playing for decades plus one original composition I wrote for my beautiful wife Denise called "Time Alone with You." I hope everyone will enjoy this very accessible and swinging recording!

The album of course features and celebrates the great sax player Leo Russo. At 79 years old he is still one of the greatest musicians to ever come out of the capital district. I have worked with Leo for over 20 years and consider him not only a great friend but a musical mentor. I have learned so much from Leo just being on the bandstand and hearing him play night after night. He has a sound and a sense of musicality that he alone possesses! No one plays like him. As soon as he starts to play you know it's Leo!!

My dear friend and fellow Crane School of Music alum, pianist Larry Ham.
Larry has been all over the world playing with a whole roster of musical giants including Illinois Jacket, Lionel Hampton, Dakota Staton and Rene Fleming. A beautiful player with an inventive palette of harmonic colors and swinging inventive melodic lines. Larry is the epitome of a great player, always seeming to play just the right thing whether it is comping, accompanying or soloing. A beautiful touch and sense of musicality, Larry is a special player.

Dylan Canterbury is the future of jazz. At 28, Dylan plays like a jazz master of the highest order. He can play along side anyone with his deep understanding of jazz history, harmony and melodic improvisation. He has the range of a lead player and the sound of any of the trumpet legends that he funnels through his fertile brain! He is also an accomplished composer and arranger writing for such famous ensembles as the Lincoln Jazz Orchestra and the John Faddis Big Band.

Mike Novakowski is a special guitarist that is in high demand in the regional jazz community. Mike performs with the Empire Jazz Orchestra as well as the Teresa Broadwell Band and anyone else lucky enough to book him. Mike plays tasty lines and swings in the tradition of Wes Montgomery and Kenny Burrell. Mike and I play together in a Jazz Organ Trio called WeeB3. It is always a pleasure to have his tasty guitar comping and soloing in any musical setting.

Otto Gardner has been the first call bass player in the capital region for decades. Otto is a master jazz bassist. His sense of pulse and time is outstanding. As rhythm section players Otto and I fit together like hand in glove. I don't have to worry or even think about time and groove, it's just there! Otto has played with everyone from a wide variety of jazz legends to local artists including the Empire Jazz Orchestra who are "Artists in Residence" at Schenectady County Community College.

As for me, this CD represents my 1st release under my own name and a return to my first love, the drum set! I hope you enjoy the music. It was performed with joy and love and I think that comes through as you listen to it. Thanks, Cliff Brucker



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