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Yesterday's Dream

by Gary Brunotte

Full of energy and pulsating rhythms performed in a contemporary Brazilian Jazz style. Features Eric Marienthal on Sax.
Genre: Jazz: Latin Jazz
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1. a la Horace
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2. Sometime
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3. In Remembrance
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4. If I Only Had A Brain
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5. Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most
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6. Recollections
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7. Adeus Brasil
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8. Slightly Blued
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9. A Ditty For The Kitty
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10. Caterpillar Crossing
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11. Pensive
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GARY BRUNOTTE'S debut album "Yesterday's Dream" is full of energy and pulsating rhythms performed in a contemporary Brazilian jazz style. Plus, the song 'Pensive' transports you in a surrealistic dreamstate.

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A JAZZTIMES magazine review called it ". . . an eminently appealing date featuring saxman Eric Marienthal, bassists Jimmy (Flim) Johnson and Gordy Johnson, drummers Bill Berg and Gordy Knudtson, percussionists Brad Dutz and Marc Anderson and vocalist Lucia Newell. Brunotte is a crisp, indeed intelligent player whose charts sizzle and yet leave plenty of space for inspired soloring . . . . along with Brunotte's bracing originals are attractive reframings of 'If I Only Had A Brain' and 'Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most.' In all, a first-class effort -- tres musical!"

BILLBOARD magazine said the following: "Minneapolis-based pianist/composer Brunotte dishes up a solid contemporary jazz set (with traditional overtones) . . . . Highlights of an enjoyable outing include the strong swinging 'A la Horace'; the hard-hitting 'Recollections'; the cool, uptempo 'Slightly Blued'; and the funky 'Caterpillar Crossing."

The CD was on the national airwaves throughout the fall of 1993 and made the Gavin Chart Bound list for 8 weeks straight.

BIO
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.

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Billboard Magazine - September 25, 1993

Brunotte dishes up a solid contemporary jazz set (with traditional overtones).
Minneapolis-based pianist/composer Brunotte dishes up a solid contemporary jazz set (with traditional overtones), featuring guest players Bill Berg and Eric Marienthal. Highlights of an enjoyable outing include the strong, swinging “a la Horace,” the hard-hitting “Recollections,” the cool, uptempo “Slightly Blued,” and the funky “Caterpillar Crossing.” Also features a breezy, flute-borne version of Harold Arlen’s “If I Only Had A Brain.
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JAZZTIMES - July/August 1993

Brunotte should turn heads with Yesterday’s Dream featuring saxman Eric Marienth
Keyboardist Gary Brunotte should turn heads with Yesterday’s Dream (Altenburgh; 43:30), an eminently appealing date featuring saxman Eric Marienthal, bassists Jimmy Johnson and Gordy Johnson, drummers Bill Berg and Gordy Knudtson, percussionists Brad Dutz and Marc Anderson, and vocalist Lucia Newell. Brunotte is a crisp, indeed, intelligent player whose charts sizzle and yet leave plenty of space for inspired soloing. And, egads, this may be Marienthal’s finest outing – tres musical! Along with Brunotte’s bracing originals are attractive reframings of “If I Only Had a Brain” and “Spring Can Really Hang You Up he Most.” In all, a first-class effort, especially the tracks anchored by West Coast heavies Jimmy Johnson, Bill Berg and Brad Dutz.
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