Jimmy Bruno Sleight of Hand
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- Released: July 26, 2004
- Originally Released: 2004
- Label: Concord Records
JazzTimes - 5/93, pp.70-71"...on most cuts Bruno's fingers move so fast, and his abilities are so facile, it would seem nearly impossible for just one person to be handling all of the guitar parts. All the while, Bruno maintains a crisp articulate clarity..."
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Jimmy Bruno Trio: Jimmy Bruno (guitar), Pete Colangelo (bass), Dr. Bruce Klauber (drums).
Personnel: Jimmy Bruno (guitar); Bruce Klauber (drums).
Audio Mixer: Dave Ivory.
Liner Note Authors: Tommy Tedesco ; Jim Ferguson .
Recording information: Iris Sound, Royersford, PA (04/1991-05/1991).
Photographer: Dave LaPorte.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Edgardo Cintron; Juan Alvarez; Pete Colangelo; Bruce Klauber.
Although Jimmy Bruno had been playing jazz much of his life, it wasn't until the guitarist was in his late 30s that he recorded his first session as leader, Sleight of Hand. This album is a fine example of a musician excelling by doing what he does best, which for Bruno, is hard bop and more hard bop. Since returning to his native Philadelphia from the West several years earlier, Bruno had been making bop his number one priority, and this CD (an inspired trio date employing Pete Colangelo on bass and Dr. Bruce Klauber on drums) demonstrates that he was enjoying that direction tremendously. Whether interpreting the standards "All The Things You Are" and "Stompin' At The Savoy" or tearing into exhilarating originals like "Egg Plant Pizza" and "Lionel's Hat," Bruno brings a definite urgency to the material. Another high point of the disc is Luiz Bonfa's "Manha De Caranval," which Bruno changes from a relaxed bossa nova to hard-driving Afro-Cuban jazz. After many years of paying the bills with non-jazz pursuits, the Philadelphian was doing exactly what he wanted -- and it showed. ~ Alex Henderson
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