Live at Catalina


1. Cissy Strut (The Meters / arr. J Bruns)

2. Autumn Leaves (J. Mercer / arr. J. Bruns)

3. Speak Low (Kurt Weill / arr. K. Richmond)

4. It Could Happen to You (Van Heusen/Burke)

5. So Danco Samba (Jobim/Moraes arr. A. Metz)

6. Impressions (J. Coltrane / arr. J. Bruns)

7. Send in the Clowns (S. Sondheim / arr. K. Bachelder)

8. Waltz for Desmond (Jason Lee Bruns, BMI)

9. Bemsha Gandinga (T. Monk/D/ Best/ F. Amilio / arr. J. Bruns)

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About Album

Bruns Collective with Kevin Baché recorded this album live at Southern California’s prestigious Catalina Jazz Club on the Sunset Strip in Hollywood, CA. Comprised of an all-star cast of whom have played with Stan Kenton Orchestra, the late Natalie Cole, and six-time Grammy winner Arturo Sandoval. Three of the group’s members were on the jazz faculty at the USC Thornton School of Music at the time of the recording and one member had a Grammy-nominated album under their own name.


Kevin Baché – vocals

Jason Gamer – trumpet, flügelhorn

Kim Richmond – soprano sax, alto sax

Jacques Voyemant – trombone

Angelo Metz – guitar, Portuguese vocals

Mahesh Balasooriya – piano

Edwin Livingston – upright bass, electric bass

Jason Lee Bruns – drum set, pandeiro


Recorded by Ivan Zawinul on Sunday, April 29th 2012 at Catalina Jazz Club in Hollywood, California. Mixed & Mastered by Rich Breene. Copyright 2012. Panout Music Group.


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Artist: Bruns Collective

Labels: Golden Handcuff Records, Panout Music Group

Release Date: April 29, 2012

Available Lyrics

Send in the Clowns (S. Sondheim / arr. K. Bachelder)

Isn't it rich?
Are we a pair?
Me here at last on the ground,
You in mid-air.
Send in the clowns.
Isn't it bliss?
Don't you approve?
One who keeps tearing around,
One who can't move.
Where are the clowns?
Send in the clowns.
Just when I'd stopped
Opening doors,
Finally knowing
The one that I wanted was yours,
Making my entrance again
With my usual flair,
Sure of my lines,
No one is there.
Don't you love farce?
My fault, I fear.
I thought that you'd want what I want -
Sorry, my dear.
And where…

Album Reviews

 ...Bruns is not only a talented drummer, but also a skilled composer and arranger and he deftly demonstrates this on this live album. His adaptations of selections by Coltrane, Thelonious Monk, Antonio Carlos Jobim as well as others invite the listener to return again and again. 

Paul Wilson, Audiophile Review Magazine

 ...a rhythmic colourist who works beyond his drums set; ...His polyrhythmic inventions come from a head full of sounds. His capacity to be creative is truly impressive and Mr. Bruns is melodic to boot. This comes from the maturity of not simply having being born of Elvin Jones, but also Max Roach and Roy Haynes; and of course a propensity to invent and create magical structures and cycles. 

Raul da Gama, Jazz da Gama

 These are thoroughgoing professionals, who not only understand jazz and the Latin mode but also are such gifted musicians that each one is a soloist on his own right. 

Grady Harp, (5 stars), Hall of Fame, Top 50 Reviewer, Vine Voice

 It's a mélange to die for. The vocalists singing and scatting in English and Portuguese, solos from the horns, great drumming from Bruns and the ensemble in full swing. No wonder it was a packed house. Thank god for this CD. 

Lance Liddle, Bebop Spoken Here (UK)

 With an affinity for Latin/Afro-Caribe sounds leading the way, whether rocking or jazzing or mixing up both, Bruns delivers a party groove that is so on the natch that he makes covers his own with an undetectable ease. This set is a gasser and it's loaded with the vibe of making you wish you were there at this live recording. Hot stuff throughout. 

Chris Spector, Midwest Record

 Recorded live at the Catalina Jazz Club, this album showcases the solid talents of the players. 

Don Seven, LMNOP Magazine

 This CD cooks and any Jazz buff will love every song. For his CD [Jason Lee Bruns] he gathered 7 outstanding players to support him in this effort. The results are spectacular, providing the listener with fresh, new sounds and rhythms that bring new life into some evergreens that might need some refreshing. 

Robert Nicosia, Music Man Review

 Bruns is a highly adept drummer and percussionist who can easily sound like two or three players at once. Ultra-precise and amazingly peripatetic, standing clearly out amid an octet that's equally on the mark, the guy embraces the small big band format with vigor, nuance, and aplomb. 

Mark S. Tucker, FAME Review

 Drummer Jason Lee Bruns leads a fine Jazz Collective. The program is composed of great contemporary jazz, and Latin selections and come alive in this vibrant set recorded at the Catalina Jazz Club in Hollywood. Bruns gives it punch, makes it inviting and easy to embrace. 

D. Oscar Groomes, O's Place Jazz Magazine

 Jason's super drumming style, as well as the high energy he's assembled on these 9 songs from the sow will stay high on your playlists - particularly if you're in a "road trip" frame of mind. 

Rotcod Zzaj, Improvijazzation Nation

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