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About Time by Gian Wiegner & Gary Brunotte

Guitarist Gian Wiegner and organist Gary Brunotte met at Berklee, played gigs in Boston, and then went their own ways, still friends, but separated by geography. Recently, they recorded together in a home-and-away reunion. The first session was in Boston with Brunotte on Korg Cx3; the second in Durham, NC, used the Hammond B3. These were quartet gigs with a top-of-the-line bassist and drummer at each location. When you meet up with an old friend for the first time in years you pick up right where you left off and the conversation flows easily. That's true of musical conversations as well. The resulting CD, About Time, combines fine musicianship with an upbeat attitude.

Wiegner and Brunotte have written accessible and interesting compositions which make up most of the tracks. Their solos are creative, their comping sensitive, and you can feel the quartet's rapport. The title would appear to have both a personal and musical meaning as the program includes jazz waltz, funk, samba, and swing aplenty. Brunotte plays with time on his "Monkian Mood" and "No One But You." Keith Jarrett's "Memories of Tomorrow," originally an improvisation from the Koln concert, is given a Latin flavor. For sheer virtuosity, listen to Wiegner's " Don't Rush Me" and "PM Blues". The latter is more wake-up call than sleepy time! And then there's Brunotte's light and lyrical "He Made Away With Love," a beautiful tune. The standards include a relaxed "Do You Know What it Means to Miss New Orleans." The folks down there deserve all the joy they can get.

Many years ago I wandered into a Boston record shop and heard some wonderful jazz organ. I was surprised to find out it was "Basie Jam" (Pablo) with the Count at the keys. I've been hooked on jazz organ group recordings ever since. I really like About Time.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Gian Wiegner & Gary Brunotte
  • CD Title: About Time
  • Genre: Straight-Ahead / Classic
  • Year Released: 2008
  • Record Label: Sincopato Records
  • Rating: Five Stars
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