Tuesday, July 7th, 2015 7:24 PM
The International Review of Music - Don Heckman
"I knew Jason Lee as a drummer/percussionist with an irresistible groove, and Kevin as a vocal artist with a gift for telling a captivating musical story."
"Jason and Kevin are too musically sophisticated, however, to be locked into any single stylistic setting."
"... like stellar predecessors Louie Bellson and Mel Torme, are skilled musician/arrangers."
"...the music speaks for itself"
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Sunday, September 14th, 2014 11:23 AM
Audiophile Review Magazine
"...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."
Wednesday, March 5th, 2014 5:20 PM
JAZZ DA GAMA review by Raul da Gama
...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. ...
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Wednesday, January 15th, 2014 4:11 PM
KRTU San Antonio TX by Carl Stewart
"I had just listened to the first couple of cuts and knew it was a good album. Now I have finished listening to it and must correct myself.......this is a GREAT album! FIVE STARS!!! You all totally rock! Congrats on quite an accomplishment!"
Thursday, January 9th, 2014 8:52 PM
O's Place Jazz Magazine by D. Oscar Groomes
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.
Thursday, January 9th, 2014 7:37 PM
Amazon.com by Grady Harp (Hall of Fame Top 50 Reviewervine Voice)
...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.
Thursday, January 9th, 2014 7:15 PM
Midwest Records review
A hard swinging drummer, Bruns has been leading his crew from one success to another for the last several years of setting the night on fire in California. With an affinity for Latin/Arfo-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.
Thursday, January 9th, 2014 7:13 PM
Bebop Spoken Here review by Lance
...This, I'm pleased to say is one of the more delightful ones. Recorded live at the Catalina Jazz Club on Hollywood's Sunset Strip this is quite a compelling, without being an over intense, performance. In other words, what used to be the jazz club norm... ...There is so much going on it is impossible to detail everything save to say that while the Latin influence is very evident there is still a lot of North American jazz in there. It's a melange 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 because I don't suppose they'll ever hit the UK although the way they're flying here who knows?
Thursday, January 9th, 2014 7:10 PM
Music Man review by Robert Nicosia
...Jason Lee Bruns, a Drummer's Drummer who gets to call his own shots and comes up with tempos, sounds and arrangements that appeal to him. But Jason Lee Bruns is not just on a musical ego trip here. For his CD 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. The new writing and arranging on this CD are wonderful. Jason wrote 5 arrangements for the 9 songs on the CD. He also composed two of the songs. This CD cooks and any Jazz buff will love every song.
Thursday, January 9th, 2014 7:03 PM
FAME Review by M.S. Tucker
...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.... and attracts sidemen from Big Bad Voodoo Daddys, The Violent Femmes, the Steve Miller Band, and others. Not exactly a puritanical mindset, hmm? ... this is one of those gigs where you can tell that seeing it live was twice as good as the excellent documentation. There's an élan and joie de vivre that's irrepressible, as well as that good ol' right-there right-then sense of creativity... Bruns is one helluva drummer, captains a tight energetic band... and is due for much bigger things.
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Thursday, January 9th, 2014 6:57 PM
Improvijazzation Nation review by Rotcod Zzaj
"It’s been awhile since I reviewed a live show… Jason’s super drumming style, as well as the high energy he’s assembled on these 9 songs from the show will stay high on your playlists – particularly if you’re in a “road trip” frame of mind. The opener alone, “Cissy Strut“, is worth the price of the entire CD. The mood mellows a bit on the piano solo into on “Autumn Leaves“, but the energy revs right back up again when Kevin Bachelder’s vocal kicks in! There’s a lot to like on this one, but my personal favorite was the magnificent percussion (oh, those bells) on “Impressions“… this one JUMPS, volkz! I give Jason & his players a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED on this one, with an “EQ” rating of 4.98."
Thursday, January 9th, 2014 6:55 PM
LMNOP Magazine review by Don S.
In reference to "Live at Catalina Jazz Club" CD -
"...Cool classy stuff played with integrity and style."
Thursday, January 9th, 2014 6:51 PM
KAMP (Tucson, AZ) radio review by Daniel Witter,
"I know I know normally when you see the word collective afixed to a band name you immediately get a bad taste in your mouth, but this time it actually tastes pretty good. There is some good variety here with both the vocal, percussion, and horn elements. Play and enjoy and repeat. Sounds like Dave Mathews Band vocals with real jazz percussion and horns. Recommended tracks: Track 2.) Autumn Leaves (A song about summer romances fading into fall, we've all been here don't lie, good use of levels to bring the listener up and down); Track 7.) Send In The Clowns (Sounds a lot like a Dave Mathews Band song, but it's also got some sweet drumming mixed in there with some semi emotional moments both in the lyrics and instruments). "
Thursday, February 7th, 2013 5:22 PM
Examiner.com Q & A
"Jason Lee Bruns is more than an expert percussionist and teacher living in L.A. He is a world traveler who has sought after authentic musical experiences straight from the source, Cuba’s forbidden heartland, Brazil’s slum- and crime-ravaged favelas, Trinidad and Tobago's humble but rich culture." » read article
Thursday, February 7th, 2013 5:21 PM
"The Music of my Surrogate Country", Soul Brazil Magazine
"Little did I know I would embark on a lifelong journey sparked by the love of Brazilian music and culture. This love would cultivate my entire musical career." » read article
Thursday, February 7th, 2013 5:19 PM
"The musician [Jason Lee Bruns] has a wish: that Americans knew much more than the bossa nova and samba. "Maracatu, forró, frevo, axe, samba reggae, samba funk. I want to show this to the Americans. "" » read article
Thursday, February 7th, 2013 5:18 PM
L.A. Jazz Scene live show review by Myrna Daniels
"By now, it will be apparent to anyone listening that Bruns is a very aggressive drummer. He aims to guide and influence the group with no mercy shown. Follow me, he's expressing, keep up or die!"" » read review