On MOONLIGHT, Gary Brumburgh’s distinctive style takes center stage in an eclectic project of modern jazz tunes, songs from the Great American Songbook, and re-invented pop numbers from the 60’s and 70’s.
For vocalist Gary Brumburgh, the lyrics of a song are like dialog from a play, and when he sings, he approaches the material much like an actor prepares for a role. The lyrics, along with the music, suggest to him a scene and a persona with distinct emotions and motivations. That technique allows him to pour himself into a song, creating a highly personalized rendition of the lyrics.
MOONLIGHT features some of the top Los Angeles jazz players, including several tunes performed by piano icon Terry Trotter. His son, Jamieson Trotter, a rising star in the jazz firmament, arranged the CD and plays piano on the other tunes.
"Gary Brumburgh is a trained actor and it shows in his authentic interpretation of these songs. I’d like to suggest that all jazz singers should study some acting ...Definitely a CD worth hearing. "
- Bebop Spoken Here
“A master interpreter able to adapt his phrasing to the emotional needs and tempo of the song. Moonlight works on many levels… an exquisite independent jazz gem.”
- Jonathan Widran, JW Vibe
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GARY BRUMBURGH vocals TERRY TROTTER piano (4,5,11) JAMIESON TROTTER piano
BOB SHEPPARD sax & flute PAT KELLEY guitar (1,4,5,6) LARRY KOONSE guitar (2,9)
GABE DAVIS bass CHRISTIAN EUMAN drums (1,3,4,5,7,11) CONOR MALLOY drums (2,6,8,9,10)
Arranged by Jamieson Trotter
Additional arrangements by Dave Ferris & Gary Brumburgh
Produced by Barbara Brighton
"Gary Brumburgh is clearly enjoying himself, and his vocal work has a fun, excited feel, with even a bit of scat."
- Michael Doherty's Music Log
“A dandy performance piece loaded with jazz underpinnings, this is a marvelous, sophisticated piece of adult listening that works well throughout.”
- Chris Spector, Midwest Record