Nathaniel Brunson

Nathaniel Brunson

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Nathaniel Brunson Review

by Rick Anderson

Information about Nathaniel Brunson is kind of hard to come by -- his label's website offers no information at all about his background or even what instruments he plays, nor does the album itself. Since no other musicians are credited, it seems reasonable to assume that Brunson played all the instruments himself, in which case this album is a fairly impressive technical accomplishment. It's smooth jazz of a pretty generic sort, dominated by saxophone and keyboards, and while the saxophone is generally just slightly out of tune it won't be very noticeable to those who are used to listening to Kenny G.. (Budget-minded consumers will note that although the album's musical quality is acceptable, its quantity is something of a problem -- Sonic Wave International sells it for $14, but it's only about 25-minutes long.) The final track is the only vocal number, and the only really noteworthy one, as well: titled "See What Love Can Do," it's a nicely swinging piece of jazzy hip-hop; the singer and rapper are, again, not credited, leading one to suspect that both may be Brunson himself again. If so, good for him -- let's have a full album of this stuff next time. And let's have more than a half-hour of it.

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