As was true for Classical Connections, Vol. I, Dale Bruning assembled flutist Ali Ryerson, Jeff Jenkins, Mark Simon, and Paul Romaine for live concerts at Dazzle Jazz in Denver, Colorado in November, 2006. From those performances, 7 songs were selected for this CD and 6 for Vol. I.
This was a Timeless Music of Classical Connections Concert that we did in 2006 with some standard songs written on the basis of classical music. Such as, I’m Always Chasing Rainbows by Harry Carroll and Joseph McCarthy was written in 1918 and adapted from Chopin’s Fantaisie Impromptu in C sharp minor. Cole Porter’s You’d Be So Nice to Come Home To was based on Pablo Sarasate’s Gypy Airs. Sarasate was a Spanish violinist and composer who preceded Porter’s birth by 47 years – Porter having been born in 1891 in Peru, Indiana and Sarasate in 1844 in Pamplona, Spain.
REVIEW: by GEORGE FENDEL, JAZZSCENE OF OREGON
Classical Connection, Vol. 2, Dale Bruning, guitar.
Every city has its resident jazz heroes, and it’s easy to assume that guitarist Dale Bruning holds a lofty position in Denver. With other veterans of the mile high city in Jeff Jenkins, piano, Mark Simon, bass, and Paul Romaine, drums, Bruning delivers volume two of a selection of themes taken primarily from classical sources. The result is a sampling of such composers as Ferde Grofe, Gabriel Faure and even that jazz cat, J. S. Bach. The bonus here is the appearance of Ali Ryerson on flute, who, along with her colleagues, swings with authority on Grofe’s “On the Trail,” but also finds the delicacy and intimacy of Faure’s “Pavanne.” Other highlights include a heartfelt Jenkins solo on “Danny Boy”; Simon’s arco introduction on “Daybreak”; and a very swinging closer on Cole Porter’s “You’d Be So Nice to Come Home To.” Bruning is very generous to his colleagues regarding solo opportunities, comping behind them with great skill. But he’s also a gifted, straightahead, no frills soloist who reminds us just how satisfying jazz guitar can sound –when, as the insurance people say, it’s in good hands.
Jazz Link Enterprises, 2010, 63:38.
REVIEW: by IAN MACGREGOR, JAZZ GUITAR SOCIETY OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Classical Connections, Vol II
I’m Always Chasing Rainbows is a solo outing for Dale who starts off in harmonics and progesses to some beautiful chord solos with a great tone from his Denny Stevens guitar.