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March 2008

Gary Brunotte
Manic Moments
Sincopato

Featuring a trio, quartet and septet, organist Gary Brunotte’s fourth album shifts from cool Brazilian breezes to twitchy urban struts, and from haunting balladry to happy stomps. He switches instruments as well, supplementing his gleefully sneaky approach to the organ with gentle piano, tender accordion and some throaty vocal turns. The disc is unified by Brunotte’s sunny spirit: Whether he’s creeping stealthily across Jimmy Rowles’ “The Peacocks” or parading a children’s choir through “Mas Que Nada,” his love of the material shines through.

Originally published in March 2008
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