Thursday 29 March 2018

'Triumph' by Ronald Bruner Jr

Ronald Bruner Jr's debut solo album 'Triumph' was actually an early release amongst the ever-growing list of World Galaxy/Alpha Pup Records releases which now include the brilliant Josef Leimberg’s ‘Astral Progressions’, Jonah Levine Collective’s ‘Attention Deficit’ and Ryan Porter’s ‘The Optimist’.  Bruner's first introduction to this site was through our article 'The Graduating Class of To Pimp A Butterfly' which featured him as part of the incredible list of musicians who participated in the seminal Kendrick Lamar 2015 album along with artists including Terrace Martin, Josef Leimberg, Kamasi Washington, Adam Turchin, amongst many others...

Bruner's drumming on the much-loved Boi-1da produced 'The Blacker the Berry' is just one in a series of collaborations attributed to his skills, including having worked with undeniable legends including Prince, Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan and Q-Tip, along with Terrace Martin, lebel-mate Natasha Agrama and his own brother, bassist Stephen "Thundercat" Bruner.

'Triumph' however sees Bruner take centre-stage as drummer as well as vocalist in a project that genuinely shines as one of the most exciting in recent years.  Guests and musicians on the album come with the high standards of Thundercat, Mac Miller, George Duke, Taylor Graves, Danielle Withers and Kamasi Washington with standout numbers including 'Take The Time', 'Doesn't Matter', 'Sensation' and 'To You/For You'.  The album is a unique fusion of jazz, soul and R&B with songs brought to life through an inimitable energy - it's almost fearless in its all-encompassing approach but a sound that's executed with ease.  Frankly, it’s unmissable!

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