Introducing BUNNY BRUNEL & FRIENDS – BASS BALL, an exciting new CD produced by Bunny Brunel and Stanley Clarke, featuring incredible performances by Billy Sheehan, Victor Wooten, Steve Bailey, Hadrien Feraud, Larry Dunn, and more.
“I think ‘Bass Ball’ is a great, innovative record with some of the best bass players in the world, encompassing a variety of styles.” –Bunny Brunel
PR – If you like the bass, then you will love “Bass Ball,” a new CD encompassing everything that’s great about the bass. The innovative album is produced by Bunny Brunel and Stanley Clarke; and has been five years in the making. “Bass Ball” stars Bunny Brunel and Stanley Clarke, featuring solos by Billy Sheehan, Victor Wooten, Steve Bailey, Armand Sabal-Lecco (who also composed “Stand Out” on the album), and more. Wanting to add a French flavor, Bunny Brunel invited a few musicians, including bass players from his country to be a part history in the making.
“The French bass players who also play on ‘Bass Ball’ are famous in France, but not well known here. I was the one who had the privilege to come to America and play with Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock, and others. But there were many bass players in France who were also very good,” remarks Bunny Brunel.
“I wanted to write a song from my hometown in Nice, France. At the very entrance of Nice is a bay called Baie des Anges [translation: Bay of the Angels]. So I composed and named the tune ‘Bay of the Angels’ and decided to have musicians from my hometown perform on the song; they are trombonist Alex Perdigon, trumpeter Eric Giausserand, bass players Tony Bonfils, Dominique Bertram, Fifi Chayeb (Billy Cobham). There are other songs featuring Josquin Des Pres from St. Tropez, and Marc Bertaux and Hadrien Feraud from Paris,” concludes Bunny Brunel.
“Bass Ball” features a Who’s Who of drummers with Dennis Chambers, John Wackerman, Simon Phillips, Steve Ferrone, Johan Franzon, Ike Wiley, Clayton Cameron, and Bryan Cabrera. On Percussion are Chris Moraga and Monette Moreno. Playing keyboards on a few of the tunes is Nick Smith and Larry Dunn (Earth, Wind & Fire). Dunn composed a song with his wife Luisa called “Lulu”—a track filled with layered keyboards and complex, melodic arrangements. Luisa Dunn adds her lush background vocals to the tune. “Lulu” also features flutist Kaylene Peoples (who also plays flute on two additional tracks).
Bunny Brunel and Stanley Clarke make their presence know on all of the songs on “Bass Ball.” The two virtuosos (Bunny and Stanley) have very distinctive playing and soloing styles, making it easy to guess who’s playing what on the album. In the liner notes, “Bass Ball” carefully outlines each bass player’s part. However, If you know your bass players, you’ll have no trouble identifying these iconic players.
“I like the fact that ‘Bass Ball’ is going to give people an opportunity to hear some of the best bass players they’ve never heard before.” –Stanley Clarke
As far as the featured instruments: Bunny Brunel plays the ESP fretted bass, fretless bass, and piccolo bass; and Stanley Clarke plays Alembic basses, piccolo bass, and acoustic bass.
All the bass players are truly the stars on this album, making “Bunny Brunel and Friends – Bass Ball” the first CD of its kind in the history of recorded albums. Rest assured . . . “There will be a ‘Bass Ball 2!’” –Bunny Brunel and Stanley Clarke
Available on www.bunnybrunel.com or CD Baby or itune for downloads.