REVIEW ON ” THE MANY FACES OF BRANDINO ” BY WAYNE LYNSEY KEYBOARDIST OF THE JAY LENO SHOW
Kevin Brandon’s new cd is both versatile and exciting, showcasing both, his upright & electric bass playing. The band is killing too!! Job well done!
REVIEW ON ” THE MANY FACES OF BRANDINO” BY MIKE MERRITT CONAN O’BRIEN SHOW
You did give me a CD. It’s great. Your playing is happening, nice selection of tunes. I’m coming to your gig next week! Mike Merritt Conan O’Brien Show
REVIEW ON ” THE MANY FACES OF BRANDINO ” BY PAUL JACKSON JR THE WORLD’S GREATEST GUITAR PLAYER
Dude, I’m digging your CD. Your are playing’ your butt off. You’re killing on Actual Proof. How long have you been playing the Warwick 6 string? a Long Time
“I’ve known Brandino for over 30 years. On this new project, he’s playing better than ever. Especially the 6 string electric stuff. Go get it!!”
REVIEW ON ” THE MANY FACES OF BRANDINO BY VICTOR WOOTEN
“Brandino is one of the few bassists who are equally proficient on both electric and acoustic. His new record shows off his skills wonderfully.” – Victor Wooten.
REVIEW ON “THE MANY FACES OF BRANDINO ” BY CHRIS JISI BP MAGAZINE
Bass Player Magazine by Chris Jisi : Quote
The Many Faces Of Brandino (N’House )
The versatile L.A. mainstay bassist/ producer,whose recent credits range from Will.I.AM to
Nancy Wilson , delivers a sturdy sophomore studio disc spotlighting skills on upright and
electric bass, and as a composer/arranger.Among the step-out tracks are acoustic bass-
driven Latin jazzer ” Beginning of the End “,funk-rocker ” Rock It ” ( layering 5-,6-,7-
string bass)and an energetic reading of Herbie Hancock’s
“Tell Me a Bedtime Story “. Kamasi Washington adds supple sax on ” Free Jazz” .
– CHRIS JISI ( Bass Player Magazine )
REVIEW ON ” THE MANY FACES OF BRANDINO BY MIKE SMITH A NYC PERCUSSIONIST
Live concert review
This is a review of a Jazz Group I went to see last night at Mambo’s Cafe in Glendale. I was not asked or paid to do this by anyone; in fact Brandino won’t know until he sees this.
I am doing it because when u c and hear music being performed at a certain level that is not seen very often, especially Jazz, which is one of the most complex styles to play; it deserves attention & praise.
First things first…The Band: Kevin Brandon “Brandino”-Bass/Leader
Oscar Seaton-Drums, Andy Langham-Keys, Keith Fiddmont-Saxes.
Now, most people are familiar with the song ‘Summertime’…well I have never heard it played the way I did last night! And, I have played this song hundreds of times. It was Jazzy, Groovy, some parts were driving yet well controlled and a nice moderate tempo. The parallel/harmonic lines between the Sax & Keys, while the bass & drums hold down the groove…just spectacular. The “solos”…well u gotta go & c for yourself, u will not b disappointed.
‘The Beginning Of The End’…Kevin begins with the bass line & if u r not paying attention, the opening of this song might throw u & it will take several seconds or so to hear the time.
I won’t give everything away by commented on the other songs, u will have to witness for yourself & as I’ve stated already…u won’t b disappointed.
Anyone who has seen Oscar play…knows…the man is in a zone! It’s almost as if he’s in this invisible bubble that has holes in it where he can hear the music & add his unique style of playing to support the song. He looks up, down, sideways within his bubble & its as if he’s getting his inspiration & direct line of communication from God himself. Always supporting the music, yet naturally shining.
Kevin…what can I say…anyone who has seen him knows just how gifted/talented & humorous this man is. We go back a long way.
I remember us working together at Marla’s Memory Lane Club owned by Marla Gibbs, actress who was on TV Sitcom The Jefferson’s.
We were working with Bernard Ighner who wrote & sang ‘Everything Must Change’. Kevin was playing Electric Bass, sitting in a chair. He would lean so far to the left & right, I just knew one night he was gonna fall. I contemplated getting gymnastic mats to place on either side of him on the floor; but he never fell! Bernard just loved Kevin’s feel too.
I included this because when Kevin plays…his body, heart & soul goes into the music, whether it’s his own or someone else’s. U can always rely on Kevin to bring it. He’s walkin’ talkin’ notes of music.
Andy & Keith just bring up the rear in this band…fine musicians. Great band, beautiful array of songs & arrangements.
Collectively, this is a must see group…go see BRANDINO!
Mike Smith a NYC percussionist wrote this !!
REVIEW ON ” THE MANY FACES OF BRANDINO CD” BY BILL HELM RADIO DJ FROM 89.1 KHOL LOCATED IN JACKSON, WY
Not sure what you mean by a quote on the CD, but “it just plain grooves”
(I can’t think of a better compliment to a bassist.)
“The Many Faces of Brandino” CD knocked me out. As a fellow bassist, I find the groove infectious, the arrangements stimulating, and your tone worthy of envy…. Summertime is one of my favorite tunes and the arrangement is so cool, the tempo is just right and the band cooks, yeah, more, I want more.
Bill Helm Radio DJ from 89.1 KHOL located in Jackson, WY