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Old 12-06-2007, 05:45 PM
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Hi all

I didn't see a thread for Mr Bruner, so I thought I'd start one. Sorry if there is another one! I just purchased Stanley Clarkes new album. Ronald is all over it and it is absolutely brilliant. I played it in my car on the way to work this morning and I didn't want to get out of the car when I'd parked up!! I am blown away by Bruner's playing.. top stuff.

I'm getting the Mod Drummer Fest 06 DVD for Xmas from my wife, can't wait to see him playing on that.

What do you guys think of his playing?

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Old 12-06-2007, 06:15 PM
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He is pretty ridiculous if you ask me.
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Old 12-06-2007, 06:33 PM
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what I love about him is seeing a drummer constantly pushing his limits hard. He's always dancin on the edge, if you known what I mean........
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Old 12-06-2007, 06:49 PM
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what I love about him is seeing a drummer constantly pushing his limits hard. He's always dancin on the edge, if you known what I mean........
Nice way to describe his playing Aydee. I'm a big fan of the textures he creates and I like his drum sound as well. His performance on a track of Scott Kinsey's "Kinesthetics" is definitely worth checking out.

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Old 12-06-2007, 06:59 PM
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Nice way to describe his playing Aydee. I'm a big fan of the textures he creates and I like his drum sound as well. His performance on a track of Scott Kinsey's "Kinesthetics" is definitely worth checking out.

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i love that album, spleen! thought it was all covington ?
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Old 12-06-2007, 07:19 PM
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i love that album, spleen! thought it was all covington ?
Kirk's on most of it but you'll hear Vinnie on "Quartet" and RBJ on "Shinjuku". Good stuff!
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Old 12-07-2007, 01:25 PM
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Aydee, I'm with you on the pushing the limits thing. Much like Tony Williams, not that I'm comparing them. I hate complaring people... he is his own drummer. But, when you watch Tony his approach seems quite similar. I suppose it's a frame of mind and confidence. I am trying to do the same.. it's funny, I often get funny looks from the rest of the band when pull something bizarre out of the hat!

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Old 12-07-2007, 01:31 PM
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I understand what you're saying.

Tony had a way of seeing the space between bars that was really unique.

So does Bruner. Not in the same way, of course. As you said, they are two very different drummers.
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Old 12-17-2007, 10:49 PM
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for your delight...
ronald at drummer live 2007...here's how he blew us all away:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ezTT3...eature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4pidntbXRuQ
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pceoO...eature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FTra8...eature=related


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Old 12-18-2007, 02:29 PM
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Wow! Its like an explosion at the fireworks factory!
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Old 12-19-2007, 02:02 PM
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"I'm getting the Mod Drummer Fest 06 DVD for Xmas from my wife, can't wait to see him playing on that."


What happened to the surprise of Christmas morning these days? all of my relatives have called me and told me what I'm getting for Christmas.....

Bruner has some wicked chops.
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any other albums he played on?
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Old 01-01-2008, 07:07 PM
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any other albums he played on?
A couple more that come to mind are:

Young Jazz Giants (self titled)
The Michael Landau Group - "Live"

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Aydee, I'm with you on the pushing the limits thing. Much like Tony Williams, not that I'm comparing them. I hate complaring people... he is his own drummer. But, when you watch Tony his approach seems quite similar. I suppose it's a frame of mind and confidence. I am trying to do the same.. it's funny, I often get funny looks from the rest of the band when pull something bizarre out of the hat!

Big T
You can definitely compare them. Only because how he plays has so much to do with how tony played. If you go back and listen it's ALL tony.
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I read an interview with him, he's a real character, he got the gig with Stanley Clarke by just waiting around at their soundchecks and then hoppin' behind the kit and goin crazy, as for his playin, i dont think ive seen faster hands in a loooonnng time lol

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Old 01-14-2008, 09:18 AM
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Speaking of Stanley Clarke
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-iuO8S9nxhU
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Old 01-14-2008, 09:39 AM
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Power chops,and power grooves! Its a I-dare-you kinda space. Impressive but a little over the top for me. Love both the players though.
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Power chops,and power grooves! Its a I-dare-you kinda space. Impressive but a little over the top for me. Love both the players though.
Impressive?!?! This is stuff is RIDICULOUS !!
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Old 01-15-2008, 03:27 AM
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lol, I stand corrected. ridiculous is right !!
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Old 01-16-2008, 11:15 AM
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Isn't it Miles Davis who said once "Less is more!"?
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Old 04-04-2008, 09:38 AM
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You guys have to watch the two parts of his performance at the PASIC 2007.

He's the only guy, so far, besides Billy Cobham and Jojo Mayer, who has made my jaw drop from his sheer speed.
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Old 09-26-2013, 09:40 PM
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Isn't it Miles Davis who said once "Less is more!"?
You need to listen to his playing on his brother's album. Less is more is exactly what you'll get. Look up Thundercat's album "The Golden Age of Apocalypse."
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Old 12-17-2013, 11:55 PM
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If there is a faster drummer out there, limb for limb, I know not who it is. Guys have been playing blurs for decades, but Bruner's blurs just seem ... more blurry. LOL
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Old 01-15-2014, 10:51 PM
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My contribution to this awesome thread!!

I watch this before I practice everytime.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hSOBeHSgcHY
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Old 01-17-2019, 09:40 AM
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I don't know why Kamasi Washington insist on having two drummers when Ronald alone is 100 times better (for the band's sound and for those who attend his concerts). I feel sorry for the other drummer....he sound like a newbie compared to Ronald:
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I don't know why Kamasi Washington insist on having two drummers when Ronald alone is 100 times better (for the band's sound and for those who attend his concerts). I feel sorry for the other drummer....he sound like a newbie compared to Ronald:
Sorry if this is OT but ...
1) Two drummers give a unique texture that I don't think we hear enough of. 2) The "newbie" drummers' mics were either not set up or was down in the feed. So you can't hear most of what he's doing. 3) That "newbie" is Tony Austin. Respect.
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Sorry if this is OT but ...
1) Two drummers give a unique texture. 2) The "newbie" drummers' mics were either not set up or was down in the feed. So you can't hear most of what he's doing. 3) That "newbie" is Tony Austin. Respect.
1) I know, but when there is so much difference the sound is not well balanced (i'm not talking about that video, but the shows where Ronald is one of the two drummers) 2) I've heard most of the drum 'duets' between Tony and Ronald, i don't need this one to express a judgement 3) I'm aware of who is Tony Austin, an average drummer to say the least, somebody that sounds like a newbie compared to Ronald Bruner Jr.
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Old 01-17-2019, 03:37 PM
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I've been a fan of the young Ronald now for just a couple of years. He showcases a lot of power, finesse, and dexterity behind the drum kit with his playing style. His work with Stanley Clarke is real good. And all around he seems like a really nice fellow.

My only beef with him is that he is very hard to track down live. His live performance schedule is extremely poor, almost non-existent online. I never know where he'll be playing locally to me, or when? As of right now, Ronald Bruner Jr. is at the top of the list for me in wanting to see a drummer perform live. Hopefully in 2019, the long anticipation of that event happening will finally end.

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I've been a fan of the young Ronald now for just a couple of years. He showcases a lot of power, finesse, and dexterity behind the drum kit with his playing style. His work with Stanley Clarke is real good. And all around he seems like a really nice fellow.

My only beef with him is that he is very hard to track down live. His live performance schedule is extremely poor, almost non-existent online. I never know where he'll be playing locally to me, or when? As of right now, Ronald Bruner Jr. is at the top of the list for me in wanting to see a drummer perform live. Hopefully in 2019, the long anticipation of that event happening will finally end.

Seems he plays only with Kamasi and not even on a regular basis (he's often replaced by a wack bald drummer), it's a pity that he doesn't go on tour with other musicians like he did in the past.
I don't know where you live, but you can try to check the tour dates of KW, maybe one of those dates is near your town.....but Ronald presence is not certain:
https://www.kamasiwashington.com/tour/
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Old 01-18-2019, 04:00 PM
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Just figured that since the name of drummer Tony Austin [TAMA endorsee] was mentioned in recent discussions, that I'd pass along this tasty little nugget of musical composition. Music lovers, I present BFI "The Mighty HRP" (feat. Miles Mosley and Tony Austin)


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Old 01-31-2019, 04:08 AM
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Been watching all the vids of RBjr performing again on YouTube, but I still find myself keep coming back to this two-part series time and time again.

MIND BLOWN!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xjmvAVqT9aM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kY9O5Rh2hbY
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Ronald Bruner Jr, Tony Royster jr, Eric Moore , Arron Spears , these guys are all amazing.
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