JAZZTIMES review of Yesterday’s Dream - July/August 1993
Keyboardist Gary Brunotte should turn heads with Yesterday’s Dream (Altenburgh; 43:30), an eminently appealing
date featuring saxman Eric Marienthal, bassists Jimmy Johnson and Gordy Johnson, drummers Bill Berg and Gordy Knudtson,
percussionists Brad Dutz and Marc Anderson, and vocalist Lucia Newell. Brunotte is a crisp, indeed, intelligent player
whose charts sizzle and yet leave plenty of space for inspired soloing. And, egads, this may be Marienthal’s finest
outing - tres musical! Along with Brunotte’s bracing originals are attractive reframings of “If I Only Had a Brain”
and “Spring Can Really Hang You Up he Most.” In all, a first-class effort, especially the tracks anchored by West
Coast heavies Jimmy Johnson, Bill Berg and Brad Dutz.
BILLBOARD MAGAZINE review of Yesterday's Dream - Summer 1993
Minneapolis-based pianist/composer Brunotte dishes up a solid contemporary jazz set (with traditional overtones)
. . . . Highlights of an enjoyable outing include the strong swinging 'A la Horace'; the hard-hitting 'Recollections';
the cool, uptempo 'Slightly Blued';
and the funky 'Caterpillar Crossing'
ALL MUSIC REVIEW review of Yesterday’s Dream - by Scott Yanow
The most interesting aspect to this fine straightahead set (which occasionally utilizes Latin rhythms)
is that it gives Eric Marienthal
(best-known for his association with Chick Corea 's
Elektric Band) a very rare opportunity to shot off his bop chops. Altoist Marienthal
is equally effective on soprano and flute during
the two standards and nine Brunotte originals. Brunotte keeps up with Marienthal, his keyboard work is colorful
and singer Lucia Newell is fine on two selections.
This small-label release is worth searching for.
The CD was on the national airwaves throughout the fall of 1993 and made the Gavin Chart Bound list for 8 weeks straight.