Burt Brion was badly hit by a buffet of fate he didn't despair. Since
he was no longer able to work as a teacher, Burt began making his
living playing music at several churches and playing gigs in town. His
debut album is build on the experience of the past fifteen years.
album was produced, mixed and recorded by Allan Phillips who also
plays keyboards, percussion and programming on this album. Allan
has performed and/or recorded for such legends as the late Bob Hope
and Tito Puente as well as Kenny Loggins, Patti LaBelle, Kenny Rogers,
Al Jarreau, Sheila E., Brenda Russell, ZapMama, Peter White, Thomas
Mapfumo, Jeff Lorber, Kirk Whalum, Fattburger, Big Mountain, Sergio
Mendes and the Los Angeles
Philharmonic. Burt Brion
has written all songs, a real gem of originality.
Get It Going is Burt's motto and the first title of his
debut album. The tune offers much energy with elements of gospel and
jazz. Deborah Flores' scat power is the special refinement which
levels the tune in superior regions.
It's Your Turn
is featuring John Rekevics on soprano sax. Burt Brion's piano
play reminds me at the pianist David Benoit. Matt Clowminzer blows
fresh guitar wind into the gentle arrangement.
There are certainly more parallels to other smooth
jazz musicians as Sunrise Serenade reveals.
Bob James' monster hit Angela comes into mind.
Say The Word is
featuring Burt Brion and Mattie Mills in an awesome soulful duet.
Mattie Mills is lead singer of the San Diego based band "The
Heroes". She has been singing in this popular band for 19
years and has done countless charity events.
Encore is the
dynamic proceed with elements of fusion and rock. This professional
variety enriches the album and invigorates Brion's music. Outstanding
John Rekevics' sax stake.
More thoughtful is the following tune A
Time To Remember. This mélange of gospel music and New Age
really fits into Christmas time.
On Do The Right Thing Burt
Brion turns the wheel anew into another direction. This song is Brion's
appeal to positive activity.
What can be so cozy like a lullaby. Lena's
Lullaby is as smooth and caressing as a lullaby can be.
Changes Are Coming
is another song with a positive mood and impetus. Burt says: Don't
give up. There is hope that changes are coming for you
My Two Little Boys
is a sentimental song idealizing Burt's relationship to his children.
There is melancholy in the air when Burt sings: "One day you will
fly away with girls and bigger toys..."
Second Chances is
the final tune, a solo piano piece with much feeling and soul.
It's easy to recognize that Burt has written and
played in his debut album with much life-blood. His album is a point
of mediation and reflection in this giddy-paced time.
- Burt Brion - Website
- Buy the album at
- Title: Say The Word
Artist: Burt Brion
Genre: Cool/West Coast Jazz
Label: Mister B Records
01 Let's Get It Going [4:20]
02 It's Your Turn [6:03]
03 Sunrise Serenade [4:19]
04 Say The Word [4:00]
05 Encore [5:08]
06 A Time To Remember [4:09]
07 Do The Right Thing [5:19]
08 Lena's Lullaby [4:32]
09 Changes Are Coming [5:09]
10 My Two Little Boys [4:11]
11 Second Chances [3:56]