Bruce Brown’s music melds trenchant sarcasms’ into the genre of the Great American Songbook.
By RA Monaco
The poignant musical interpretations of singer, songwriter, pianist Bruce Brown, have never been distracted by the trendy. He grew up to be a kid and since the 70’s, Brown has dedicated his legacy to swinging musical humor and intrinsically straight-ahead interpretations that illuminate political tension and cultural insincerity—a jazzy John Oliver of sorts.
Auspiciously describing his music Arthur Hamilton—who wrote ‘Cry me a River’—said this of Bruce Brown, “His songs are like potato chips, once you hear one, you’ll wanna hear all of them.” Consistent with other compositions like Age of Ignoramus and When Will I Be Blowin’ Up, Brown’s newest recording Let the Demons Run Amok, is one more example of an uncommon musical talent that uniquely resonates with societal frustrations.
Seemingly cut from the cloth of Second City intellect, though originally from Southern California, Bruce Brown has remained in New Zealand since 1998 at the Conservatorium of Music, Massey University Wellington, where he has taught full-time. In 2005, he wrote the music and lyrics for the Anne Looby production Breast Wishes—a fully clothed Australian Musical comedy. Also that year, he released Love Finds You which is available online.
In a new to-be-released CD titled Nobody’s Foolin’ Anyone, Brown features Tom Warrington on bass, John Rae drums, Roger Manins sax and Noel Clayton on guitar in a collective melding of his trenchant sarcasms’ into the genre of the Great American Songbook—Let the Demons Run Amok gives a satirical voice to our sense of Wall Street dishonesty.