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Stephen “Thundercat” Bruner spent the final area of the fresh millennium’s first 10 years getting the go-to bassist for virtually every designer in black color vanguard music. His nimble, syncopated, groove-heavy basslines had been noticed on albums by Erykah Badu, Sa-Ra, Soaring Lotus, as well as others. Given birth to and elevated in LA, Bruner had the nice fortune to participate a music family members. His dad, Ronald Bruner, Sr., was an achieved drummer, dealing with performers like Diana Ross, the Temptations, and Gladys Knight. Bruner’s old sibling, Ronald Jr., a Grammy-winning drummer, spent some time working with esteemed performers such as for example Kenny Garrett and Stanley Clarke. The Bruner brothers had been members of Youthful Jazz Giants, a quartet with Kamasi Washington and Cameron Graves, who released a self-titled recording in 2004. Bruner’s 1st major work arrived as an adolescent. While still in senior high school, he became a member of Ronald within the L.A.-centered punk band Suicidal Tendencies, replacing Robert Trujillo, who shifted to try out with Metallica. At concert events, the youthful Bruner shown flair and dexterity, playing a few of Trujillo’s three-finger riffs with simply his thumb. Possessing a kinship and fascination with the L.A.-led movement of genre-mixing dark music, Bruner began collaborating with a few of its main creators. His basswork on “The Cell” was, probably, the standout musicianship on Badu’s New Amerykah, Pt. 1. He made an appearance on J*Davey’s edition of Frank Zappa’s “Dirty Appreciate,” Sa-Ra’s “Appreciate Czars,” Shafiq Husayn’s “Cheeba,” and Bilal’s “Amounts,” as well as collaborated with bass tale Bootsy Collins on Snoop Dogg’s “We Rest in Cali,” among a large number of various other cuts. Throughout that period, he performed live with conductor Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, who led the Suite for Ma Dukes orchestra, a modern ensemble that revisited J Dilla’s Donuts. Bruner’s most prolific and fruit-bearing musical romantic relationship continues to be with DJ/manufacturer/instrumentalist Traveling Lotus, for whom he supplied both bass and vocals for 2010’s Cosmogramma. Traveling Lotus then offered as executive manufacturer for Bruner’s 2011 debut, The Golden Age group of Apocalypse, released beneath the Thundercat moniker on Brainfeeder. Golden Age group received significant acclaim, notably for Bruner’s acrobatic bass and his repurposed undertake ’70s-motivated fusion from George Duke and Jaco Pastorius, the bassist to whom he’s most likened. Bruner’s darker second record, 2013’s Apocalypse, was documented after the loss of life of good friend and collaborator Austin Peralta. Throughout that year as well as the few that implemented, Bruner’s session features included crucial efforts to a small number of Macintosh Miller releases, Traveling Lotus’ You’re Deceased!, Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly and Untitled Unmastered, Kamasi Washington’s The Epic, and Terrace Martin’s Velvet Portraits. Bruner’s very own The Beyond/Where the Giants Roam, an EP released in 2015, functioned being a prelude towards the 2017 record Drunk. The expansive full-length highlighted performances from Kenny Loggins and Michael McDonald for the one “DEMONSTRATE just how.”

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