Born: March 2 Primary Instrument: Bass
When CHICK COREA watched BERNARD BUNNY BRUNEL play one night at an upscale London jazz club in 1978, Bunny was unaware of the ultimate significance Corea would play in his future success as a bassist. Few weeks after that visit to London Chick called Bunny on the telephone and asked him to pack up and join him on a world wide tour. Bunny quickly accepted and went on to record the classics Tap step and Secret agent with the legendary jazz fusionist. The roster of artists Bunny went on to record and perform with is practically a who's who of music industry giants. Notables include HERBIE HANCOCK, WAYNE SHORTER, TONY WILLIAMS, AL JARREAU, NATHALIE COLE, LARRY CORYELL, AL DIMEOLA, MIKE STERN, JOE FARRELL, and a list too numerous to mention here. Besides his work as a performer, he is equally at home in the roles of composer, arranger, producer and designer. As a soundtrack composer Bunny collaborated with Clint Eastwood in creating the main theme (Claudia's theme) for the award winning film, The Unforgiven. He also worked on several TV shows, including the popular series Highlander. As a designer, Bunny created a line of electric bass guitars for CARVIN Co. and an electric upright bass. Bunny has released Seven wonderful solo albums; MOMENTUM, IVANHOE, TOUCH, DEDICATION,. FOR YOU TO PLAY, L.A. ZOO, CAB and CAB 2and the latest release on Favored Nations Records, CAB4, with Tony MacAlpine, Brian Auger. Patrice Rushen and Dennis Chambers. These projects highlight his beautiful compositions and melodic solos and show off breathtaking bass lines. Taking an active interest in helping bass players, Brunel regularly gives seminars on his unique approach to the instrument. He has written several books available through Mel Bay Publications, and Hal Leonard Publications, as well as three instruction videos.