Triumph. “Progressive soul,” he calls it, an apt term for these super-elevating, genre-skewing tunes, which put a high-flying, jazz-fusion spin on deep-feeling soul, R&B, funk and pop. It’s superbly adventurous stuff, which by the way was laid down during the same sessions that produced Kamasi Washington’s The Epic.
L.A.’s formidable Bruner family includes the mighty Stephen “Thundercat” Bruner, Jameel “Kintaro” Bruner of The Internet and paterfamilias Ronald Bruner Sr. (Diana Ross, The Temptations, Gladys Knight). Now let us tip a hat to Stephen and Jameel’s older brother, Ronald Bruner Jr. The Grammy-winning composer-producer-singer-drummer cut his teeth in heavy-duty stints with Kendrick Lamar, Flying Lotus, Wayne Shorter, Prince, Chaka Khan and Stevie Wonder, and he’s got something of his own to say on his recent debut album,