What we wrote about him at the time…
For a long time all it would take was a subway token, an inquisitive ear, and what I suppose might be an uncommon quality in major cities (to realise that there will be another train along soon enough), to hear some of the fiercest free jazz in New York City. Finding his freedom in the bowels of Grand Central Terminal, in what most of us would find cramped and constricted spaces; playing solo, in duos with Sabir Mateen or with the explosive quartet TEST, Tom Bruno has helped launch a remarkable guerrilla campaign for the soul of NYC free jazz.
Bruno’s liberated improvisational approach stretches beyond the lyrical, tough as nails rhythmic bursts and expressive, swinging attack of his drumming. His solo sets above ground have also featured deep melodic piano playing, dancing and out there vocalising that combine to create a music of real fire and passion. This is his first performance in the UK (fittingly enough, in a railway arch).