How to Catch [a] C.A.B. in Hollywood
Sometimes it takes a musician, to fully capture a musician's spirit during a live performance. For the not so musically inclined, knowing the musician's music before photographing them, is a great place to start. You'll know where the hits are, where the players are going to ramp up the music, or where there the music will be more chill. Fortunately, I have known C.A.B. and their music for several years, so these images have more of a personal feel.
This is Bunny's new Signature ESP Bass-- the bass he's always wanted! Designed to Bunny's exact specifications, the body of this bass is solid Alder, a fantastic wood known for being consistent, lightweight, and having a great sound. I have an MTD Saratoga made completely of Spalted alder--I can understand why so many luthiers have sought out this particular wood. The top is a thin slice of quilted maple, chosen by Bunny, to lighten things up and for aesthetic purposes, of course.
I spoke with Jeff Moore, the Senior Vice President of ESP, about the new instrument and Bunny's relationship with the company. He showed a great admiration for Bunny's skill both as a player and a designer. Jeff went on to discuss the current mindset of ESP and their desire to cultivate a more familial culture between the artists and the company-- a sure sign of good things to come. He personally attended both the show at Catalina's and the show at The Baked Potato, in support of Bunny and his new instrument. How's that for company support?
Longtime friends Bunny Brunel and Tony MacAlpine are two of the original members of C.A.B. Tony is the flashier of the two, having arrived at the venue on a motorcycle, with two guitars strapped to his back.
Doug Webb tears things up with C.A.B., while Tony keeps things moving. Don't worry folks, it is safe sax.
Bunny Brunel has a lot to say, both as a musician and as a man. Those who know him well, know that he is hardly shy about speaking his mind. Those who know him well, also know that he is very respectful and socially aware. These qualities are ever present in his playing, driving his showmanship and the mood of the audience. If they are tired he will move them. If they are wild, he will rally them. If they are down, he will amuse them. Bunny Brunel can best be described as a "people's player," above all else. Yes he is somewhat of a bass playing guru, but most of all, he is the key to a good night out.