Bremner's latest recording is a return to the songs of Kurt Weill, but this time with a jazz trio, with new arrangements by Scotland's Artist of the Year, pianist David Patrick. Slow, sultry, dark and intense. Says Bremner, "I wanted to stay true to the tradition of Weill’s music, but I also wanted to go as far as possible. I wanted to take chances that would let me dive into the heart of the songs: whether those hearts were filled with love or murder".
Bremner's second CD: The Sky Was Blue, where he asks the question "What is a jazz standard? And why aren't the songs I grew up with becoming standards". As an answer, Bremner created swinging arrangements of songs from the Velvet Underground, Talking Heads, Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen and others, placing them side by side with traditional jazz standards.
'33(a kabarett), is a concept album: an exploration of musical, emotional, sexual and political inspirations behind the idea of Cabaret, with new arrangements of songs by Weill, Hollaender, Noel Coward and Sondheim.
Bremner's first recording, Bremner Sings Kurt Weill, was devoted to his own personal obsession, the extraordinary songs of Kurt Weill. Along with the amazing French pianist, Stan Cramer, Bremner recorded sparse, heartfelt versions of Weill's repertoire, which moves from the streets of 1920's Berlin to the dazzling lights of Broadway.
Nouveautes, 100 years of modern song:
'The Year's at The Spring', by Amy Beach, America's first professional female composer, was written in 1900. This collection goes from that song, right up to John Cage's haunting 'Experiences No. 2' and Cage's vocal roller-coaster 'Aria'. There are songs from across the 20th Century, by Paul Bowles, Charles Ives, Barbara Monk Feldman, Benjamin Britten, Jean Coulthard, William Bolcom and the three-part chamber work by Leslie Bassett, 'Time and Beyond'