World renown for his jazz guitar virtuosity, Jimmy Bruno has garnered critical acclaim from legends like George Benson. Jimmy’s technical prowess remains essentially matchless, while his understanding of the art form has enabled him to work with Bobby Watson, Joey DeFrancesco, Gerald Veasley and other greats.
Jimmy was introduced to the guitar by his father, who was on Frank Virtue and the Virtues' 1959 hit, Guitar Boogie Shuffle. At the age of 19, Jimmy toured with Buddy Rich. After working in Las Vegas, he made his way to Los Angeles and recorded with the great Tommy Tedesco.
A few years later, Jimmy returned to his hometown of Philadelphia, where he began to further refine his craft. In 1992, he signed to the Concord Jazz label and remained for almost a decade. In that time, he released several landmark recordings, such as Live at Birdland.
When recording Solo, his first Mel Bay record, Jimmy Bruno chose PreSonus. He said, “I bought a lot of preamps. The warmest sounding one was the Presonus BlueTube, which I used on the CD. I sometimes use it live on stage, to warm up the amp. For guitar, the PreSonus BlueTube is the best you can find.”
In addition to the BlueTube, Jimmy also uses an HP-4 headphone amp, and for mastering, an ACP-22 compressor.
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