Bright Eye Day

Chris Bottomley

Funk, rock, sweet reggae vibes, dub, blues and more are in this new release from Crispy Bottomley - Bassmon at large.

“Bottomley's latest release "Bright Eye Day" comes out of chaos, emotional upheaval, tragedy and hope.

Featuring longtime Brainfudge cohorts Great Bob Scott - Donne´ Roberts - Richard Underhill - Perry White - Bryden Baird - James Gray & Jono Grant, the 14 song disc playfully gives you the funk of “My Head is Spinning”, the rocking “Rattle My Cage”, and sweet reggae vibes of “Where is the Love”.

LIST OF CREDITS for Brainfudge! “Bright Eye Day”

Produced by Chris Bottomley & Jono Grant Engineered by Jono Grant, Brian Hewson, Bryden Baird & Crispy B Mixed by Jono Grant & Crispy B at Victory Drive Music Mastered by Jono Grant. Recorded at Victory Drive Music, Escarpment Sound, Bryden’s Audio Massage Theatre & Psychotropic Sound from May to Dec 2012, January to July 2013 Words & Music by Chris Bottomley © & Publishing Chris Bottomley 2013 (SOCAN)

Design & Layout by Kristen Wagner Front Cover Photos by Crispy B Inside sleeve photos by Fee Gunn

All rights reserved. Unauthorized copying and distribution is a violation of applicable laws. Made in Canada. A Partly Bent Records Production Distributed by www.cdbaby.com

Contact: PO Box 65017 RPO Chester, Toronto, ON M4K 3Z2 Web: www.chrisbottomley.com E-Mail: Crispy@ChrisBottomley.com

This recording was made possible with the financial assistance of the Toronto Arts Council & Ontario Arts Council. The Ontario Arts Council is an Agency of the Government of Ontario.

In Memorandum to Brainfudge Member James Gray 1960 – 2013 who passed on during the making of this record. A wizard on the keys, he will be missed.

Love and gratitude to:

Jono Grant, Bryden Baird, Ian Menzies, PS Kensington, Shamez, CIUT, CBC Radio, Jay Cleary, Sebastian Cook, Kristen Wagner, Larry Steele (for loaning me his guitar to write with) Sam & Nikki at The Painted Lady, George Guerra (for technical support) Gary Topp, Kurt Swinghammer, Sev Micron @ Muzicare Productions, Derek Christie, Elmira Nezirevic, Don @Escarpment Sound, Jazz-FM, Dubmatix, Andrew MacPherson, Johnny Trelawny, Greg @The Supermarket, The Lula Lounge, Cory Siddall, Wu’s Tai Chi Chu’an Academy, The Tuesday Night Hootenanny Club, Steve York, Ruth Kavanagh, Paul Bottomley, Kevin Bottomley, Veronique Morency, Kristen Wagner, Jean Manson, Fee Gunn, Yorkshire Family & Friends, The Black Forest in Lahr, Germany, Lakes, Rivers & Forests, the Sky & Universe, kaleidoscopes everywhere, fractal imagery, the microscopic world, nebulas, and last, but not least, the fine people of Toronto, Canada

RATTLE MY CAGE (C. Bottomley) CB – Fuzz Bass, Guitar, Lead & Backing Vocals Great Bob Scott – Drums Jono Grant - Guitars

LOST IN A FUNK (C. Bottomley) Chris Bottomley – Bass, Lead & Backing Vocals Great Bob Scott – Drums Donne´ Roberts – Guitar Jono Grant – Hammond Organ Richard Underhill – Alto Sax

WHERE IS THE LOVE (C. Bottomley) CB – Bass & Vocals Donne Roberts – Guitars GBS - Drums & Effects James Gray – Hammond Organ, Clavinet Jono Grant – Fender Rhodes

GOLDEN DAZE (C. Bottomley, J. Grant) CB – Lead & Backing Vocals, Atmospherics, Bass Great Bob Scott – Drums Bryden Baird – Flugelhorn Jono Grant – Ambient Sounds, Piano

DELIRIOUS (C. Bottomley) Chris Bottomley – Bass, Lead & Backing Vocals, Lead Guitar, Rhythm Guitars Jono Grant – Synth, Backing Vocals Davide Direnzo – Drums Perry White - Flute

SOME PEOPLE SAY (C. Bottomley) CB – Lead & Backing Vocals, Djembe, Whistles, Bass Great Bob Scott – Drums Richard Underhill – Saxophones Bryden Baird - Trumpet Donne´ Roberts – Guitar

BOOTY CALL PROTOCOL (C. Bottomley) CB – Bass, Lead & Backing Vocals Donne Roberts – Rhythm Guitar, Backing Vocals, Lead Guitar Great Bob Scott – Drums Jono Grant – Clavinet Perry White – Baritone Sax

CRISPY DUB (C. Bottomley, R. Underhill) CB – Bass, Loop, Guitar Rich Underhill – Saxophonics Jono Grant - Atmospherics

BRIGHT EYE DAY (C. Bottomley) Chris Bottomley – Bass, Lead & Backing Vocals, Guitar Great Bob Scott – Drums Donne´ Roberts – Guitar James Gray – Hammond Organ Richard Underhill – Alto Sax, Baritone Sax Bryden Baird – Soprano Trumpet, Coronet, Flugelhorn

MY HEAD IS SPINNING (C. Bottomley) CB – Bass, Lead Vocals GBS – Drums Donne Roberts – Guitar, backing vocals James Gray – Hammond Organ

BRAZILIA (C. Bottomley) CB – Bass, Vocals, 12 string acoustic, electric guitar Perry White – Flute Jono Grant – Synthesizer, Hammond organ Great Bob Scott – Drums

ALL IN THE HEART (C. Bottomley) CB – Lead Vocal, Bass, Guitar Jono Grant – Drum Loop Perry White – Tenor Sax, Flute Bryden Baird - Trumpet Donne Roberts - Guitar

SAD TO SEE (C. Bottomley) CB – Lead Vocal, Bass, Lead & Rhythm Guitar Great Bob Scott – Drums Jono Grant – Fender Rhodes, Lead Guitar

A BETTER DAY WILL COME (C. Bottomley) CB – Lead & Backing Vocals, Bass GBS – Drums Donne Roberts – Guitars James Gray – Hammond Organ

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Cerebral Lubrication

Chris Bottomley

"Rhythmic, electrical, modern jazz perfectly fusioned with sounds of Afro, Funk, Fusion, Reggae and World Music. Chris Bottomley blows up your mind with his Cerebral Lubrication!"

Carl Flisch - RadioCrazy Multi-Channel Internet Radio Service

CEREBRAL LUBRICATION is a new Double CD instumental compilation from Toronto bassist CHRIS BOTTOMLEY. Sourced from his previous releases "BRAINFUDGE" & "KNOTTY BITS", this is the party record that gives you funk, reggae, soul and afro/world rhytms for those warm summer nights...

Featuring Crispy B on bass guitar, Richard Underhill on Saxophones, Odel Johnson on Reggae drums, (Mikey Dread, Michael Rose) Ken Myhr on guitar, (Cowboy Junkies) - Bottomley's bass delivers the fatness you need. This collection gives you re-mixes from his CD's; "BRAINFUDGE" & "KNOTTY BITS", some live cuts from the BAMBOO CLUB in Toronto, and some new suprises...all from a decades worth of recording! Hard to believe that all this good music comes from Chris Bottomley - bassist in Toronto, Canada.

RADIO CHARTS!!!! Canadian College Radio

CFCR(Saskatoon) - #1 top ten Jazz charts CKUL(Lethbridge) - #2 top 30 charts #1 top ten jazz charts #6 top ten world charts CJAM(Windsor) - #3 top ten jazz charts CSCR(Toronto) - #4 top ten world charts CFBX(kamloops) - #3 top ten jazz charts - #13 top 30 charts CHUO(Ottawa) - #1 top ten jazz charts CJSW(London) - #2 top ten jazz charts

6 CHART ATTACK NATIONAL JAZZ CHARTS!!!!

"I wonder if Canada really realizes the goldmine they have in bassist Chris Bottomley? This talented multi-instrumentalist has just released a double cd called Cerebral Lubrication which is mind-blowing and rhythmic. The emphasis on Cerebral Lubrication is live jam improvisation with eclectic mixtures of Electronica, Reggae, Fusion, Afro/World music, and plenty of good Funk music. At first, Cerebral Lubrication was a lot to digest due to the fact that there is so much great music happening, that it took me a while to complete the cd because I kept replaying songs that moved me, like the Afro/World inspired "Brazilian Thunder Throb", and the Reggae tracks "Let's Get Together" and "Belize City Bakin'" are personal favorites. The true essence of Chris Bottomley musicianship and improvisational skills come through on the live recordings ("Chillin'", "Slinky Dub" and "Oh Hey Yeh") from the Bamboo Club. Cerebral Lubrication is one of the hottest releases by far for 2005. It's funky, with top notch production, and just simply outstanding. Great Job!"

5.0 STARS Reviewed By Maurice Edwards - EOMentertainment.com (Evolution of Media)

"Rhythmic, electrical, modern jazz perfectly fusioned with sounds of Afro, Funk, Fusion, Reggae and World Music. You feel like a time traveler on a trip to the new dimensions of modern jazz. Chris Bottomley blows up your mind with his Cerebral Lubrication!" Carl Flisch - RadioCrazy Multi-Channel Internet Radio Service

"To say that Chris Bottomley is inventive is kind of like saying the Titanic had buoyancy issues. Endlessly excellent musical style with some of the loopiest song names since Frank Zappa combine for a truly interesting individual. In fact, I'd go so far as to say there's very few in the business today more qualified to step into Zappa's musical loafers." Clay Evans - Radio Nosferatu

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Knotty Bits

Chris Bottomley

"Knotty Bits has as many grooves as Stevie Wonder's record collection... a heady trip indeed."

Brent Hagerman - Exclaim Magazine - Toronto, Canada

"KNOTTY BITS" is the third CD release from Canadian singer and bass player Chris Bottomley. Hailing from the colonial confines of Toronto, Chris has been on the indie scene since the 80's makin' music to move your feet heart and soul! This new CD expands on the '94 release "BRAINFUDGE" musically and lyrically but is a more personal record dealing with the universal themes of brotherhood, love, hope and betrayal.

From the joyfull reggae of "Belize City Bakin'", the brotherfunk of "Full Circle", the tropical "Floating and Drifting" to the popish "Hanging to the Riverbank" and love-torn "My Heart Beating" this record delivers on all levels to get your groove movin' and your soul shinin' and propels you further with the djembe/electronica/world driven "African Head Dub" and "Brazilian Thunder Throb".

Three years in the making, "Knotty Bits" features well known Toronto horn players Rich Underhill and Bryden Baird as well as keyboard maestro Jono Grant. Three drummers (Dean Stone/Mike Goodridge/Davide Lorenzo) rounds out the lineup.

CHRIS BOTTOMLEY– KNOTTY BITS (Partly Bent Records) NNN Chris Bottomley’s latest combines every style short of classical to come up with the sweet summery sound that vodka coolers were invented for. Heavy on reggae, latin and percussion, this album is never short on variety. Bottomley is a bassist first, so the songs are rooted in a groovy rhythm that never lets the melody or the lyrics stray too far. It’s for people who are sick of the spaced-out trust fund brats at Dave Mathews shows but who haven’t yet figured out Pat Metheny. Brent Raynor NOW MAGAZINE/June 19-25, 2003

"This record is a scorcher"
David Cintron - WPRK usa

"Great rhythms, strong artistry, excellent production and tight arrangements. Chris Bottomly is without peer." rankin - hbnradio.org

"This is a must have album and has been rated 10 out of 10 on the jazz syndicate radio new releases show ,,,,, well done!" Marky Mark - Jazz syndicate radio

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Brainfudge

Chris Bottomley

"Chris Bottomley might be the Little Richard of Toronto hybrid funk" Lenny Stout - Toronto Star

Chris Bottomley is a talented singer/bassist/percussionist who has performed across North America for the past fifteen years.His music draws from the roots of rock/funk/soul/reggae and jazz; here is an artist with lively, spirited, funky stuff, culled from the labrynths of the heart and soul, messin' with the body and mind! Bottomley's CD "Brainfudge" was released in 1994. Full of horn-driven catchy bass grooves in a pop sensibility, this high energy recording was greeted instantly with positive reviews. "Seize the Day" received considerable alternative and campus radio airplay. Also includes the rousing horn-driven "Stolen Land", a cover song written by Canadian folk-rocker Bruce Cockburn about indigenous rights that was featured on Intrepid Record's compilation, "Songs of Bruce Cockburn/Kick at the Darkness. Features a star-studded cast of players; including Don Kerr (Ron Sexsmith) Chris Brown (Chris Brown & Kate Fenner) Perry White (Shuffle Demons) Kathryn Rose on vocals and Ken Myhr (Jane Siberry/Cowboy Junkies) on guitar! Guaranteed to put a rumble in yer system!

"Chris Bottomley might be the Little Richard of Toronto hybrid funk" Lenny Stout - Toronto Star

"True to his reputation as one of the Big Smoke's best bass thumpers" NOW Magazine

"A fascinating mélange of deep grooves, horn shots and stylistic adventure" The Record

"I've got to say that Chris Bottomley's release BRAIN FUDGE is one of the most inventive and imaginative releases I have heard this year." Eric Cohen - WAER - Jazz 88

" Yet another great album, full of its usual surprises, from the multi-talented Chris Bottomley. Albums such as this are so innovative, with all the different genres/influences, it is hard to categorise. So, why bother categorising this particular album? Don't! Just relax and listen and let the album take you far away." Tony Bates - Highlands 100.7FM

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