"Thirty seconds into track one and it’s already painfully clear that Circadian Rhythm Kings are shaping some of the most exciting, exhilarating, and daunting jazz I’ve ever heard. What stands out most is the dazzling cacophony of wind instruments that weave their way through the record: The dulcet croon of clarinet, the spit-fire fury of trumpet and sax, the airy trills of the flute, and the booming braggadocio of the bari, all resounding en masse. Of course, I don’t want to sell the rhythm section short. It’s the warm fluid smears of upright bass and stream-of-conscious percussion work that allow the compositions to free-flow their way from nebulous piano-filled fogs to Latin-tinged poly-rhythmic grooves and back again with such subliminal ease. Sure, those clarinet lines may sound as smooth as nocturnal emissions and the surreal contour of the compositions may flow like you thought only dreams could, but don’t let their name fool ya—this isn’t the type of jazz that will put you to sleep." (Will Barry)"Noralee Walker, viola, and Todd Brunel, clarinet, performed Prelude, Allegro and Pastorale...I found Walker and Brunel's interaction as chamber musicians to be one of the high points of the afternoon. They created a finely calibrated sound world in the Prelude, blending their instruments' muted qualities with masterful sensitivity. They navigated the intricately fitted, angular lines of the Allegro with energy and flair, and brought out the unexpected dark qualities of the Pastorale, which, belying its name is murky and full of disturbing shifts in harmony."
"Sweeping solos blown in a diverse stream of study nothingness.........played by true cats, heavy pros."
— The Gods of Music .com
"Todd Brunel's Vortex series presented Katt Hernandez and himself with highly regarded blues oriented pianist David Maxwell sitting in with the duo. The music was all over the place, succeeding and failing intermittently with all of its diversity. The highlight of the set.....was the Brunel Hernandez encore in which everything came together beautifully."
— Stu Vandermark, Cadence Magazine
" In "Freedom by Design", Butch Morris's Conduction leaves little to chance. The success of the conductions depends on Morris's ability to find compatible musicians.... In Boston, he'll have local clarinettist Todd Brunel, with whom he's worked before, as well as a couple of musicians from New York, including accordionist Andrea Parkins...."
— Jon Garelick, Boston Phoenix
" The Hurtado was nimbly traversed by.........clarinetist Todd Brunel"
— David Cleary, the New Music Connoisseur
Dave Latchaw's Music Ezine for Independant Musicians and fans of music:
" Circadian Rhythm Kings and Americanmusicrevolution.com, two bands featuring reedman Todd Brunel, are playing a benefit for Zeitgeist Gallery tonight at the Cellar Bar."
— From the Boston Globe, Jazz Pick of the Week
" ...powerful polyrhymic improvisations."
— Somerville Arts Council