Sherman Oaks, CA (18 July 2012): It’s no ordinary summer for bassist Brian Bromberg, who yesterday released his second and third albums this summer via Artistry Music/Mack Avenue Records. “Bromberg Plays Hendrix” and “In The Spirit Of Jobim” pay tribute to music icons Jimi Hendrix and Antonio Carlos Jobim respectively and arrive six weeks after the release of the bass player’s critically acclaimed chart-topper “Compared To That” as well as the launch of his pioneering online radio station for bassists, Bass on the Broadband (www.bassonthebroadband.com). The immense diversity offered in the trio of new recordings impresses through content and technique while achieving successes in all shades of jazz. Continue reading
Brian BROMBERG -][- In The Spirit of Jobim –Mp3– [Artistry Music, 2012] –
Brian was born December 5th, 1960 in Tucson, Arizona. He grew up in a family of musicians and artists. His father and brother played the drums. With all that music around the house, and drums all over the place, it was natural for Brian to start playing the drums as well. Brian was two and a half years old, beating up the furniture and banging on anything that didn’t move. After some years of playing and practicing, Brian began his professional career as a drummer at the age of thirteen. Continue reading
Brian Bromberg -][- COMPARED TO THAT –Mp3– [Artistry Music, 2012] –
“I’m one of the lucky ones,” says the musician as he barrels down a desolate desert highway accompanied by a massive 300-year-old acoustic bass. Together, they had embarked on a three-week road trip traversing the country beginning in Southern California en route to Reading PA, then on to Nashville TN, returning through his hometown of Tucson AZ and finishing in the San Fernando Valley outside of Los Angeles. During the trip, Grammy® nominated bassist Brian Bromberg played a handful of shows, including a preview performance featuring music from his new Compared To That album at the annual Boscov’s Berks Jazz Festival in Reading before heading south to teach a master’s class in Nashville. And since he was road tripping, Bromberg figured that he would visit his mother for Passover. His vehicle contained several piccolo and electric basses along with assorted amps, but the reason for the cross- country drive instead of flying was the irreplaceable acoustic instrument. Continue reading
Greeting’s jazz connoisseurs, I’m back with another intriguing palette of creative music from some of today’s most unique, adventurous and inspiring voices known and unknown artists alike in the world of jazz.
Rez Abbasi -][- Things to Come – [Sunnyside Records, 2009]
In recent years we have been able to enjoy the chemistry between guitarist Rez Abassi and sax player Rudresh Mahanthappa in albums such as Abassi’s Bazaar, and Mahanthappa’s Kinsmen. For an even longer time we’ve been able to enjoy the dynamic combo of pianist Vijay Iyer and Mahanthappa. On this album for the first time, we hear all three South Asian all stars together and the results are dazzling. Abassi, Mahnthappa, and Iyer are joined by a stellar rhythm section made up by Johannes Weidenmueller on bass and Dan Weiss on drums. Special guest Kiran Ahluwalia adds her beautiful Indian vocals to tracks 1,2,4, and 6, and Mike Block adds Cello to tracks 2 and 7.
While there are tinges of Indian and Pakastani music throughout this album, Things to Come is first and foremost a modern jazz album in the post bop style. Abassi has obviously put a lot of thought and time into crafting clever songs with many tightly interwoven parts. The mood of the album tends to be dreamlike, reflective and cerebral. It’s easy to let you mind wander as the songs drift from one clever part to another. Abassi, Iyer and Mahanthappa are all great soloist with very different styles and textures. There are great solos throughout and it is fascinating to go from the blasting ferocity of Mahanthappa’s blistering sax solos, to the richly layered thought provoking explorations of Iyer, to the snaking, trance inducing, meanderings of Abassi.
Every song is good on this CD and is a joy to listen to from start to finish. —Scott Williams | Amazon.com Continue reading
Brian Bromberg | Jaco – [Artistry Music Group, LLC , 2002]Jaco Pastorious was the most innovative electric bassist to emerge from the productive 70’s Fusion era. His master of technique, groove and musical attitude is second to none. He inspired a long list of followers who changed their axes to fret-less and proceeded to co-op his unique style of playing. Brian Bromberg neatly fell into the “Jaco inspired” category until he rediscovered his upright bass and set off to create his own unique style of playing in both the traditional jazz setting and the more popular smooth Jazz setting. Continue reading