Bromberg is one of the top five bassists worldwide. The GRAMMY
nominated bass player grew up in a world of jazz. He already performed
in early years with area jazz bands and symphonies. Although some of
his twenty solo albums are settled in the smooth jazz realm, his
musical love was always devoted to straight ahead jazz. "I still love
playing with straight-ahead jazz artists and I want to do more
acoustic, mainstream jazz albums myself.”
Brian's new album Compared To That is such a mainstream jazz
album, which also respects the desire for smooth jazz elements. The album was recorded live in between two days. Recording
artists were beside Brian Alex Acuna, Gannin Arnold, Charlie Bisharat,
Randy Brecker, Vinnie Colaiuta, George Duke, Bela Fleck, Mitch Forman,
Larry Goldings, Jeff Lorber, Gary Meek and Tom Zink.
Fast paced, horn driven, bass loaded, that is the introducing
Compared To That. Bromberg excels on Upright bass with impressive
dexterity. Jeff Lorber brings with his signature piano virtuosity the
piece to breathtaking highs.
With Rory Lowery, Private Eye Brian leans more to straight
ahead jazz with a big dose of velocity. Swiftness is always a part of
artistry and has its effect on the audience. If Ray Brown Was
A Cowboy? is dedicated to the late Ray Brown, an outstanding
bassist and recipient of innumerable awards. Brian performed this
piece on acoustic bass at the Inn at Reading as part of the Berks Jazz
On Hayride Bromberg meets banjo great Bela Fleck and violin
legend Charlie Bisharat. With all three the tune catches fire
and the string arrangement delivers a tight emotional atmosphere. A
Little New Old School presents the complete palette of sexy horns
including Randy Brecker on trumpet and Gary Meek on tenor sax powered
by a mighty horn section of five further prolific brass players. Jeff
Lorber adds some dirty gritty atonal tones on keys, while Brian plays
various infectious grooves on slap bass with greetings to Victor
Wooten and Stanley Clarke.
Forgiveness is a well-respected social and religious behavior.
Bromberg elected this great word for a melodic and melancholic
acoustic piece with a high emotional aspect. Chicago's Does Anybody
Really Know What Time It Is? gets a new swing with a excellent
balance of pop and jazz. I'm Just Sayin' loves it straight and
jazzy featuring Randy Brecker on muted trumpet. The tune has enough
length to allow all musicians to expand on various soli.
The jazz fusion piece Eclipse showcases George Duke on piano
and Brecker on flugelhorn. Bromberg describes the song as the darkest
tune spiritually and stylistically as a New York jazz sound. Rick
James' R&B song Give It To Me Baby finds a jazzy finish by
mastermind Bromberg. Finally to mention is Gannin Arnold's superb
guitar performance on those part of the album, which aren't played by
Brian on piccolo bass.
With Compared to That Bromberg succeeds in recording an
evenhanded mixture of pop and jazz, that will actually excite jazz