Brian Bromberg is a true master of the Bass, or should I say Basses. Bromberg plays a variety of acoustic, electric and electronic basses including fretted, fretless, piccolo, upright, and synth to prove to the world that the bass is much more that a rhythmic background beat keeper. Giving us a taste of his sundry of basses, Bromberg has turned the bass into a lead instrument similar to that of a standard six-string guitar. Much to my astonishment, Bromberg has composed this entire album without any guitars. This may not sound like a great accomplishment, however if you listen to the rich fulfilling sound that Bromberg's specially tuned basses deliver throughout this sensational release you would be completely amazed!
Bromberg has brought the bass to the forefront of contemporary jazz and shown that with talent along with imagination one can refashion the bass into a whole new instrument to behold. Bromberg has composed nine of the twelve inventive tracks on this album showcasing not only his creative and valiant bass playing style but exhibiting that he is also an extremely talented composer. This new release made its debut in February and is ripping up the music charts; #11 on Gavin's Smooth Jazz Charts and #12 on Radio and Records NAC chart this week. After your first listen you will realize why this release is going straight to the top. Bromberg assembles contemporary jazz stars Joe Sample, Rick Braun, Jeff Lorber, and Everette Harp to give a helping hand in the crafting of this truly unique masterpiece. On the "I feel asleep a child and woke up a man" track, Bromberg with the help of Mitch Forman on piano leads us down a path of solitude into the rupturing of one of the greatest guitar solos, (I'm sorry, Bass solos) that you will ever hear.
This musical compositon as described by its title walks in as an incent child and is soon developed into a full-grown stalwart mansong. Bromberg will be touring this summer and this is one concert that I'm sure not going to miss. If you are looking for something new and exciting in contemporary jazz, look no further, get your hands on this smashing new release by Brian Bromberg, "You know that feeling".