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Wood II by Brian Bromberg

Born December 5th, 1960 in Tucson Arizona, Brian Bromberg grew up in a family of musicians and artists. Since his father and brother played the drums, it was natural for Brian to start playing the drums as well. After several years of playing and practicing, he began his professional career as a drummer at the age of 13. In elementary and junior high school, Brian also played the cello before eventually switching over to the bass. His first big break came in 1979 when Marc Johnson, bassist with the great jazz pianist Bill Evans, heard Brian play and later recommended him for an open spot in Stan Getz’s band. Bromberg joined the Stan Getz quintet in December of 1979 at age 19 and spent nearly a year touring the world with the legendary tenor saxophonist. Over the past 25 years, Bromberg has gone on to tour and record with some of the greatest names in both straight ahead and smooth jazz, including Dizzy Gillespie, Horace Silver, Monty Alexander, Anita O" Day, Arturo Sandoval, Barney Kessel, Benny Golson, Bill Evans , Billy Cobham, Bob James, Boney James, Carmen McRae, Clark Terry, Dave Koz, David Benoit, Eddie Harris, Elvin Jones, Freddie Hubbard, Gerry Mulligan, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Hank Jones, Herb Ellis, Herbie Hancock, Herbie Mann, Ivan Lins, James Moody, Jeff Lorber, Joe Farrell, Joe Lovano, Johnathan Butler, Joshua Redman, Kenny Baron, Kenny Garrett, Kenny Rankin, Kirk Whalum, Larry Carlton, Lee Konitz, Lee Ritenour, Lenny White, Les McCann, Lionel Hampton, Lou Rawls, Michael Brecker, Michel Legrand, Nancy Wilson, Peter White, Randy Brecker, Richard Elliot, Richie Cole, Rick Braun, Robben Ford, Roy Hargrove, Russ Freeman, Sarah Vaughn, Shirley Horn, Sonny Stitt, Stanley Jordan, Stanley Turrentine, Tom Scott, Tony Williams, Toots Thielemans and Woody Shaw. Brian’s solo career began with the release of his first album A New Day in 1986. Smooth jazz radio immediately took notice and his reputation began to spread worldwide on the strength of followup albums like 1988’s Basses Loaded and 1989’s Magic Rain. For his fourth release, 1991’s It’s About Time: The Acoustic Project, the bassist chose to go back to his roots with a straight ahead jazz record that featured trumpet legend Freddie Hubbard and the great tenor saxophonist Ernie Watts. He followed that up in 1993 with the more contemporary sounding Brian Bromberg. In 1996, Brian signed with Zebra records and the following year released You Know The Feeling, featuring smooth jazz greats Rick Braun, Joe Sample, Jeff Lorber and Everette Harp. This began the first #1 record of Bromberg’s career on the strength of three singles in a row that each went to #3 on the charts. He subsequently became a successful producer of several other artists, including former Rippingtons saxophonist Jeff Kashiwa. His release of Wood in 2002 began a string of artistically satisfying and successful releases that continued with Jaco, his 2003 tribute to bass legend Jaco Pastorius, 2004’s Choices, which marked his return to the smooth jazz arena with such guests as Eric Marienthal, Jeff Lorber, Gary Meek and Alex Acuna, 2005’s rock influenced Metal and now the brilliant acoustic offering Wood II.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Brian Bromberg
  • CD Title: Wood II
  • Year Released: 2006
  • Genre: Other
  • Record Label: Artistry Music
  • Artist's Instrument: Bass
  • Short URL: http://jazzreview.com/qu9
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