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Brian Bromberg

A very versatile acoustic and electric bassist capable of playing straight-ahead jazz, funk, and fusion, Brian Bromberg is also one of the few bassists to master the tapping technique made famous by Stanley Jordan, sometimes sounding like three bassists at once during his often-thunderous solos. Although he was a drummer at the age of 13, the following year Bromberg started classical lessons on bass. He developed quickly and by the time he was 19, he was part of Stan Getz's group. Bromberg has been a valuable sidemen with many bands since including those led by Horace Silver, Monty Alexander, Dizzy Gillespie, Richie Cole, Lee Ritenour, Dave Grusin, and Freddie Hubbard. He recorded his first album as a leader in 1986 (A New Day for the Blackhawk label) and has since led sessions for Intima and Nova; unfortunately, all of those record companies have since gone out of business. Into the next century, Brian Bromberg remained one of the most underrated bassists in jazz. That would change. Bromberg's initial albums as a leader were smooth jazz affairs, including 1986's A New Day, 1988's Basses Loaded, and 1989's Magic Rain, but he switched gears for 1991's It's About Time: The Acoustic Project, a more mainstream acoustic jazz record. The next release, though, 1993's self-titled Brian Bromberg, saw him return again to the smooth jazz feel of his earlier albums. Signing with Zebra Records, Bromberg released 1998's You Know That Feeling, which featured Rick Braun, Joe Sample, Jeff Lorber, Everette Harp, and other notables from the smooth jazz genre. Bromberg next went back to straight jazz for 2002's Wood, followed by a tribute to bassist Jaco Pastorius -- simply titled Jaco -- a short time later in 2003. A sequel to Wood, Wood II, appeared in 2005, and Bromberg had clearly moved out of the box of his smooth jazz phase, particularly with the rapid-fire, amazing bass solos that made up Metal, which appeared later in 2005. He also became a highly sought after record producer, with several charting projects in his résumé. Continually stretching himself on bass, Bromberg continued to move outside of the box with 2009's It Is What It Is. ~ Scott Yanow & Steve Leggett, Rovi
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This is my first time listening to Brian, great sound/smooth ! RQ/rlh
spoke with him briefly while he and Jeff Lorber were playing locally. Very humble for being so talented.
redbeansandr i c e 0
Damn good !
Brian, Brian, Brian....tha t ' s all I can say!!!
lavertagreen
He is so cold Good Smooth jazz Will listen to him again thanks. Pandora for this station
Saw him in D.C. Blues Alley a great performance and group!
This dude is soo cold on acoustic bass, it brings tears to your eyes! Brian and Stanley are the best acoustic bassist of the modern era.
I luv this cut...!!!! Sounds good no matter who does it!!! ;-)
Very very nice. Music flows and waves
You'll never believe this but Jeff Beck, already a guitar virtuoso extraordinai r e , can put down some great jazz licks like you wouldn't believe. I think the man could play improviso for hours without a break!
My wife and I saw him New Years Eve a few years ago. He was accompanied by Richard Elliot, Rick Braun and David Benoit. Although I (unknowingly ) had pneumonia, was sick as a dog and was hospitalilze d the next day, we still had a great time and I'll never forget the awesome sets they played. They played well into the night and seem truly inspired somehow. They are all exceptional musicians and deserve more recognition.
I played opposite Brian with Monty Alexander at Ronnie Scott's - he (they) were amazing and inspirationa l ! ! ! Good to see Brian's career flourishing - he's an amazing talent! Terry Disley
Very fitting for my Victor Wooten Station. Gotta love virtuosity.
cef1953
Great energizing music! Gets me motivated!!
Listening to ...Woofer and trying to write something at the same time was a challenge I could not sustain. I had to put hands down and listen! Oh, and pat my feet.
Tremendous bassist!!
i miss CD 101.9
Brian is the real deal, FONKY
chk266
I had the opportunity by accident to hear Brian play in Maryland sometime ago, And asked myself at that time Brian who? Question answered. He is who he is 'BAD!
Amazing!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
philipblank1
great are you kidding me--He;s the best ever !!!!
sounds like marcus miller and company on bass good work please dont stop your groove playing .where has all the jazz creators gone time for the great ones to resurface to put are minds at peace.
i like that , it is what it is
mossman54
Has a good sound that I like
what a player! first heard him on a radio station in san diego. i think it was rio solado out of sdsu in 80's. awesome!
Really nice tempo,pat your feet,bob your head,you can feel the beat
stpetersbkly n 2
what great sound....
f**king good.
lorilowe420
dont forget when you listen to brian, alot of what sounds like guitar is him on a piccolo bass probably midi'd for guitar effects. fantastic player all the way around.
andrewthebas s i s t
Brian Bromberg is a beast.
Outstanding to say the least...
Brian Bromberg is the truth!
Very nice, never heard of him very soulful..... . .
Another Pandora find, I'm averaging 2 or 3 a week.
lbpro1
Niiiicee!
gbournes8
very tight,i like.
Bravo Pandora you done done it again.... I love this guy.
great bass player.....s o l i d and inventive
the bromberg master general
ejonessounds 5
YOU NEVER KNOW WHO ELSE IS OUT THERE. I HAVE BEEN EXPOSED TO SO MUCH MORE BY THE PANDORA RADIO.
Brian Bromberg is real good, check out Anthony Lockett on myspace.
Take that!
quicksilver3 2 1
Very nice! So is Jodi Proznick
steven.watso n 6
First time hearing Brian Bromberg, very good.
Real nice bass licks
radunn23
Thank you pandora for allowing me to listen so many great artist.
towanna9512
AWESOME!!
bsclef
Geeez! No one mentioned that he has 12 fingers(and uses them ALL)! My rating as number 1 right now among many great players.
dude has mad skills!
Brian Bromberg's "My Bass" track sounds like a combination of Billy Sheehan and Stu Hamm - Billy's two-handed tapping and pianistic chording techniques, with Stu's bass tone. Not original, but pretty cool.
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