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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 Black Hawk label) and has since led sessions for Intima and Nova. 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 moved farther outside of the box with 2009's It Is What It Is. The following year, he paid tribute to guitar legend Jimi Hendrix with Bromberg Plays Hendrix. He then gathered an all-star cast of musicians, including Alex Acuña, Randy Brecker, George Duke, Béla Fleck for 2012's Compared to That.

Taking time out from his solo work, Bromberg appeared on albums by Till Brönner, Andrea Bocelli, Andreas Varady, and others. In 2016, he returned with Full Circle, which included guest appearances from Arturo Sandoval, Kirk Whalum, and others. ~ Scott Yanow & Steve Leggett
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Compared To That

1. Compared To That

2. Rory Lowery, Private Eye

3. If Ray Brown Was A Cowboy?

4. Hayride

5. A Little New Old School

6. Forgiveness

7. Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?

8. I'm Just Sayin'

9. The Eclipse

10. Give It To Me Baby

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Track List: Bromberg Plays Hendrix

1. Fire

2. Manic Depression

3. Freedom

4. The Wind Cries Mary

5. All Along The Watchtower

6. Foxey Lady

7. Hey Joe

8. Crosstown Traffic

9. Spanish Castle Magic

10. Purple Haze

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Track List: It Is What It Is

1. It Is What It Is

2. Love Shack

3. Excuse Me

4. Life

5. Elephants On Ice Skates

6. The Mirror

7. Sanford And Son

8. Mr. Miller

9. Martinis At The Velvet Lounge?

10. Saul Goode

11. The Anticipation

12. Heaven

13. Slap Happy

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Track List: In The Spirit Of Jobim

1. One Note Samba

2. Wave

3. Coastline Drive

4. Little Tune

5. Tristefinado

6. Corcovado

7. Cha Chika Chika Boom

8. Isn't It Beautiful?

9. Ray Of Sunshine

10. Talia

11. Ellen

12. The Girl From Ipanema

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Track List: Downright Upright

1. Cantaloupe Island

2. Mercy Mercy Mercy

3. Cold Duck Time

4. Sunday Mornin'

5. The Hacha Chacha

6. Chameleon

7. Serengeti Walk

8. Leisure Suit

9. Slow Burn

10. Shag Carpet

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Track List: Wood Ii

1. Caravan

2. Bolivia

3. Blue Bossa

4. Witch Hunt

5. A Love Affair

6. Butterfly

7. Shining Star

8. I'll Remember April

9. Pensativa

10. Carry On Forward Son

11. Four Brothers

12. Let 'em In

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Track List: Metal

1. Good Morning

2. The Dungeon

3. Through The Window

4. Trade Show

5. Carlos

6. Top Down

7. Fooled Ya!

8. The Message Within

9. Flight Of The Phoenix

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Track List: Choices

1. Never Give Up

2. Choices

3. Bobblehead

4. Snuggle Up

7. Why?

9. Bass Face

10. When I Look In Your Eyes

11. Lazy Afternoon

12. Audubon Park

14. Hear Our Cry

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Track List: Jaco

1. Come On, Come Over

2. Continuum

3. Teen Town

4. A Remark You Made

5. Portrait Of Tracy

6. Three Views Of A Secret

7. The Chicken

8. Tears

9. Slang

10. Come On, Come Over (Instr.)

11. Teen Town (Piccolo Bass)

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Track List: Wood

1. The Saga Of Harrison Crabfeathers

2. Dolphin Dance

3. Come Together

4. Goodbye (For My Father)

5. Speak Low

6. Freedom Jazz Dance

7. I Love You

8. Straight No Chaser

9. All Blues

10. The Days Of Wine And Roses

11. Star Spangled Banner

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Track List: Brian Bromberg

1. Summer Afternoon

2. My Brother

3. Bass Face

4. Her Eyes, Her Heart

5. Tunnel Vision

6. I'll Be Around This Time

7. Intimadage

8. Yo!

9. Bern City

10. Sedona

11. The Blessing

12. My Eyes, Her Heart (Vocal Version)

13. My Bass

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Track List: It's About Time - The Acoustic Project

1. Dear John

2. Echoes

3. One For The Woofer

4. Waltz For Daphne

5. Yes Or No

6. If I Should Lose You

7. Fom Dust To Dessert

8. The Gnocchi Man

9. Budha Belly

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Bad a**!!!
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ebouler3
Go Brian!! U bad boyyyyy!!
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Too hard to believe that Music like this is not on the radios regularly. Its so good.
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I love the music
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gypsyme3
Wow saw that ��UTIFULL 2 X !! Omg !! Great DAY ..
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jaroncali
Solid!
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A cold, cold bass player, the man can make that bass talk, would to see him and Stanley
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great playing!!!!
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My fav is "Isn't It Beautiful" from the Magic Rain cd way back in the late 80's. I like BASS period!!!!!
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i heard the songi love you while doing homework and i was absolutely knocked out of my socks! great playing. very crisp sounding which is probably due to good recording techniques.
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vegenergy
Absolutely brilliant work.
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Very nice
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This is my first time listening to Brian, great sound/smooth ! RQ/rlh
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spoke with him briefly while he and Jeff Lorber were playing locally. Very humble for being so talented.
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redbeansandr i c e 0
Damn good !
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Brian, Brian, Brian....tha t ' s all I can say!!!
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lavertagreen
He is so cold Good Smooth jazz Will listen to him again thanks. Pandora for this station
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Saw him in D.C. Blues Alley a great performance and group!
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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.
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I luv this cut...!!!! Sounds good no matter who does it!!! ;-)
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Very very nice. Music flows and waves
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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!
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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.
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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
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Very fitting for my Victor Wooten Station. Gotta love virtuosity.
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cef1953
Great energizing music! Gets me motivated!!
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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.
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Tremendous bassist!!
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i miss CD 101.9
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mmproduction s _ 9 9
Brian is the real deal, FONKY
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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!
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Amazing!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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philipblank1
great are you kidding me--He;s the best ever !!!!
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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.
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i like that , it is what it is
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mossman54
Has a good sound that I like
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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!
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Really nice tempo,pat your feet,bob your head,you can feel the beat
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stpetersbkly n 2
what great sound....
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f**king good.
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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.
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andrewthebas s i s t
Brian Bromberg is a beast.
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Outstanding to say the least...
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Brian Bromberg is the truth!
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Very nice, never heard of him very soulful..... . .
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Another Pandora find, I'm averaging 2 or 3 a week.
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lbpro1
Niiiicee!
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gbournes8
very tight,i like.
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Bravo Pandora you done done it again.... I love this guy.
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great bass player.....s o l i d and inventive
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