Jack Broad: Current (2009)
While the music lies in the same vein as works by well-known guitarists Scott Henderson and Frank Gambale, Current's little touchessuch as the atmospheric electronic effects on "Realm"add a psychedelic touch. That track discreetly sets up the title track, a composition with a sci-fi attitude, keyboards, a pulsating rhythm and Broad's sharped edged guitar playing.
Broad's performance matches the music's intelligent design, from clean or distorted riffs to intricate soloing ("Emanations") to a nasty moog-synth bass and hypno-club beat on the killer "Cold Cut." Tunes like "Swamp Witch" have multiple-personalitiesthe Texas rock/blues swagger of Stevie Ray Vaughan, a slow cooked jazz swing tempo and even a little grind-house horror movie to match.
The remaining tracks don't wane. "Rise And Shine" has a rock-anthem quality, whereas "Never Coming Back" contains shadowy contours reminiscent of Pink Floydian dreamscapes. The lighter popping themes in "World Line" and "Nu Sounds" are equally hip; the former donned with odd dance syncopation and the latter spinning a Nuevo-suave beat, a scorching guitar solo and a closing with sampled R&B voice.
High quality composition combined with Broad's creative DIY skills, make Current a totally fun release.
Track Listing: Realm; Current; Emanations; Cold Cut; Swamp Witch; Rise And Shine; Never Coming Back; World Line; Nu Sounds (For The Old Soul).
Personnel: Jack Broad: guitars, all instruments, programming, engineering, mixing, production.
Record Label: Self Produced
Style: Fusion/Progressive Rock