Ron Berman: Songs of Alan Broadbent
The 11 selections (one's an alternate take) on the album run from tantalizing ballads like "Away from You" through medium tempo pieces such as "This One's for Bud", to faster paced tunes. None of the songs are assertive, rather they lean to the introspective and contained. Whatever the pace, Berman addresses each one with the same respect and admiration he has for their composer. His clean sounding guitar, without heavy chordal work, shows classical antecedents, much in the manner of Joe Pass. The good work and affinity for the music notwithstanding, this album will likely be limited to those who are devotees of the guitar and/or dedicated fans of Alan Broadbent. Perhaps for his next album, this fine guitarist will select a more varied program and in doing so, expand his listener base.
Track Listing: This One's for Bud; Better Days; Every Time I Think of You; Waiting for Charlie; Don't Ask Why; Song of Home; Another Time; The Long Goodbye; Ode to the Road; Away from You; Continuity; Away from You
Personnel: Ron Berman - Guitar
Record Label: Astron Records