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Alan Broadbent And NDR Bigband: America The Beautiful

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Being a part of the big band sound was an experience pianist Alan Broadbent embraced, endured and eventually, wanted to step away from. Orchestra music--comprised of boisterous reeds and brass sections--were far too loud and too big drowning out the finesse sounds of the acoustic piano. When Broadbent left the Woody Herman Big Band in 1972, he said good bye to the ensemble sound, so he thought. After receiving a commission for a radio program with the renowned NDR Big Band (The Hamburg Radio Jazz Orchestra), the pianist accepted the opportunity to adapt his music to large orchestrations and to ...

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Alan Broadbent And NDR Bigband: America The Beautiful

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In the brief liner essay that accompanies America The Beautiful, pianist Alan Broadbent notes that he has “an aversion to being clever," but the rest of the music world never received that memo. Everybody from Irene Kral to Diana Krall and Charlie Haden to Charlie Rich has benefited from his brilliance with a pen and/or a piano. Now Broadbent gets a chance to live within his own well-written constructs. America The Beautiful finds Broadbent in the company of Hamburg's NDR Bigband, revisiting a world that he thought he'd left for good when he left the employ of ...

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Alan Broadbent: Heart To Heart

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Pianist Alan Broadbent can't be accused of rushing to release his second solo piano album; Heart To Heart comes more than two decades after Broadbent initially took the solo plunge with Live At Maybeck Recital Hall, Volume 14 (Concord, 1991), but it was worth the wait. While only Broadbent knows the exact reason for waiting so long to return to this format, it's safe to assume that it has something to do with his in-demand status in so many other musical arenas. Much of his work has been dedicated to the art of the trio, supportive sideman ...

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Alan Broadbent Trio: Live At Giannelli Square: Vol. 2

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Promise of more to come came with the numerical tag at the end of pianist Alan Broadbent's superb Live At Giannelli Square: Vol. 1 (Chilly Bin, 2010); two years later, he's made good on that promise. Live At Giannelli Square: Vol. 2, recorded as its predecessor was just seeing release, finds Broadbent and his brilliantly understated trio mates back at the same San Fernando Valley venue, making magic in their own sweet way. The class, charm and musical savoir-faire that were ever-present on the first album, and virtually every recording Broadbent has made under his name in ...

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Alan Broadbent Trio: New York, NY, September 24, 2011

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Alan Broadbent TrioKitanoNew York, NYSeptember 24, 2011 Park Avenue's Kitano briefly seemed like Bradley's in its heyday, as piano jazz royalty like Fred Hersch, Bill Mays and Andy Bey converged on a single location to take in the sounds of one of their own. While Alan Broadbent is rightly hailed as one of the best arrangers in the business, praised for his work with Woody Herman in the '70s, and recognized for his contributions to Charlie Haden's Quartet West, his own body of work rarely seems to get the attention it deserves. His albums ...

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Alan Broadbent: Every Time I Think of You

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The frequent marriage of jazz music with strings has produced matches made in heaven on landmark recordings such as the Charlie Parker's classic With Strings (Verve, 1995/1949-1952) and Greg Osby's recent progressive Symbols of Light (A Solution) (Blue Note, 2002). With any union there's always the potential for things to turn sour, but in the case of Every Time I Think of You, the results are pure bliss. Born in New Zealand and currently living Los Angeles, pianist/composer Alan Broadbent has won numerous music awards, including Grammies for arranging the pop hit “When I Fall In Love ...

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Alan Broadbent: Every Time I Think of You

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Working with the Tokyo Strings, pianist Alan Broadbent interprets a program of familiar songs and original works on Every Time I Think of You. Bassist Brian Bromberg and drummer Kendall Kay, longtime associates of the pianist, lend a heartfelt quality to this relaxed affair as the music drives on slowly and meaningfully. Broadbent chooses a somber mood for the album, which adopts romanticism as its theme.

Broadbent's “Nirvana Blues stands out for the touch of drama that the composer adds for flavor. As comfortable as the rest of the album's selections, this one contains much more. Bromberg solos ...

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Alan Broadbent: 'Round Midnight

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Alan Broadbent is well known for his work as an arranger and accompanist, though the pianist's recordings as a leader best showcase his immense talent. He now lives in Southern California and plays on occasion in Los Angeles. Broadbent's first studio date for Artistry Music, with strong support from bassist Brian Bromberg and drummer Joe LaBarbera, has earned him a Grammy nomination (this same trio will soon release another disc, with strings, on the same label). The music includes standards, tried-and-true jazz compositions and originals, yet without a pre-planned approach to any of the selections.

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Alan Broadbent: Round Midnight

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With so many musical directions going on throughout Alan Broadbent's career from day to day, it's good that he always finds time for creative sessions with his straight-ahead trio. Over the years, each of his trio recordings has given us a memorable performance, while his nightclub sessions leave everyone in the room with musical souvenirs to carry around inside for months at a time. You don't forget the kind of swinging quality that Broadbent brings to the forum.

As its title suggests, 'Round Midnight provides a taste of the mood that this pianist's trio engagements offer the Los ...

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Lee Konitz with Alan Broadbent: More Live-Lee

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Tristano disciples Lee Konitz and Alan Broadbent paired together back in 2000 at the Jazz Bakery for two nights of improvisational wizardry. Their first release, Live-Lee, was of such high quality that the remaining tracks have been assembled on the encore release. If anyone knows anything about these two souls, there is no such thing as a “leftover" performance; each song has here has the same merits and magic as the initial Live-Lee.

Broadbent and Konitz paint quite the picture as they cruise around and under the melody. Broadbent, with his spacious support, lays a gentle foundation for Konitz' airy ...

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Alan Broadbent: You And The Night And The Music

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Alan Broadbent joins an esteemed group of jazz pianists—Bill Charlap, Brad Mehldau, Bill Cunliffe, and Don Friedman, to name just a few—who critics, at one time or another, have anointed the next Bill Evans. It’s a curse and a compliment, much like an athlete making the cover of Sports Illustrated and having to live up to all the hype. Does the world really need a Bill Evans clone?

Yet it’s easy to draw similarities between Alan Broadbent’s style of play on his trio albums and Bill Evans' own personal touch. Each has a unique rhythmic sense that makes ...

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Alan Broadbent: You And The Night And The Music

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A big-band arranger with two Grammy nominations to his name, Alan Broadbent has simultaneously maintained successful recording careers as arranger, pianist, and bandleader. A staunch advocate of the trio, Broadbent adds his latest release, You And The Night And The Music, to nine previous recordings in that format. Featuring veteran drummer Joe Labarbera and bassist Brian Bromberg, the current Broadbent trio presents polished, consistently well-executed versions of seven standards, capturing with dedicated élan the classic rhythms and tone of the trio’s past. In fact, Broadbent’s delivery is so steeped in nostalgia that the trio’s improvisations take on an almost hermetically ...

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Alan Broadbent: You And The Night And The Music

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You and The Night And The Music marks pianist Alan Broadbent’s A440 debut and his first trio outing (under his own name) since Personal Standards (Concord, 1997). Six years is a long time by any standard, but You and The Night And The Music proves itself worth the wait. Mr. Broadbent is a class act and this recording readily separates itself from lesser successful outings because of this class.

Alan Broadbent is a New Zealander thoroughly familiar with the art of Bill Evans, Wynton Kelly and Tommy Flanagan. He is a superb interpreter of ballads, which he demonstrates ...

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Alan Broadbent: You And The Night And The Music

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When Alan Broadbent first started out, he was playing six nights a week in Boston with a trio. The nightclub format offered him a chance to develop his ideas and test them out before a live audience. Then came stints with Woody Herman, Nelson Riddle, and other collaborations on the West Coast. Maybeck Recital Hall, Grammy awards, Charlie Haden’s Quartet West, Natalie Cole, Sheila Jordan and Diana Krall have all become a part of his everyday working vocabulary.

The small group jazz format remains quite familiar to Broadbent, in spite of his rigorous schedule and extended commitment to ...



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