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 ...read more
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 ...read more
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 ...read more
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 ...read more
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 ...read more
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 ...read more
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 ...read more
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