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Album Review

Bobby Broom: Keyed Up

Read "Keyed Up" reviewed by Jack Bowers

On his latest album, Keyed Up, the well-traveled and well-respected guitarist Bobby Broom pays tribute to pianists “who have been an important part of [his] musical life." As he writes, ..."many great pianists who didn't need to include my six-string version of what they could already do harmonically and melodically saw fit to include me. Perhaps, among other things, this is my way of saying 'thank you' to them." Another way to thank them may have been ...


Multiple Reviews

Bobby Broom And Bobby Watson: Tried And True

Read "Bobby Broom And Bobby Watson: Tried And True" reviewed by Doug Collette

The conventions of traditional jazz can provide a refreshing simplicity. If proffered with sufficient panache and ingenuity, the music transcends its superficial stylistic principles and tenders what amounts to a reboot of the psyche. So it is with Bobby Broom's Keyed Up and Bobby Watson's Back Home In Kansas City; with both of these albums, the artists draw on their own history and by extension, that of jazz at large, using their cumulative knowledge and technical expertise to formulate long-players ...


Radio & Podcasts

Bobby Broom, Adi Meyerson & More

Read "Bobby Broom, Adi Meyerson & More" reviewed by Joe Dimino

The great New York-born, Chicago-based jazz guitarist Bobby Broom starts this week's episode of Neon Jazz with a tasty cut off his new CD Soul Fingers. As the hour moves forward, we focus on a musician that has played a great influence on Bobby, Walter Bishop Jr., and music from modern bassist Alexander Claffy. There is plenty more as this hour moves forward. We take a look into the world of Adi Meyerson on the bass and ...


Album Review

Bobby Broom: Soul Fingers

Read "Soul Fingers" reviewed by Jim Trageser

A thematic sequel to his 2007 release, Song and Dance, Bobby Broom's Soul Fingers is a deep-pile take on late 1960s--early 1970s pop, with Broom in his best Wes Montgomery vein, giving new soul-jazz life to one-time chart hits. And yet, it's also a break from Song and Dance because Broom has changed his backing combo since then and now fronts a guitar-organ-drum trio. The deep soul-jazz groove and Ben Paterson's Hammond B-3 mean that there is a ...


Catching Up With

Bobby Broom: Classic Compositions from Yesterday to Today

Read "Bobby Broom: Classic Compositions from Yesterday to Today" reviewed by Corey Hall

What would your sensibilities say if an established jazz guitarist, supported by organ and drums, reinterpreted Seals and Crofts' “Summer Breeze," the Beatles' “Come Together," and Steely Dan's “Do It Again"? Perhaps you have heard this guitarist before with Sonny Rollins or Stanley Turrentine; maybe you heard the album where his guitar-acoustic bass-drums trio performed all Monk tunes. And now you see him leading the Organi-Sation, featuring organist Ben Paterson and drummer Kobie Watkins This ensemble's debut recording, ...


Album Review

Bobby Broom: My Shining Hour

Read "My Shining Hour" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Chicago-based guitarist Bobby Broom's Shining Hour encompasses nearly an hour of “Sweet and Lovely" trio jazz, showcasing seven memorable tunes from the Great American Songbook complemented by pair of three-steps, Fats Waller's “Jitterbug Waltz" and the Patti Page evergreen, “Tennessee Waltz." Besides the songs mentioned above, Broom's working trio (bassist Dennis Carroll, drummer Makaya McCraven) wend their way through “My Ideal," “Just One of Those Things," “Sweet Georgia Brown," “Oh, Lady Be Good" and “The Heather on ...



Bobby Broom: Building a Legacy

Read "Bobby Broom: Building a Legacy" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

Guitarist Bobby Broom had a feel for music at a very young age. He was exposed first to clarinet and violin as a child, but they didn't have an impact on him. Eventually, an old guitar came through the household. It had four strings across an instrument with a small neck.“I didn't know it was a descendent of the banjo," Broom recalls. “I found out later it was a tenor guitar. I still have it. I didn't do ...


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