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With a fusion-for-today mindset, savvy tech work and some imagination, New York guitarist Jack Broad amps up the cool factor on Current. This debut goes beyond the usual fretboard pyrotechnics as Broad puts on a one-man show, not only laying down heated guitar licks but also writing, programming and delivering everything into the final product.
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.
I love jazz because with it I found my true voice. I have always sung since I was a very small child in school and church. And there have been many genre that I have enjoyed including spiritual, folk, country, latin, soca and pop
I love jazz because with it I found my true voice. I have always sung since I was a very small child in school and church. And there have been many genre that I have enjoyed including spiritual, folk, country, latin, soca and pop. But nothing has touched my artistic sensiblities like JAZZ! Two years ago I moved to Sarasota, FL where I renewed my focus on my singing career and I was so impressed with the quality, quantity and generousity of talented jazz musicains in the Suncoast area. I soon partnered with piano legend Billy Marcus and his trio with Don Mopsick and Stephen Bucholtz. What a blast working with these guys and having them back me up on my first jaz album, Here's To You... which was just released on October 1st. I can't wait to see where the coming year brings me! Check out syniacarrolljazz.com