All About Jazz

Home » Articles » CD/LP/Track Review

Dear All About Jazz Readers,

If you're familiar with All About Jazz, you know that we've dedicated over two decades to supporting jazz as an art form, and more importantly, the creative musicians who make it. Our enduring commitment has made All About Jazz one of the most culturally important websites of its kind in the world reaching hundreds of thousands of readers every month. However, to expand our offerings and develop new means to foster jazz discovery we need your help.

You can become a sustaining member for a modest $20 and in return, we'll immediately hide those pesky Google ads PLUS deliver exclusive content and provide access to future articles for a full year! This combination will not only improve your AAJ experience, it will allow us to continue to rigorously build on the great work we first started in 1995. Read on to view our project ideas...

312

Brian Bromberg: Wood II

Franz A. Matzner By

Sign in to view read count
Brian Bromberg's extraordinary new release is a jazz album cured of the blues. Devoid of deep suffering pools, spare introspective valleys or convoluted mazes of cerebration, the mostly trio Wood II looks out over a vista of pure musical enjoyment seen from peaks of virtuosic playfulness.

Listening to Bromberg take apart and reconstruct such staples as "Caravan, "Blue Bossa and "Bolivia is like watching a child diving into a birthday cake. He consumes these tunes with wild abandon, totally engaged in the musical moment and the fun of being the center of attention. Even tunes like "Witch Hunt and "Butterfly, which come the closest to sliding into a bluesy arena in a formal sense, remain so buoyed by Bromberg's funky lines and bright popping solos that any latent melancholy hidden in the tunes ends up completely inoculated.

As satisfying as they are, Bromberg's exuberant explorations of the jazz terrain may not be the most enticing aspects of the album. Some of the best pieces are Bromberg's treatment of other genres, including a solo cover of Kansas's "Carry on My Wayward Son, an extravagant rendition of Earth, Wind and Fire's "Shining Star, on which Bromberg contributes three overdubbed bass tracks, and an unadorned solo version of Paul McCartney's simple tune "Let 'Em In. In fact, the whole album can be seen as a path between those two tunes. On the one extreme, Bromberg gives us a rambunctious romp celebrating the far reaches of bass expression, and on the other end of the spectrum, he offers a pared-down and beautifully delivered exercise in simplicity.

And what makes the whole album work so well is that at both extremes, Bromberg seems to be musically grinning, imbuing every moment with a giant shout of joy.

Track Listing: Caravan; Bolivia; Blue Bossa; Witch Hunt; A Love Affair; Butterfly; Shining Star; I'll Remember April; Pensativa; Carry On Wayward Son; The Four Brothers; Let 'Em In.

Personnel: Brian Bromberg: bass; Randy Waldman: piano; Vinnie Colaiuta: drums.

Title: Wood II | Year Released: 2006 | Record Label: Artistry Music

Tags

comments powered by Disqus

CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles
Thicker Than Water

Thicker Than Water

Mack Avenue Records
2018

buy
Brian Bromberg

Brian Bromberg

Mack Avenue Records
2016

buy
Compared to That

Compared to That

Mack Avenue Records
2012

buy
 

Plays Jimi Hendrix

Zebra Records
2010

buy
Downright Upright

Downright Upright

Artistry Music
2007

buy

Related Articles

Read Paul Heller Meets Roman Schwaller CD/LP/Track Review
Paul Heller Meets Roman Schwaller
by Jack Bowers
Published: September 18, 2018
Read Change In The Air CD/LP/Track Review
Change In The Air
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: September 18, 2018
Read Vera CD/LP/Track Review
Vera
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: September 18, 2018
Read In Motion CD/LP/Track Review
In Motion
by Roger Farbey
Published: September 18, 2018
Read Marshian Time Slip CD/LP/Track Review
Marshian Time Slip
by Bruce Lindsay
Published: September 18, 2018
Read Four On The Road CD/LP/Track Review
Four On The Road
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: September 17, 2018
Read "Undercurrent - Live at Theater Gutersloh" CD/LP/Track Review Undercurrent - Live at Theater Gutersloh
by Ian Patterson
Published: June 24, 2018
Read "I Speilvendthet" CD/LP/Track Review I Speilvendthet
by Glenn Astarita
Published: December 9, 2017
Read "Live at Pyatt Hall" CD/LP/Track Review Live at Pyatt Hall
by Jack Bowers
Published: January 23, 2018
Read "Meeting of Minds" CD/LP/Track Review Meeting of Minds
by Jack Bowers
Published: June 26, 2018
Read "The Spirit Of Trane" CD/LP/Track Review The Spirit Of Trane
by Roger Farbey
Published: October 4, 2017
Read "Never Bet The Devil Your Head" CD/LP/Track Review Never Bet The Devil Your Head
by Mike Jurkovic
Published: April 9, 2018