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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 the broader entertainment industry. This is his tenth trio recording. He continues to perform in and around L.A. and to share the passion with old friends. At Kikuya in Huntington Beach a few years ago, he performed “Baubles, Bangles and Beads” with bassist Putter Smith and drummer Paul Kreibich. The fluid emotion and close-your-eyes sensations that the three shared with their audience probed deeply into the soul.
Now, with Brian Bromberg and Joe La Barbera, the pianist interprets this standard Great American Songbook tune once again on You And The Night And The Music. Broadbent’s naturally aligned harmonies, crisp attacks and delicate lyricism give the listener a serenade for celebration. Bromberg interprets with stalwart ensemble cohesiveness and a lyrical solo ride. Floating, as if suspended in the center of one of the cozy nightclubs somewhere in your own hometown, the pianist and his partners stimulate your senses with a prescription for happiness.
Mellow and filled with pleasant harmonic concepts, the album presents seven standards with emotions bared and directions running free. Broadbent closes his eyes and lets the music flow; what happens just happens. Spontaneous melodies flow across his dimly lit performance area. Bass and drums understand fully. The pianist works up a sweat, and his concentration allows him to continue unabated. “What’s New” features a gradual climb by the pianist onto hallowed ground. When he pushes his fiery cadenza to the limit, he relents and chooses to close the piece with a humorous quote. Always one to relate to his audience on a personal level, Alan Broadbent interprets standards that take the listener on a vacation through inner space.
Track Listing: You and the Night and the Music; I Wish I Knew; With the Wind and the Rain in her Hair; Baubles, Bangles, and Beads; Ceora; What
Personnel: Alan Broadbent- piano; Brian Bromberg- bass; Joe La Barbera- drums.
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