By: Carol Banks Weber AXS Contributor Aug 26, 2014
It’s important to note that virtuoso Chicago jazz guitarist Bobby Broom did not want to make a typical standard cover album in the August 19th release from Origin Records, My Shining Hour.
His previous release, the broad-reaching 2012 Upper West Side Story contains all original, deeply personalized musical accounts of life growing up in New York City. On the strength of that album and a sterling history of recognizably original music, DownBeat editors picked Broom out of thousands recently as a top guitarist in the Critics Poll, his third time.
For My Shining Hour, Broom brought in…
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“Versatility … a sign of broad strokes of musical understanding, a quiver full of many stylistic arrows. That’s exactly what my guest this morning has. Bobby Broom has carved out a career that’s firmly placed him in several musical worlds, with Jazz as his home. He’s worked with Sonny Rollins, Art Blakey, Miles Davis, Dr. John, Ron Carter, Ramsey Lewis and many more. He reinvented pop and soul music of the 60s and 70s; transformed the hits of Stevie Wonder; he reinterpreted the music of Thelonious Monk; and established himself as an accomplished song writer. It’s his versatility and mainstream appeal that brought him together with Steely Dan on several tours, including the one that brings them to the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts this Saturday and Sunday. I’m delighted to welcome to the show, Bobby Broom.”
Listen to the interview:
A snippet from our sound check in Madison, WI. prior to opening for Steely Dan’s Jamalot Ever After Tour date at Overture Hall…
JazzWeek announced for the week of August 18th that Bobby Broom’s new album, “My Shining Hour” with Makaya McCraven on drums and Dennis Carroll on bass, was the biggest gainer (+70) for the week AND was the #1 most added for the second week in a row!
Check out the latest from the Bobby Broom Organi-Sation as they trek across North America, opening for Steely Dan’s Jamalot Ever After tour. This from David Oppenheimer of PerformanceImpressions.com at the Biltmore Estate show. Read More