By Armand Lewis

When people listen to records, they think they are hearing just that — a documentation of an actual performance. But this has not really been the case with most popular music since the 1960s. With the advent of multi-track tape and certainly now with digital file-based recording, editing and mixing, musicians are generally recorded one at a time in isolation, building up instruments and vocals like layers of sounds to be edited, mixed and equalized to create a smooth, polished presentation. This recording process is more akin to the post-production of films than the documentation of a musical performance.

Yet today’s musicians…

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Bobby Broom’s hit release, “My Shining Hour” climbed up to #9 for the week of 10.27. 14, according to JazzWeek, which surveys North America’s jazz radio stations. The album is up 10 into the Top 10 again, after having dropped out for the first time in over a month to 19 last week. “My Shining Hour,” a Renaissance album of tunes from The Great American Songbook, has spent seven of its 10 weeks in the top 10, with two weeks at #3.

The recording was done using old-school recording techniques and laid down on to eight track tape. Bassist Dennis Carroll and drummer Makaya McCraven contribute to The Bobby Broom Trio’s recording in a smooth, and seamless whole.

The trio will be playing music from the album at The Jazz Showcase in Chicago at 8p. & 10p. November 14-16, with a 4:00p. early show on Sunday the 16th.


INDIANAPOLIS (IN) – The Bobby Broom Trio will be appearing at The Jazz Kitchen on Saturday, October 18th for two shows at 7:30p & 9:30p.  Broom has had a great 2014. He earned his third DownBeat Critics Poll nod as one of the top Jazz guitarists in the world in a row in June. In July he launched into a 52 city tour of North America, opening for the Steely Dan Jamalot Ever After Tour with the Bobby Broom Organi-Sation, his organ trio featuring Ben Paterson on organ, Makaya McCraven or Kobie Watkins on drums.  In August, he released “My Shining Hour” (ORIGIN, 2014),  featuring The Bobby Broom Trio (Broom with Dennis Carroll on bass and Makaya McCraven on drums), which debuted at 41 on the JazzWeek chart, sold out all of its first run of CDs within the first nine days, and soared up to #5.  Currently the album  has been at #3 for the last two weeks, and has spent six of its eight weeks in the JazzWeek Top 10.

As the Fall leaves drop, Broom heads into the Midwest with his primary group, The Bobby Broom Trio. Audiences in Indy who missed his opening act for Steely Dan will be lucky enough to catch him this time at The Jazz Kitchen. Tickets are $15.00. Shows at 7:30p & 9:30p.

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EVANSTON (IL) – “My Shining Hour,” the hit album by Jazz guitarist Bobby Broom and the Bobby Broom Trio, zoomed to #3 on this week’s JazzWeek chart of the top 50 albums in the U.S. and Canada.

The songs on the album are all very fresh takes on classics whose names may be shopworn, like “Sweet Georgia Brown,” but, in the thoughtful and thought-provoking hands of a guitarist of the caliber of Bobby Broom, they develop a new look in a brighter light.

The album debuted at #41. The CD, which had been on pre-sale, sold out at most of the major outlets within 9 days. MSH climbed to #22 in the second week, then zoomed up the charts to #5, where it remained for a second week. Last week it dropped a touch to #6, then on the current week, it soared up to the top three.

“I love the energy behind this new CD!” Broom said. “My sincere thanks to Jazz radio in the US and Canada.”