Upper West Side Story Review (2012) – Jazz Truth

by George Colligan

I am constantly being made aware of the major holes in my knowledge: I’m pretty ignorant about opera, I haven’t seen “Predator”, and I couldn’t explain the Bosnian War if you offered me a million dollars. And also I’ve decided that I’m not as up on the great jazz guitarists as I should be. I’ve only recently been digging Charlie Christian, and I saw Pat Martino live two summers ago. I know a little about Wes Montgomery, Metheny, Scofield, Holdsworth, Grant Green, George Benson, Mike Stern, Wayne Krantz, Russell Malone, Kevin Eubanks, Emily Remler, Stanley Jordan, Joe Pass, just off the top of my head. I’ve played in the past with with David Gilmore, Tom Guarna, Kurt Rosenwinkle, Adam Rogers, Marvin Sewell, David Fiuczynski, Jerome Harris, Robben Ford, Cheryl Bailey, Paul Bollenback, Nathan Page, Oz Noy, Sebastian Noelle, Mark Whitfield, just to name a few(not to leave out Portland’s Dan Balmer and J.B. Butler). That’s why I feel like I should have been more familiar with the outstanding guitarist Bobby Broom. His new CD, ” Upper West Side Story”, is a real listening pleasure…

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