(Bobby Broom’s) trio can be compared with Sonny Rollins’ and the classic John Coltrane Quartet. – JazzTimes
Upper West Side Story
Bobby on “Upper West Side Story”
“After many years of recording other people’s music, whether pop songs or jazz, I finally decided to release a record of entirely my own compositions. This record offers a pretty intimate look into my musical personality and the trio’s group chemistry. While the tunes represent a wide spectrum of stylistic influences, they always stay deeply true to jazz’s traditions.”
Hear more from Bobby in the video about the album…
About the Album
After 30 years of critically acclaimed recordings of the work of Jazz’ top composers and work as a sideman with Jazz legends like Sonny Rollins, master guitarist Bobby Broom released the critically acclaimed “Upper West Side Story” in 2012, his first recording of entirely original compositions.
Included is the first studio recording of Broom’s “D’s Blues,” a song which has been a hit on web video for several years.
|Bobby’s trio features three other top Jazz artists,
bassist Dennis Carroll, drummer Kobie Watkins (1-3,6,8,9) Tracks
and drummer Makaya McCraven (Tracks 4,5,7)
|Where did this album peak on the charts?|
“Upper West Side Story” was the #100 album of the JazzWeek top 100 for 2012.
What the Critics Say
“Upper West Side Story is a spectacular album” – Jon Ross, Downbeat
His first album made up entirely of original compositions, “Upper West Side Story” (Origin Records), won richly deserved critical accolades and considerable airplay, while helping buoy him onto the DownBeat Critics Poll. – Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune
“One of the top guitarists of his generation, Bobby Broom’s preferred setting is a small group, while he excels in the demanding trio setting” – Ken Dryden, AllMusic
[A] lyrical highpoint of Broom’s most fully realized outing to date – Bill Milkowski, JazzTimes
“‘Upper West Side Story’, is a real listening pleasure… Bobby Broom’s new project is more than just a guitar trio record. It’s a really intriguing collection of tunes and excellent performances.” – Jazztruth
An artistic self portrait? In a sense…A 5 Star six string stellar release? No doubt! – CriticalJazz.com
More reviews can be found at Origin Records’ page for the album.
What the Fans Say
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Album & Tracks
|Upper West Side Story|
|Minor Major Mishap|
|Call Me a Cab|