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CHICAGO (12.03.14) – Audiophile Ezine “SomeThing Else!” released Jazz critic Preston Frazier’s list of the top Jazz and Fusion Jazz albums of 2014. Number one? Bobby Broom’s “My Shining Hour” (ORIGIN, 2014).
“My Shining Hour is simply unforgettable. Put on the title track or the brilliantly vibrant Cole Porter classic “Just One Of Those Things,” and you’ll instantly know what I mean. For a man who has consistently made stellar records, this one stands out. Lucky for me, I found my CD.” – Preston Frazier
Check out the rest of the Top 10 and his review here.
Review: Bobby Broom has ‘Shining Hour’ at Jazz Showcase
By Howard Reich
Chicago guitarist Bobby Broom chose well in naming his most recent album “My Shining Hour,” for this year has amounted to a glowing passage in his career.
The recording has won richly deserved critical praise and listener popularity, but that’s just part of what has been happening with Broom. He reached a wide audience over the summer opening for Steely Dan across the country, and he headlined on the main stage of the Chicago Jazz Festival, the Pritzker Pavilion.
As if to reach for one more triumph before 2014…
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Jazz guitarist Bobby Broom is deeply honored that his album, “#MyShiningHour,” has been included in the first round of consideration of the 2015 GRAMMY® Awards by the members of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS). The album features The Bobby Broom Trio, with Dennis Carroll on bass and Makaya McCraven on drums.
Members can listen to the album on Spotify:http://open.spotify.com/album/3pfMOuvQVekTbTwSEzo7nR
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Guitarist Bobby Broom is featured in an upcoming documentary, “55 Grand, The Movie,” about the notorious, 1980s NYC, jazz-fusion haunt. Here is The Bobby Broom Organi-Sation performing “House of the Rising Sun” from a sound-check before opening for Steely Dan during the Jamalot Ever After North American tour this summer. Ben Paterson on the organ; Makaya McCraven on drums.
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CHICAGO (IL) – 11.03.14 – Bobby Broom’s “My Shining Hour” (MSH) (Origin, 2014) featuring The Bobby Broom Trio, which includes Broom, bassist Dennis Caroll, and drummer Makaya McCraven, was named the #1 Album of 2014 by the Jazz Blog Jazzploration! The song “Sweet and Lovely” was the #7 song of 2014.
Record Collector News released a review of MSH at the end of October. “[W]hat is likely to be the most satisfying album you will hear this year,” said RCN’s Armand Lewis.
The album dipped to #15 for the week of November 3rd, 2014, after rising up to #9 last week from #19 the previous week on the JazzWeek charts.
“My Shining Hour” is available at all major record retailers, at iTunes and Amazon.com.
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 “My Shining Hour” remains in the JazzWeek Top 10 for another week, at #3 this week!
Jazz guitarist Bobby Broom‘s 11th album, “My Shining Hour,” is now the #5 Jazz album in America, according to JazzWeek.
The album, which features Broom and The Bobby Broom Trio, which includes Dennis Carroll on bass and Makaya McCraven on drums, debuted three weeks ago on the JazzWeek Chart at #41, moved up to #22 last week, and is now at #5 in the September 1st release of the JazzWeek Rankings.
“Seeing this kind of chart activity is thrilling for me because it means my music is reaching the people,” said Broom. “Thanks so much to all the Program Directors, DJs and listeners.”
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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…