What a pleasure to ponder another visit from a true GREAT in the multi-layered world of Jazz. Brian Bromberg has thrilled us for years with his overwhelming joy in creating fresh music. More than mostly anyone THIS host knows, Brian has completely re-written the book regarding what one is "supposed" to do with one's career. As he has said, "There are no rules - just dreams."
Wow - has this man dreamed BIG! From his roots in Tucson where music flourished in his home, Brian learned to play drums. As a baby :) He couldn't help it. Dad and his brother were playing and Brian didn't want to be left out! And he turned PRO at 13. In Junior High, he was also playing cello. But the orchestra director persuaded Brian to tackle the bass instead. How many times have we heard this? An intuitive mentor suggesting an instrument that changed an artist's life - how fabulous THIS suggestion was for our guest!
In his teen years, this genius (there, I said it) practiced until his fingers must have bled. In 1979, he got the first break of his long journey that changed everything. Marc Johnson, who played with Bill Evans, heard Brian play. Marc then recommended Brian to Stan Getz. And Stan hired Brian. At age 19.
Holy Cannoli - has there been musicality oozing out of every pore since then! The Great Bromberg has played with hundreds of stars because they recognized the star in HIM. He has written, re-written, rearranged, produced, thought out of the box, conjured a NEW box, and devised a prototype box for everyone ELSE to follow :) From his first album in 1986 to movie soundtracks to a breathtaking array of ideas for projects that simply blow everyone else AWAY.
Let us honor "Thicker Than Water", Brian's latest - and many say GREATEST work.
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