A Review of Brian Bromberg’s New CD, “Thicker Than Water”…
It has been a while since I have had a chance to write an album review, but when I got Brian Bromberg’s “Thicker Than Water” I was motivated on the spot… and here I am writing.
Every time I have listened to Brian’s bass playing in the past, I have been blown away, this time even more so. This CD has a lot going for it, but the Funk simply made my upper lip curl while I listened. Check out this first track, “Is That the Best You Can Do?”
Brian brought out no less than eleven basses to record this CD.
He handpicked each one for the specific voice he wanted to have on each song. Rapid fire slapping, clear and precise solo licks and a very prominent bass presence in the mix are just some of the qualities I enjoyed the most. I did notice that there were no guitars used in this project but they were not missed, as the piccolo bass did that job perfectly!
Even though there are a few tracks with Brian by himself on either electric or upright, I must applaud his choices in supporting musicians for this project, as they are excellent!
Tight horns, sweet sexy sax work, energetic percussion, precise and supportive keys and masterful writing & arrangements really bring this album to life. It is superb music for bass fans and the general public as well.
“Thicker Than Water” is a must hear! You get thirteen tracks of musical excellence and it is a recording that I am eager to share with my friends and family, perhaps over a cold glass of Vino Verde!
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