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Brian Bromberg

A very versatile acoustic and electric bassist capable of playing straight-ahead jazz, funk, and fusion, Brian Bromberg is also one of the few bassists to master the tapping technique made famous by Stanley Jordan, sometimes sounding like three bassists at once during his often-thunderous solos. Although he was a drummer at the age of 13, the following year Bromberg started classical lessons on bass. He developed quickly and by the time he was 19, he was part of Stan Getz's group. Bromberg has been a valuable sidemen with many bands since including those led by Horace Silver, Monty Alexander, Dizzy Gillespie, Richie Cole, Lee Ritenour, Dave Grusin, and Freddie Hubbard. He recorded his first album as a leader in 1986 (A New Day for the Black Hawk label) and has since led sessions for Intima and Nova. Into the next century, Brian Bromberg remained one of the most underrated bassists in jazz. That would change. Bromberg's initial albums as a leader were smooth jazz affairs, including 1986's A New Day, 1988's Basses Loaded, and 1989's Magic Rain, but he switched gears for 1991's It's About Time: The Acoustic Project, a more mainstream acoustic jazz record. The next release, though, 1993's self-titled Brian Bromberg, saw him return again to the smooth jazz feel of his earlier albums. Signing with Zebra Records, Bromberg released 1998's You Know That Feeling, which featured Rick Braun, Joe Sample, Jeff Lorber, Everette Harp, and other notables from the smooth jazz genre. Bromberg next went back to straight jazz for 2002's Wood, followed by a tribute to bassist Jaco Pastorius -- simply titled Jaco -- a short time later in 2003. A sequel to Wood, Wood II, appeared in 2005, and Bromberg had clearly moved out of the box of his smooth jazz phase, particularly with the rapid-fire, amazing bass solos that made up Metal, which appeared later in 2005. He also became a highly sought after record producer, with several charting projects in his résumé. Continually stretching himself on bass, Bromberg moved farther outside of the box with 2009's It Is What It Is. The following year, he paid tribute to guitar legend Jimi Hendrix with Bromberg Plays Hendrix. He then gathered an all-star cast of musicians, including Alex Acuña, Randy Brecker, George Duke, Béla Fleck for 2012's Compared to That. Taking time out from his solo work, Bromberg appeared on albums by Till Brönner, Andrea Bocelli, Andreas Varady, and others. In 2016, he returned with Full Circle, which included guest appearances from Arturo Sandoval, Kirk Whalum, and others. ~ Scott Yanow & Steve Leggett
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Stations Featuring
Brian Bromberg

    Jazz Mix

    Jazz Mix
    3 songs

    Brazilian Music

    Brazilian Music
    3 songs

    Modern Jazz

    Modern Jazz
    4 songs

    Smooth Jazz

    Smooth Jazz
    1 song

Albums by
Brian Bromberg

Top Songs by
Brian Bromberg

  1.   Song
  2.   Saul Goode
  3.   Cantaloupe Island
  4.   Saturday Night in the Village
  5.   Compared to That
  6.   Ellen
  7.   Butterfly
  8.   I'm Just Sayin'
  9.   Mercy Mercy Mercy
  10.   September
  11.   Full Circle
  12.   Little Tune
  13.   Cold Duck Time
  14.   Echoes
  15.   Isn't It Beautiful?
  16.   Nananananana
  17.   All Along the Watchtower
  18.   Excuse Me?
  19.   Hey Joe
  20.   Slap Happy
  21.   Love Shack
  22.   Joe Cool
  23.   Fire
  24.   A Love Affair
  25.   Buddha Belly
  26.   The Gnocchi (Ne-O-Ki) Man
  27.   Shag Carpet
  28.   One Note Samba
  29.   Manic Depression
  30.   Wave
  31.   Talia
  32.   Serengeti Walk
  33.   Spanish Castle Magic
  34.   The Wind Cries Mary
  35.   Mr. Miller
  36.   Slow Burn
  37.   The Hacha Cha Cha
  38.   The Dungeon
  39.   Heaven
  40.   Sanford and Son
  41.   Ray of Sunshine
  42.   Life
  43.   Freedom
  44.   The Anticipation
  45.   From Dust to Dessert
  46.   The Mirror
  47.   Triste/Desafinado
  48.   Chameleon
  49.   Leisure Suit
  50.   If I Should Lose You
  51.   Yes or No
  52.   I Fell Asleep a Child and Woke up a Man
  53.   Waltz for Daphne
  54.   It Is What It Is
  55.   Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?
  56.   You Know That Feeling
  57.   Human
  58.   Through the Window
  59.   Let 'Em In