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It Is What It Is
     

It Is What It Is

by Brian Bromberg
 
Brian Bromberg's fourth recording for the Artistry label, and first since they were acquired by the Mack Avenue label, is a fairly predictable program of contemporary jazz, commercial funk, and pop song covers, as well as uptown New York City R&B-type dance tunes that should appeal to the urban crowd. His prominent electric bass guitar always has a retro feel going

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Brian Bromberg's fourth recording for the Artistry label, and first since they were acquired by the Mack Avenue label, is a fairly predictable program of contemporary jazz, commercial funk, and pop song covers, as well as uptown New York City R&B-type dance tunes that should appeal to the urban crowd. His prominent electric bass guitar always has a retro feel going back to Ralphe Armstrong, Marcus Miller, Stanley Clarke, Larry Graham, and James Jamerson, but retains a current-day feel that is still relevant, remaining skilled and precise as any bassist currently playing the amplified instrument. Many of these tracks include a horn section featuring Randy Brecker, Eric Marienthal, Gerald Albright, and Rick Braun, while keyboardists George Duke, Patrice Rushen, and Jeff Lorber join in here and there. While entertaining and even attractive from a melodic standpoint, Bromberg and his mates are reworking themes, beats, and songs without pushing the envelope, and make sure that the music is concise and constrained, and never boils over. The hippest selection is the opener/title track, very much in the Saturday Night Live neo-bop N.Y.C. funk and bop amalgam, with the horns blowing strong. Brecker's influence has a telling effect on this and the skunk funk "Elephants on Ice Skates." Bromberg instrumentally covers the B-52's' immortal hit "Love Shack" and perfectly renders the delightful, flute-driven, choogling theme from the television show Sanford and Son -- both are definite highlights of the CD. On several tracks, Bromberg enjoys playing a bass solo on intros to set up themes, but he employs a marvelous chordal approach on "The Mirror" unaccompanied. The rest of the material ranges from disco to make-out music, with the get-down dance funk of "Mr. Miller"; the string-laden version of "Heaven"; and a spicy Latin, authentically sexy "Martinis at the Velvet Lounge?," hopped up by Wes Montgomery-type guitar chord progressions. The recording wanes as it goes along in intensity and musical intrigue, but is another typical Brian Bromberg project that his fans will likely enjoy as the crafted production it is.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/25/2009
Label:
Artistry Music
UPC:
0181475701927
catalogNumber:
757019
Rank:
66180

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Performance Credits

Brian Bromberg   Primary Artist,Bass,Fretless Bass Guitar,Piccolo Bass,Upright Bass,Soloist,5-string Bass,Guitar (Hollow Body),Steel String,Bass Tenor,Tenor Bass
Patrice Rushen   Piano
Gerald Albright   Saxophone,Alto Saxophone
George Duke   Piano,fender rhodes
Richard Elliot   Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Tony Guerrero   Trumpet
Jeff Lorber   Piano,Keyboards
Gary Meek   Flute,Saxophone,Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Alex Acuña   Percussion,Conga
Rick Braun   Trumpet
Randy Brecker   Trumpet
Eric Marienthal   Saxophone,Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
Dan Siegel   Piano,Keyboards
Ramon Stagnaro   Rhythm Guitar
Dave Weckl   Drums
Dave Kochanski   Keyboards
Will Kennedy   Drums,Horn Section
Gannin Arnold   Rhythm Guitar,Horn Section
Dave Ryan   Trombone
Willie Murillo   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Brian Bromberg   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Engineer
Quincy Jones   Composer
Jeff Lorber   Arranger
Alex Acuña   String Section
Tom McCauley   Arranger,Engineer
Keith Strickland   Composer
Tom Zink   Arranger,String Arrangements
Dave Kochanski   Arranger,Composer
Will Kennedy   String Section
Maria Ehrenreich   Director
Kevin McHugh   Photo Assistance
Denny Stilwell   Executive Producer
Nathan Tanouye   Horn Arrangements
Cynthia Wilson   Composer
Raj Naik   Art Direction
Vu Ong   Photo Assistance
William Schneider   Composer
Catherine Pierson   Composer
Cynthia Wilson   Composer
Gretchen Valade   Executive Producer

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