Archive for October 3rd, 2009

Frank Gambale – Best of the Smooth Jazz Side

Gambale is a guitar virtuoso. This wonderful collection spans some 20 years of his finest contemporary jazz music. It’s funky, it’s melodic and it’s burnin’. If you have never heard Gambale before this is a good place to start. You’ll soon look for more.

This is the first time a “Best Of” collection of all his smoother jazz music has been assembled. All these songs feature Gambale blazing on his archtop jazz guitars. You can buy this album for the first time at CDBaby, where you can listen to soundclips of this album. If you want the album for a lower prize, visit Frank’s website.

Brian Bromberg – It Is What It Is

Following his Grammy nominated Downright Upright and backed by a killer horn section, Brian Bromberg gets loose and funky throughout the 13 tracks on It Is What It Is, including his unique spin on the B52’s dance classic Love Shack.

The album features George Duke, Patrice Rushen, Jeff Lorber, Dave Weckl, Dan Siegel, Randy Brecker, Eric Marienthal, Richard Elliot, Gerald Albright, Rick Braun and more! Brian Bromberg has garnered a hard-earned reputation as one of the most versatile and respected players in music, amassing an enviable catalog of straight ahead and contemporary jazz showcasing both upright and electric basses. Confounding the music industry with a string of innovative, eclectic releases since 1985, Bromberg has spent the last decade recording projects driven by very specific sounds and themes – from Wood (acoustic bass) and Metal (electric bass) to other diverse projects celebrating the artistry of fretless bass pioneer Jaco Pastorius (Jaco) and his Grammy®-nominated smooth grooves of Downright Upright.

On his fourth project for the Mack Avenue label imprint Artistry Music, It Is What It Is, Brian unleashes another wide palette of styles letting the chips fall where they may. It’s a decidedly funky 13-track set that features a killer horn section and includes not only evocative original compositions but also two cover songs that are sure to raise some eyebrows: The B-52s’ new wave dance classic “Love Shack” and Quincy Jones’ instantly recognizable TV-Land nugget “Sanford & Son (The Streetbeater)”.