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Album Review

The Bob Brozman Orchestra is both a misnomer and the absolute truth, since the "orchestra" is made up of Brozman himself, multi-track on a multiplicity of plucked and percussion instruments. Anyone familiar with his playing knows he's a whiz in all manner of styles from around the globe, and he illustrates that perfectly here, on compositions that allow a lot of improvisation — no mean feat when you consider the number of instruments here. In many ways, this is a culmination of all he's done before, bringing together the strands of his previous work, whether it's the Indian Ocean influence so evident on "N'Oubliez Pas La Reunion," the gorgeous ghazal of "Chaturangui Gazal," or the eerie Eastern lullaby of "Yaeyama Okinawa." The sheer variety of styles here is staggering, with Brozman masterful in them all. But, in typical fashion, everything comes with a slight twist. His ska, "Ska Waltz Train" is in 3/4 time, while the opening cut, "Lumiere de La Mer," brings together a mishmash of island styles that seem to blend perfectly. It's a masterwork, from someone who knows his stuff, and the pleasure he takes in his playing is palpable.


Born: 08 March 1954 in New York, NY

Genre: World

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

Multi-instrumentalist, historian, and educator Bob Brozman was born in New York on March 8, 1954. His uncle, Barney Josephson, was a prominent club owner who ran Cafe Society in Greenwich Village, one of the first places in New York, or anywhere, where black and white musicians played on-stage together. Brozman studied music and ethnomusicology at Washington University in St. Louis. Brozman became not only a master of classic blues from the '20s and '30s, but also a competent performer of early...
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Lumière, Bob Brozman
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  • 9,99 €
  • Genres: World, Music
  • Released: 17 July 2007

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