Bobby Broom

My Shining Hour

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MUSIC REVIEW BY Martin Z. Kasdan Jr., Louisville Music News

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Guitarist Bobby Broom has been getting a great deal of exposure this summer opening for Steely Dan, with an organ-based trio. His new recording, though, finds him fronting his working trio with longtime bassist Dennis Carroll and relative newcomer Makaya McCraven on drums (only on board for half a decade, now). Notwithstanding an extensive discography as a leader, this marks Broom's first album dedicated to standards. What might quickly turn trite in lesser hands becomes an exercise in thoughtful reimagining. "Sweet and Lovely" kicks the album off with Latin-flavored drumming and a chordal introduction, before the trio moves to swing for the soloing. The title track, "My Shining Hour," is propelled by McCraven's rolling toms. A lesser known ballad, Lerner and Lowe's "The Heather on the Hill," begins with gentle a cappella guitar, with bass and brushes easing in. Fats Waller's classic "Jitterbug Waltz" takes new life in a riff-driven arrangement by Carroll. Broom teases out the melody in slow tempo on "Oh, Lady Be Good" before the others join and take it to mid-tempo, trading fours before Carroll shines in his solo spotlight. The closing number is a lightly swinging take on "The Tennessee Waltz." This album represents a true trio endeavor, with each member contributing to each song, not just accompanying the leader. In taking on such well-known pieces, Broom's approach seems to be looking for the notes that are less obvious, and making this album of standards refreshing and enjoyable.






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