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Broom, Bobby / Upper West Side Story
Album:Upper West Side Story Collection:Jazz
Artist:Broom, Bobby Added:Jul 2012
Label:Origin Records 

A-File Activity
Add Date:2012-10-21 Pull Date:2012-12-23 Charts:Jazz
Week Ending:Dec 9Dec 2Nov 25Nov 18Nov 11Nov 4Oct 28

 Recent Airplay
1.Oct 03, 2014:Rebop
4.Nov 20, 2012:Rebop
Upper West Side Story
2.Dec 04, 2012:Rebop
Call Me A Cab
5.Nov 13, 2012:Rebop
Call Me A Cab
3.Nov 27, 2012:Rebop
D's Blues
6.Nov 09, 2012:No Cover, No Minimum

Album Review
Be Sharp
Reviewed 2012-10-13 
Long a sideman (with Sonny Rollins, e.g.) and also leader of his own trio, Bobby Broom plays contemporary (not leading edge) hollow-body jazz guitar. This is his first album with all his own compositions. He shows a lot of stylistic and technical variety here, but the music is mostly lightweight and easy to listen to. The ensemble is guitar, bass & drums.

All instrumental. No FCC issues.

1 Mid-fast. Opening drum roll, bass riff, and melodic theme on guitar are encouraging. But this descends into guitar improv that gets rather long and somewhat aimless. (6:51)
2 * Mid-tempo lead, but fast rhythm. Breezy G Benson style. Tight combo playing. (4:54)
3 Mid-slow. Very mellow, pointless background music. (8:46)
4 Mid-tempo. Alternating a little bluesy riff and quick scampering improv lines. (6:57)
5 Mid-tempo. Easy, lazy stroll. Improv lead guitar with light accompaniment. It’s very loose, almost like they’ve never met each other. (6:24)
6 ** Fast. Jazziest, swingin’est tune here. Impressive guitar; strong bass & drums. (3:25)
7 * Mid-slow. Pretty ballad. Nice guitar & bass, minimal drums - mostly high-hat (7:42)
8 * Fast but mellow. Cute little melodic riff played ‘round & ‘round. Good drums. (6:12)
9 Slow. Sticks out as quite different. Sort of dreamy (maybe 1/2 *) (8:42)

Track Listing
1.D's Blues 5.Lazy Sundays
2.Upper West Side Story 6.Fambroscious
3.After Words 7.Father
4.Minor Major Mishap 8.Call Me A Cab
 9.When The Falling Leaves...