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Brian Bromberg Releases Hendrix and Jobim Tribute Albums in U.S.

Brian Bromberg: Bromberg Plays HendrixHot on the heels of his new album Compared to That, bassist Brian Bromberg is paying homage to two of his musical heroes with Bromberg Plays Hendrix and In the Spirit of Jobim. The albums were originally recorded for Japan’s King Records, but are now available in the U.S. via Artistry Music.

“Even though people know me as a jazz musician, I was a huge Jimi Hendrix fan as a kid,” Bromberg explains. “It meant something to me inside but I really didn’t know why.” The entire collection of cover songs is performed entirely by Bromberg and drummer Vinnie Colaiuta, with the bassist utilizing everything from upright bass to acoustic to fretless basses. The duo tackle all of Hendrix’s hits, including “Fire,” “The Wind Cries Mary,” “Purple Haze,” and “Hey Joe.”

Bromberg Plays Hendrix Track List:

  1. Fire
  2. Manic Depression
  3. Freedom
  4. The Wind Cries Mary
  5. All Along The Watchtower
  6. Foxey Lady
  7. Hey Joe
  8. Crosstown Traffic
  9. Spanish Castle Magic
  10. Purple Haze

Brian Bromberg: In the Spirit of JobimOn the other hand is In the Spirit of Jobim, which pays tribute to Bossa Nova master Antonio Carlos Jobim. Half Jobim tunes and half originals, Bromberg wanted to express his playing while keeping true to the Brazilian style. In order to do this, he had a nylon-stringed acoustic bass guitar made with piccolo tuning to resemble the sound of a nylon-string guitar. It may sound a bit “treble-y”, but don’t worry – he still holds down the low-end with his impeccable upright playing.

In the Spirit of Jobim Track List:

  1. One Note Samba
  2. Wave
  3. Coastline Drive
  4. Little Tune
  5. Tristefinado
  6. Corcovado
  7. Cha Chika Chika Boom
  8. Isn’t It Beautiful_
  9. Ray Of Sunshine
  10. Talia
  11. Ellen
  12. The Girl From Ipanema

Bromberg Plays Hendrix is available on CD and digital download (iTunes and Amazon MP3).

In the Spirit of Jobim is available on CD and digital download (iTunes and Amazon MP3).