Renowned jazz bassist Brian Bromberg is back with Full Circle, his first album since 2012.
In the interim between albums, Bromberg suffered an injury that left him with a back broken in two places and requiring rehabilitation to be able to walk. Full Circle is a testament to his recovery.
A desire to play music with his late father, a drummer, inspired Bromberg, who copied an acetate of his father and some buddies playing music and the overdubbed his bass, so that he could play as “part” of his dad’s group on two songs. These songs open and close the album.
“A few really amazing things happened to me when I was recording those tracks with my father; those tracks originally were recorded before I was born, so it was such a trip playing with my Dad before I was even on this planet! When I was playing with him I realized at that moment where I got my time feel and swing from, it was effortless to play with him, mind-blowing actually,” Bromberg said. “I guess the experience that inspired the whole concept of this album was feeling his time feel and swing inspired me to start playing drums again, because it felt so good.”
Bromberg played not only bass on the album, but also drums and piccolo bass, on which he created a “guitar”-like sound. And, while the album features a slew of originals, it also includes a jazz cover of Michael Jackson’s “Don’t Stop ’Til You Get Enough.”
Full Circle Track List:
- Jazz Me Blues
- Full Circle
- Sneaky Pete
- Saturday Night In The Village
- Havana Nights [aka Havana Nagila]
- Bernie’s Bop
- Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough
- Susumu’s Blues
- Washington and Lee Swing