CMJ - 12/1/03, p.23
"...With a sparse lyricism and prodigious chops...Broadbent intuitively knows when to push further out and when to rein himself in..."
JazzTimes - 3/04, p.78
Broadbent's ensemble is one of the most accomplished piano trios now playing jazz."
Personnel: Alan Broadbent (piano); Brian Bromberg (bass); Joe LaBarbera (drums).
Recorded at Castle Oaks Studios, Los Angeles, California on March 15 & 16, 2002. Includes liner notes by Steven Graybow.
Personnel: Alan Broadbent; Joe La Barbera, Brian Bromberg.
Best known for his arrangements for Michael Feinstein and Mel Torme, Alan Broadbent sets out here to showcase his formidable piano skills. Teamed up with drummer Joe La Barbera and bassist Brian Bromberg, Broadbent performs in the style of classic trio jazz.
Unlike the highly exploratory albums of Keith Jarrett, Brad Mehldau, and other post-modern players, Broadbent's work recalls the work of such disparate pianists as Dick Hyman, Oscar Peterson, and George Shearing. To this end, Broadbent uses full chordal voicings and extensive left-hand counterpoint; it is apparent that he is quite a virtuoso. Key selections on this album include the title track, which is performed here as an energetic bossa nova number, and the equally hot "With the Wind and the Rain in Her Hair." The latter features a particularly adroit bass solo from Bromberg and a characteristically deft drum break from La Barbera. Broadbent himself steps outside the box on this number, proving that he can sound quite contemporary when the mood strikes him.