Personnel: Brian Bromberg (whistling, acoustic bass); Brian Bromberg; Randy Waldman (piano); Vinnie Colaiuta (drums).
Audio Mixers: Brian Bromberg; Tom McCauley.
Recording information: B2 Studios, Los Angeles, CA; Castle Oaks Studios, Los Angeles, CA.
Photographers: Nicholas Belton; Michel Bocande.
Arranger: Brian Bromberg.
The follow-up both to 2002's Wood and 2005's thematically opposite Metal, Wood II puts jazz bassist Brian Bromberg in an acoustic small-combo format supported by a drummer and pianist. Bromberg's full, rounded tone is at the center of all of these 12 songs; on some, like his cover of Earth, Wind & Fire's funk hit "Shining Star," he uses his trademark tapping technique to play two simultaneous lines. This low-end focus makes Wood II a delight for standup bass fanatics. ~ Stewart Mason