Down Beat - p.823 stars out of 5
-- "It's a retro, nostalgic feeling, emphasized on 'Nirvana Blues' by the modified bossa beat and on 'Spring Is Here' by the poignant romanticism of the string interlude."
Personnel: Alan Broadbent (piano); Alan Broadbent; Brian Bromberg (bass instrument); Kendall Kay (drums).
Audio Mixers: Brian Bromberg; Tom McCauley.
Recording information: B2 Studios, Los Angeles, CA.
Photographer: Michel Bocande.
Arranger: Alan Broadbent.
Alan Broadbent has long been appreciated as a fine pianist and arranger, talents he combines on this studio effort with bassist Brian Bromberg and drummer Kendall Kay, along with background color by the Tokyo Strings. "Autumn Variations" is a superb workout of the chord changes to the standard "Autumn Leaves." The pianist's lyrical setting of the longing ballad "Bess, Oh Where's My Bess" and the sparse treatment of "Last Night When We Were Young" are simply masterful. Broadbent's scoring of notable jazz compositions proves to be equally effective. He sets up a very deliberate tempo for the ballad "Lover Man," alternating the piano and the strings in the foreground as the rhythm section plays sparingly. But his best effort may be his lush arrangement of the modal masterpiece "Blue in Green." Broadbent also includes three strong originals: "E. 32nd Elegy" (a moody tribute to Lennie Tristano), the breezy Latin-flavored "Nirvana Blues," and an affectionate ballad salute to his late boss Woody Herman called "Woody 'N' Me," which suggests the end of another long night as the weary musicians pile into the bus to hit the road to the next gig. Impeccably recorded and mixed, Alan Broadbent's Every Time I Think of You is the perfect CD for unwinding at the end of a long, demanding day. ~ Ken Dryden