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David Bromberg and His Big Band In Concert at the Count Basie Theatre

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For a man who quit an established recording career in order to study the fine art of making violins, David Bromberg sure knows how to work a room. A veteran sideman to Dylan, Ringo Starr and Jerry Jeff Walker, as well as a solo performer and bandleader of more than 40 years standing, the bearded and bespectacled Bromberg may have kept a low profile through the so-called MTV era. But he didn't sleep through the more recent recording industry implosion and its attendant rise of the Pod People. Rather, he took his boundary busting energy back to the live stage, with the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, New Jersey playing a big role in this master entertainer's game plan. The multi-instrumentalist and musicologist has made the Count Basie Theatre a crucial pit stop in his annual tour schedule for each of the last four years. While Bromberg may take the spotlight for an unaccompanied number or two, it's his role as bandleader and raconteur that prompted the New York Times to brand him 'electrifying.' A performance by the 12-piece David Bromberg Big Band fireballs forward like a bull in a used record shop, tracing its own musical logic ' Bob Wills to Bob Dylan to Bo Diddley to Dave Dudley ' with station stops anywhere from Sam Cooke to a bluegrass tribute to Ethel Merman. Not to mention some fondly remembered originals from his vintage albums and a lot of things that you thought had been written by the Grateful Dead, Patsy Cline, Cab Calloway or even the Clash. NTSC Region O.

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David Bromberg Inspired by the music of Pete Seeger and the Weavers, among others, he began studying the guitar at age 13. After graduating from Tarrytown High School, he enrolled at Columbia University intent on a career as a musicologist. During this period he discovered the old recordings of Blind Blake, Lonnie Johnson, Big Bill Broonzy, Marshall Owens, Luke Jordan and other great country bluesmen, as well as contemporary recordings of B.B.King, Freddie King and Albert King. He studied with Rev. Gary Davis for several years and as Rev. Davis said, I have no children but I have several sons . David was a son to the great Reverend. Drawn to Greenwich Village's flourishing coffeehouse folk music scene of the mid-1960's, David left Columbia University and opted to devote full time to his music. Shortly thereafter, his extraordinary guitar picking and exceptional stylistic range brought him to the attention of many other musicians: Bob Dylan, Ringo Starr, George Harrison, Tom Paxton, and Chubby Checker are only a few of the notables who sought David out as a back-up artist for recording. In all he has played as a sideman on over 100 albums. A singular performer/writer/arranger, David's remarkable musical versatility and innovative resourcefulness have earned vast critical and popular acclaim. He is also impossible to classify: As one critic perceptively wrote, "David Bromberg fits no pigeonholes. He is part of everything contemporarily musical. He is a product of blues, country, jazz, folk, and classical music. From his early success as a guitar virtuoso, Mr. Bromberg has developed into a brilliant entertainer.

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  • Actors: David Bromberg & His Big Band
  • Directors: David Bromberg
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    G
    General Audience
  • Studio: Vestapol
  • DVD Release Date: September 17, 2009
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002KLA99O
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #94,914 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Tracy Leverton on October 11, 2009
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The legendary David Bromberg Big Band is live and well and on their own DVD for the first time. Forget everything you ever knew, loved, touched, heard of, stood next to, smelt, felt, or dreamed about just how good a concert experience could be. This is the one concert to take home and re-live in your living room, turned up loud. Everyone knows somebody who has seen David Bromberg live with his famed genre-bending Big Band, on some college campus in the 70's, at a rare club date in the 80's or 90's, or at a festival in the new millennium. Now you can stop being envious and start a new relationship with your big screen TV for an hour and a half of great musicianship with a time-tested band-of-brothers. If you like equal-to-Pavarotti lead singing, gorgeous acoustic guitar, searing electric guitar, down home mando & fiddle, brilliant sax, cooler-than-Hollywood trombone, Armstrong-like trumpet, in-the-pocket bass, to-die-for back-up vocals, and the best drumming on Earth, you'll find it here on stage with Bromberg and his motley crew. Unlike most artists, whose talent diminishes with age, David's singing and playing prowess has gotten smarter, deeper, and more adroit over time. 'nuff said: reading about great music is just silly, like watching someone else eat when you're hungry. Go get this gem now, watch it, then tell all your friends (both of them) to buy it too. I bet you can't watch it just once...
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I've been a fan of david bromberg for many decades and this concert is why i'm still a fan. great playing and great songs. the only reason i gave this 4 stars instead of 5 is that the producers see fit to plug in interviews through out the concert. why not put the interviews in the bonus section ? in my opinion, it totally ruins the concert for me. great dvd but......
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and a very good show from a great band. You get a pretty good idea of what a Bromberg Big Band performance is like. Granted, I'm sure the actual show was longer but it's a nice selection of tunes. First time I saw Bromberg was probably 1970 or '71 at (I think) the Folk Festival at Nassau Community College on Long Island. He blew me away then and I've been listening ever since. Always a fun performance whether with a small band or even solo. The band is spot on and they all seem to be having a good time. I also enjoyed David giving a little background between songs.
Worth the price of admission.
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Stefan Grossman's Vestapol Video label is know for some great instructional DVDs for guitar players. The label also releases intimate solo performance sessions by some of the best guitarists around (who come to Grossman's studio in New Jersey to record their performance.). This DVD is , to my knowledge, the first "concert" video produced by Grossman and, based on this one, I hope there are many more to come!

Captured in 2009 at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, NJ we are presented with the full 100-minute-long concert by Bromberg and his "Big Band". These are guys who have been playing with him for over 25 years! Cornet player Peter Ecklund (always a favorite of mine) is in fine form as are the rest of the guys. But its not all guys here. In addition to the seven sidemen, we are treated for the last few songs to the Angel Band, the three-women group headed by Bromberg's wife Nancy Josephson. (And they have a new CD out too!).

Between every song Grossman has inserted a minute-long introduction recorded after the concert by Bromberg. (There are no on-stage introductions included). You can hear Bromberg's enthusiasm for performing with these fine musicians.

The variety of music styles is endless with some folk, some swing, and some jazz. And of course the "blues" that Bromberg does best. The longs are long ("I'll Take You Back" runs nine minutes and the finale - before the encore - "Sharon" runs almost 13 minutes!). Bromberg makes sure EVERY musician gets a solo on most numbers, allowing them to show why he picked them for the band.

The camera work is great with enough close-ups of the musicians to see their fingering.

Bromberg is touring more now than ever but he still spends a lot of time at his home in Wilmington, DE. So the next best thing to seeing the band live, is to get this DVD. Another winner for Vestapol.

Steve Ramm
"Anything Phonographic"
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