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David Bromberg and His Big Band In Concert at the Count Basie Theatre
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Worth the price of admission.
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.
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Great video for any David Bromberg fan-
You get to relive one of his live shows over and over again
And belive me that's not a bad thing -
I might wear mine out as... Read more
If you're like me and most of America, you haven't had a chance to see David Bromberg and his big band in years and years. Read morePublished on April 11, 2011 by Steve Biederman