Alan Broadbent 

Air Date:  11/1/2020 

Combine a range of influences from Bud Powell to Gustav Mahler, add a heaping quantity of technical virtuosity on the keyboard, and don't forget plenty of talent for composing and arranging for orchestra, and you might come up with someone like Alan Broadbent. Featured in the next edition of the Sunday Jazz Brunch, Mr. Broadbent shows that artistic truth can be reached in the intimate confines of a jazz trio, in the expansive emotional potential of a full orchestra, or somewhere in between.

Opening the show is a beautiful work from his 2017 release Developing Story. Entitled Children of Lima, it will wrap you in a silken blanket of warmth. It will turn whatever is rough and make it smooth. Listen to it to refresh your soul, to lift your heart.

After transitioning to Tom Ranier's excellent new album This Way, and a terrific track from Gregory Porter's Liquid Spirit, we return to Mr. Broadbent. 

His 2006 work Every Time I Think of You has two tasty treats: Brian Bromberg on bass, and the Tokyo Strings performing the orchestral parts. We hear Nirvana Blues, with strings insinuating an intriguing  sound. You know it is blues, but something else is going on. 

The piano trio and string orchestra blend perfectly on this album. The orchestra is not present for accompaniment; rather, they are an equal member. There is an interplay between the piano and strings, a joy to hear. 

Further highlights from Mr. Broadbent's career appear throughout the show. Later in Hour One we hear his version of Ceora, again with the services of Brian Bromberg. We hear a couple of tracks from his new trio CD with Harvie S. and Billy Mintz, Trio in Motion. Later, in Hour Two, I've got Mr. Broadbent's 1992 release with his long-time bass player, Putter Smith, and drummer Frank Gibson, Jr. That's the CD that introduced me to Mr. Broadbent and his amazing technique.

Some of the other tasty treats for you in your Contemplative Hour: a track by the New York Voices by request of someone who commented on my last blog (thank you!),  a track featuring Mike Metheny on EVI (see my previous blog), and something I haven't played yet from Mon David and Josh Nelson's new release, D+N+A.

For new hour, I have all the usual suspects, plenty of Gregory Porter, some fine David Finck that you've got to hear, more from Paulette McWilliams and her new release A Woman's Story, which just keeps getting better, and my all-time favorite song from Eric Alexander called I Found You - followed by Tony Bennett together with Bill Charlap!

Brazil/World this week is especially good. Take my word for it. I mixed it up a bit, and I think that makes it more interesting. There's material in there that I have never played before, even older stuff.

Groove hour opens with vintage Grover Washington, Jr. I have heard him called 'The Father of Smooth Jazz.'  I play a few tracks from a group called Jazz Funk Soul, but I also have some older material from  Pat Metheny,  Bobby Caldwell, and Natalie Cole. The aforementioned are scattered throughout the hour, breaking up a mixture of groove tracks from Al Jarreau, Euge Groove, and The Jeff Lorber Fusion. 

Well, I hope you like all of this. I wish you good health!



HOUR ONE: Contemplative Morning

  1. Alan Broadbent-Developing Story-09 Children of Lima 2017
  2. Tom Ranier\This Way\01 Blue Aria 2020
  3. Gregory Porter-Liquid Spirit-07 Wolfcry
  4. Alan Broadbent-Every Time I Think of You-08 Nirvana Blues 2006
  5. New York Voices-A Day Like This-12 Stoned Soul Picnic 2007
  6. Mike Metheny-Old Wine,New Bossa-03 Old Wine,New Bossa-2011
  7. Mon David & Josh Nelson\DNA07 If You Never Com To Me  Skylark MFiT 2020
  8. Alan Broadbent-You and the Night and the Music-05 Ceora 2003
  9. Orice Jenkins-11 Lift Every Voice and Sing ()
  10. Antonio Adolfo-Hybrido - From Rio To Wayne Shorter-05 Black Nile 2017
  11. Earl Klugh-Sounds And Visions Vol. 2-05 Orchestra Intro 1993

HOUR TWO: New and Newer, Plus

  1. Alan Broadbent Trio-Trio In Motion-02 I Hear You-2020
  2. Gregory Porter-All Rise-11 Phoenix-2020
  3. Antonio Adolfo - Bruma - Celebrating Milton Nascimento - 08 -  Caxanga
  4. David Finck-BASSically Jazz-06 I Love You So (Featuring Alexis Cole) 2019
  5. Alan Broadbent Trio-Trio In Motion-01 Wonder Why-2020
  6. Paulette McWilliams\A Woman's Story\07 - In The Name Of Love 2020
  7. Wes Montgomery-Wes Montgomery with Melvin Rhyne-09 Canadian Sunset 1959
  8. Alan Broadbent-Better Days-02 Better Days 1992
  9. Gregory Porter-Liquid Spirit-03 Lonesome Lover
  10. Eric Alexander-Man with a Horn-08 I Found You 1999
  11. Tony Bennett & Bill Charlap-The Silver Lining- The Songs of Jerome Kern-02 Pick Yourself Up 2015

HOUR THREE: Brazil/World

  1. Jessie Marquez-All I See Is Sky-12 La Herida (The Wound) 2011
  2. Joanne Tatham-out of my dream-04 Vivo Sonhando 2015
  3. Jenna Mammina-Inner Smile-02 Love Again 2004
  4. Lori Bell-Lori Bell-01 Playful
  5. Luciana Souza-Luciana Souza-09 Samba Pra Cantar-1992
  6. Yoko Miwa Trio-Keep Talkin'-04 Sunset Lane 2019
  7. Chiara Civello\Eclipse\05 Sambarilove
  8. Tom Ranier\This Way04 Yes Kloose
  9. Choro Ensemble-Nosso Tempo-02 Zanzando Em Copacabana 2007
  10. Clara Moreno-Meu Samba Torto-13 Ela Vai Pro Mar 2006
  11. Diego Figueiredo-Compilation-08 Borboleta Azul-2020
  12. Eliane Elias-Light My Fire-08 Bananeira 2011
  13. Michael Franks-Burchfield Nines-02 A Robinsong 1978

HOUR FOUR: Groove, Baby

  1. Grover Washington, Jr.-Prime Cuts- The Columbia Years 1987-1999-10 Soulful Strut (The Top Down Version) 1999
  2. Jazz Funk Soul-Life And Times-03 Walkin' With You 2019
  3. Al Jarreau-My Old Friend=02 Someday (2014)
  4. Citrus Sun\Thinking of You (Radio Edit) - Citrus Sun feat Deborah Bond 2020
  5. Bobby Caldwell-Time & Again-02 Open Your Eyes 2001
  6. Pat Metheny Group-04 The Gathering Sky (2002)
  7. Gregory Porter-All Rise-10 Everything You Touch-2020
  8. Euge Groove - Sing My Song - Until Tomorrow  2020
  9. Jazz Funk Soul-Life And Times-05 Life And Times 2019
  10. Natalie Cole-Snowfall on the Sahara-06 Say You Love Me (1999)
  11. The Jeff Lorber Fusion-Impact-10 Valinor 2018


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