David Bromberg Solo

David Bromberg -1971

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Years after he left Columbia University, where he majored in music, David Bromberg graduated from sideman status on his Columbia Records debut. Bromberg has paid his dues, playing guitar on Jerry Jeff Walker's chart single "Mr. Bojangles," among dozens of other recording sessions and gigs as a backup musician. Notably, he played on Bob Dylan's Self Portrait and New Morning albums, and, though uncredited, Dylan has reportedly returned the favor, contributing harmonica on this LP's searing final track, "Sammy's Song." 

Just before that comes the jocular highwayman romp "The Holdup," co-written by Bromberg and George Harrison, with a lead guitar part that sounds characteristic of the co-author.Those may be Bromberg's heaviest friends, but he also employs a batch of folk and country compatriots throughout the album, among them David Amram, Norman Blake, and Vassar Clements.

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Demon In Disguise

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Try Me One More Time

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Three long-awaited words: David Bromberg’s back!

Roots music fans around the world rejoiced in the 2007 release of Try Me One More Time, the first new CD in almost two decades by guitarist/vocalist David Bromberg, a master practitioner of folk, blues, bluegrass and other musical genres. This new recording is undiluted David: one man, one acoustic guitar, and a repertoire of mostly traditional material performed with the intimate, assured touch of a musician who has nothing to prove.

The members of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) was obviously impressed: in December 2007, Try Me One More Time was named a finalist in the “Best Traditional Folk Recording” category of the GRAMMY Awards. The winner will be announced on February 10, 2008.

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Sideman Serenade

 

Bromberg's debut for Rounder included versions of traditional blues, country, folk and soul/R&B tunes. He sang them earnestly and backed himself tastefully while working with both large groups and small combos. The guest roster included everyone from Dr. John to Jackson Browne and David Lindley, as well as Chris Daniels and the Kings and some members of what was then Willie Nelson's traveling band. The only problem with this session was Bromberg, for all his knowledge and zeal, just wasn't that convincing or gripping a vocalist. Still, this is an instructive disc for those interested in hearing faithful recreations of various classic genres.

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