Has it really been seventeen years?
Remember when Bromberg's earthy, vibrant style could be heard just about everywhere? Whether on his own (David Bromberg, Demon In Disguise, Wanted Dead or Alive) or with Dylan, Ringo, Garcia, George Harrison, The Eagles, Carly Simon… you name it, there's probably a Bromberg lick on something somewhere in the universe. Then, in 1990, after the release of the aptly titled Sideman Serenade Bromberg withdrew, attended violin making school and eventually opening DB Fine Violins, a retail/repair shop for quality instruments.
So, with nothing to prove and no one to impress, Bromberg returns and it sounds like he never left. Intact is the effortless fun and filigree of his guitar work. The intuitive mix of all styles American. The warm, if older and worn, baritone that distinctively transcends the age of many of these songs, making them modern, while retaining the cracks and crannies. These sixteen low-key performances sound like David's decided to sit down and pick in your living room.
If it's fair to pick a few highlights from a collection designed not to be picked apart but listened to as a whole, I'd pick Tommy Johnson's Big Road; Dylan's It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry; Rev. Gary Davis' Trying To Get Home; and 'Elizabeth Cotton's Shake Sugaree.
Edited by: David N. Pyles
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