A440 Music Group To Release Jazz Bassist Brian Bromberg's Newest Cd "Wood"


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Acclaimed jazz bassist Brian Bromberg will release his newest recording Wood on Tuesday, April 2, 2002 as the debut album on the newly created A440 Music Group label. Named “Best Jazz Recording" by Swing Journal, Japan’s leading jazz publication, Wood was greeted with unanimous critical and popular acclaim following its release in Japan.

Wood features Bromberg’s unique interpretation of the works of such greats as Herbie Hancock, Kurt Weil, Cole Porter, Thelonius Monk, Miles Davis, Henry Mancini and Johnny Mercer and John Lennon and Paul McCartney. Also included is an original composition by Bromberg entitled “Goodbye {for my father}” plus a unique interpretation of J. S. Stafford’s “Star Spangled Banner.” A complete listing of the selections can be found at the end of this document.

On Wood, Bromberg returns to his acoustic jazz roots with his brother David on drums and Randy Waldman on piano. The straight-ahead jazz album showcases Bromberg’s skills on the upright bass – the same 300-year-old instrument he played while touring with jazz giant Stan Getz at the age of 19.

Bromberg originally began playing drums before branching out into stringed instruments – first as a cellist, then as a string bassist. His professional debut came in 1979 when he toured for a year with saxophone legend Stan Getz. He soon evolved into one of the industry’s most sought after jazz bassists, performing with a host of artists including jazz greats Dizzy Gillespie, Horace Silver, Arturo Sandoval, Herbie Hancock and Nancy Wilson. His talents have also led to collaborations with young jazz phenoms like Diana Krall, Joshua Redman and Roy Hargrove, as well as contemporary jazz favorites David Benoit and Dave Koz.

Having emerged in the mid-1980s as a smooth jazz musician, Bromberg’s solo debut album, A New Day, was a huge hit in the emerging radio format. With follow-ups Basses Loaded and Magic Rain, he soon became a core smooth jazz artist. In fact, Magic Rain

ranked as the No. 1 most-added record to radio playlists in the country during its first week of release. In 1990, Bromberg went on to land his first “Top 10" album in Billboard Magazine with BASSically Speaking.

Bromberg returned to contemporary jazz with his next two albums, a self-titled effort and the immensely popular 1998 release You Know That Feeling. Having spent 17 consecutive months on the national charts, the album produced the hits “By the Fireplace" and “September" which are still in rotation at jazz stations across the country today.

While completing various solo projects, Bromberg also lent his talents to such movie soundtracks as The Fabulous Baker Boys, Housesitter and The Preacher’s Wife. Also a skilled producer, arranger and composer, his efforts in these areas have generated eight “Top 10," six “Top 5" and two No. 1 hits.

Bromberg is currently working on Jaco, a tribute to the great bassist Jaco Pastorious, with the help of saxophonists Eric Marienthal and Bob Mintzer. It is scheduled for release with the A440 Music Group in the fall of 2002.

A440 Music Group, based in Chicago, redefines what a music company can offer in today's entertainment marketplace. Established by two of the industry's premier record label and radio professionals, the A440 team delivers a non-traditional approach to each aspect of a recording project, uniquely blending Artist & Repertoire, Integrated Marketing and Sponsorship services to achieve the perfect balance of artistically satisfying and commercially successful projects. The company's product line is distributed in the U.S. by Ryko Distribution.

For more information on Brian Bromberg, please visit www.brianbromberg.net. For more information on A440 Music Group, please visit www.A440musicgroup.com.

Brian Bromberg (Wood bass/ Matteo Guersan, Milano 18c)
Randy Waldman (piano)
David Bromberg (drums)

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