05/27/09

Bobby Broom to Release Monk Tribute

On June 16, Seattle-based label Origin will release Bobby Broom Plays for Monk, a tribute to the lodestar pianist-composer by guitarist Broom and his working trio of bassist Dennis Carroll and drummer Kobie Watkins. Broom is most visible on the scene as the longtime guitarist in Sonny Rollins’ band, but he’s also recorded engaging leader sets for Arista, Criss Cross, Delmark, Premonition and, most recently, Origin: They include 2007’s Song and Dance, where Broom interpreted pop songs by the Beatles, Leon Russell and more; and 2008’s more jazz-oriented live disc The Way I Play. All of Broom’s Origin recordings feature his trio with Carroll and Watkins, a band that has held a regular gig at an Illinois steakhouse for over a dozen years. Broom’s other three-piece, the Chicago-based Deep Blue Organ Trio, has recorded a series of albums for Delmark.

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Bobby Broom

Bobby Broom Plays for Monk is not the first album in which a guitar, bass and drums trio interprets Monk’s deeply pianistic, harmonically thorny music. Late last year, Peter Bernstein released Monk with Doug Weiss and Bill Stewart on the newly reactivated Xanadu label.

Broom's forthcoming album, with its cover art that plays off Monk’s 1957 LP Monk’s Music, includes the following tunes: “Work,” “Evidence,” “Reflections,” “Bemsha Swing,” “Ask Me Now,” “Ruby, My Dear,” “Rhythm-a-ning,” “In Walked Bud,” “Lulu’s Back in Town,” and “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes.”

For more information on Broom, visit bobbybroom.com.

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