Brian Bromberg – Magic Rain

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This CD is an example of high-quality fusion. Not only are the electronics state-of-the-art for 1989 and the musicianship impeccable but several of the original melodies are memorable, there are lots of funky grooves and the solos are fiery. Bromberg, a virtuoso player on both electric and acoustic basses (including the piccolo bass) often sounds a bit like a guitarist; few can match his technique as he shows on his two unaccompanied solos “Just The Bass” and “Interlude.” Keyboardist Jeff Lorber sounds more creative during his three guest spots here than he does on his own dates and there are also some worthwhile solos from tenor-saxophonist Ernie Watts. This CD from the defunct Intima label will be hard to find but fans of electric jazz will consider it worth the search.” – Scott Yanow/AllMusic.

Track listing:
1 Magic Rain 4:50
2 Isn’t It Beautiful 5:31
3 10 West 5:25
4 Rio D’ 6:04
5 Just The Bass 2:55
6 Little Steven 5:05
7 Blues For Fabian 4:44
8 L.A., Land Of The Barking Car 5:40
9 Interlude 2:27
10 Melrose Avenue 5:55


Alto Saxophone – Brandon Fields (tracks: 6)
Keyboards – Jeff Lorber (tracks: 1, 3, 8)
Bass – Bruce Stone (tracks: 6)
Drums – Joel Taylor (tracks: 2, 4, 6, 7, 10)
Percussion – Steve Reid (tracks: 1-4, 6-8, 10)
Piano – Rob Mullins (tracks: 4)
Bass [Piccolo Bass, Panning String Fretted Bass, Nylon String Fretless Bass, Panning String Piccolo Bass, Nylon String Piccolo Bass, Acoustic Bass, Tenor Bass and PIccolo Bass Synthesizer] – Brian Bromberg
Rhythm Guitar – Bob Boykin (tracks: 6, 8)
Tenor Saxophone – Doug Webb (tracks: 1, 7, 10), Ernie Watts (tracks: 3, 4, 8)
Vocals – Bill Cantos (tracks: 2)


Intima Records ‎– 7 73528-2 (US)

Tracks 1, 3 and 8 recorded at JHL Studios (Los Angeles, CA) and The Slam Shack
Tracks 2, 6, 7 and 10 recorded at The Slam Shack (Los Angeles, CA)
Track 4 recorded at The Slam Shack and Entourage Studios (Los Angeles, CA)
Track 5 and 9 recorded Track Record Inc. (Los Angeles, CA)