"My Shining Hour"
Over his three-and-a-half-decade career, guitarist extraordinaire Bobby Broom has played in the bands of Sonny Rollins, Dr. John, Art Blakey, and many others. He even did a short stint with Miles Davis' band. But since 1991, Broom has carved out a distinctive solo career, putting out one great album after another. His latest, "My Shining Hour," is no exception.
Broom's style is distinguished by the clear, ringing tone he employs on classics like "Sweet Georgia Brown" and the title tune. My favorite cut on the album is Broom's arrangement of Fats Waller's "The Jitterbug Waltz." The opening vamp, the rhythm, and the lead are all played by Broom with no overdubs. He works a similar sort of magic on Cole Porter's "Just One of Those Things" and the old standard "Tennessee Waltz."
If there is a particularly fresh sound to "My Shining Hour," it's probably due to the fact that Broom and his excellent band-mates, Dennis Carroll on bass, and Makaya McCraven on drums, recorded it the old fashioned way, live in a studio using 1/4-inch tape.