In record stores today is a fresh version of Brian Bromberg�s Choices album, which was revisited by the master bass player and producer.� Originally released last year, the artist remixed half of the record and the entire disc was remastered.� One track was removed and replaced with the radio hit, �Relentless,� a duet with sax star Richard Elliot that previously was only released on the Oasis Smooth Jazz Awards compilation CD.� Featuring Bromberg�s nifty fret work on the piccolo bass, which sounds like a guitar, the title track of Choices is one of the hottest songs now collecting adds at radio.
Smooth jazz is often criticized as being light-weight, but not Bromberg�s efforts in the genre.� His hooks are memorable and infectious yet the writing is sophisticated and substantive, and the productions are intricately textured. �On Choices, which includes guest turns by Jeff Lorber, Brian Culbertson, David Benoit and Eric Marienthal, soulful R&B, funk, jazz, pop, and African rhythmscapes serve as the backdrop for Bromberg�s melodies.� No guitars were used on the album, although you�ll swear otherwise.� While primarily an instrumental album, Bromberg�s intention was for Choices to unfold like a collection of short stories.
Bromberg is a remarkable musician, one of the few masters of both the electric and acoustic bass.� He�s a rare artist who has garnered respect for releasing accomplished music in both the traditional jazz and more commercial contemporary jazz genres.� ���
In the midst of a prolific creative period, Bromberg, a partner in the new Artistry Music record label that now releases his music, has a full-slate of current projects that enable him to draw upon his vast experience.� In addition to Choices, he�s releasing and reissuing four albums this year.� Metal is a new rock fusion collection that was released in late February.� Last month, It�s About Time, a traditional jazz record originally released in 1991, was reissued after being remixed and remastered.� This summer, Bromberg�s 1993 self-titled contemporary jazz album, featuring Lorber, Lee Ritenour, Kirk Whalum and Toots Thielemans, will be reissued.� Scheduled for release early next year, Bromberg has begun recording Wood II, the sequel to 2002�s critically acclaimed traditional jazz CD, Wood.
This spring and summer, Bromberg is touring worldwide with contemporary jazz greats Ritenour, Patrice Rushen, Ernie Watts, and Alex Acuna.� Recently Bromberg earned his first gold record for production work he did on Chris Botti�s When I Fall In Love album; this year he�s writing and producing songs for a number of other artists.� Collaborating with Dean Guitars, he designed an innovative line of basses, B�, which will be in stores this summer.���������
Earlier this year, Bromberg partnered with soul singer-songwriter Rahsaan Patterson, their long-time manager Lucille Hunt and veteran marketing executive Denny Stilwell to launch Artistry Music.� Based in Los Angeles, the label is distributed in the United States by Ryko Distribution.�