Berks Jazz Fest 2009: Brian Bromberg

Wednesday I went to see the concert of the Brian Bromberg Quintet at the Jazz Base, the lineup consisted of Brian Bromberg on acoustic & electric bass, Mitch Foreman on keyboards & piano, Nelson Rangel on saxes, flute & whistling, Dave Weckl on drums and Chuck Loeb on guitar. The club setting was cool, and the band was ready to jam. They kicked off the show with Herbie Hancock's "Chameleon", followed by Eddie Harris' "Cold Duck Time", both tracks can be found on Brian Bromberg's latest CD Downright, Upright. Despite the fact that the musicians just gathered for this concert the band played very well together, Dave Weckl was never missing a beat, Nelson Rangell was blowing a mean horn and later whistled beautifully, while Chuck Loeb delivered a few burning solos on guitar. Another highlight was the keyboard playing of Mitch Foreman, who delivered some outstanding solos. But the man holding it all together was bassist Brian Bromberg, who alternated between acoustic and electric bass, a special highlight was his solo acoustic bass performance, before they closed the concert with a rousing version of Herbie Hancock's classic "Cantaloupe Island". This was a great concert by a world-class band.