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With an unwavering passion for music that began at the tender age of five, I embarked on a journey of self-expression through the piano, later expanding my repertoire to the guitar and the art of singing. As a seasoned performer in cozy coffee shops and harmonious choir ensembles, I've immersed myself in the diverse tapestry of musical genres, seeking to uncover the intricate qualities that strike a chord within our souls.
Beyond my personal experiences, my journalistic pursuits have led me to explore the stories and inspirations behind the melodies we hold dear. As a music journalist, I aim to delve into the heart of each composition, shedding light on the creative minds that have shaped the soundscape of our lives.
In my downtime, you can find me serenading my loyal canine companion with heartfelt tunes on the guitar or indulging in retail therapy to enhance my ever-growing wardrobe. Songwriting holds a special place in my heart, and I yearn for the day when I can share my creative talents with the world. Until then, my passion for uncovering the emotional power within music continues to drive my insightful reviews and analyses, as I journey through the rich landscape of melodies that move us.
Bobby Broom Soul Fingers Review
by Bea Willis
Guitarist Bobby Broom brings us his latest adventure, Bobby Broom. Broom embraces the rhythm & blues sound through the lens of core jazz with his new group, the Organi–Sation, featuring organist Ben Paterson and drummer Kobie Watkins. The three turn in ten interpretations of pop melodies on Soul Fingers, from the Beatles to Motown. The album is produced by legendary drummer/producer, Steve Jordan.
“Come Together” starts the funky, urban soul sound that is signature Broom. His warm acoustic sound takes root in the Pat Martino and Wes Montgomery sonics and language. Broom passionately extends the tradition of jazz guitarists and in the best setting of all, the organ trio. The funky groove is laid down by Paterson and Watkins as Broom spins out soul filled bluesy bop licks. Paterson’s soloing is elegant and full of soul. Watkins’ playing is supportive and interactive. Broom has a way of making sophisticated lines sound relaxed and relevant to the surrounding music. His articulation drives his lines and his linear language is colorful.
“Summer Breeze” is given a relaxed feel that has Broom playing the well-known melody in a lyrical style. The rhythm & blues influence in his playing can be heard in his bluesy lyrical inflections of his lines, both when playing melodies and soloing. Broom does build his solos to intense flurries, but only after making the music build to that sort of climax. His lines are always pushing in a direction of making an overall musical statement. The band is right with him, supporting and pushing. Together they create a fine version of this summer anthem that is highly enjoyable.
Broom is not only an enjoyable soloist, but he also excels as a colorist, joined by two on the rise players Soul Fingers is a soulful and adventuresome listen.
- Release Date: October 12, 2018
- Label: Clean Sweep Music