Now the bad news (for upright bassists):
Brian explains, “I’ve done a lot of acoustic playing lately so I wanted to feature my electric basses more…
Brian Bromberg’s new release will feature him playing on various types of basses, including the piccolo and various other setups on bass guitar.
The music on It is What It Is shakes out – literally and figuratively – as a joyous celebration of the amazing breadth of sounds capable by the bass. On the title track, Brian doubles the melody, harmonizes with himself and grooves his tail off using both 4- and 5-string basses in addition to a tenor bass. Meanwhile on the humorously titled “Excuse Me?,” he uses different effects on his hollow body piccolo, tenor, 4-string and upright basses to simulate plucking, burping and other, um, gaseous sounds to funky effect. “Heaven” showcases the warmer, more beautiful sound of the instruments and is one of four numbers with strings arranged by Tom Zink. Brian sets up a lovely duet with himself on fretless bass and nylon string acoustic piccolo bass for a gorgeous Brazilian-lilted backbeat waltz. And on “The Mirror,” he cuts back to just a tenor bass for a solo piece that speaks to the listener like a heartfelt soliloquy. Brian stresses that while guitars are present on the disc in rhythmic and textural coloring roles, all melodic leads throughout the album are played on basses – typically piccolo basses with strings tuned to the register of a guitar.