Jack Broad: Swamp Witch
Jack Broad (guitar, programming)
Jack Broad (guitar, programming).
Composed by Jack Broad.
Recorded: Jersey City, NJ, March 2007-June 2008
Rating: 92/100 (learn more)
Usually just seeing the word "programming" makes me shudder. That feeling is soon followed by the lovely parabolic arc of the disc into the trash can. Don't get me wrong, programming has its place. It's just that it's almost never done correctly, many times creating more problems than it solves (and yes, I know all about drummer problems), not the least of which is a certain blandness.
I'm happy to report that jazz guitarist Jack Broad knows what he's doing both in the areas of programming and guitar wrangling. "Swamp Witch" has Broad blowing crazed rock-like passages as well as reverb-soaked pedal tones. I'm reminded of early Bill Frisell as well as Guitar Shop-era Jeff Beck. It's a whole lot of fun and puts a modern stamp on what we used to look down on as fusion.
Reviewer: Mark Saleski
Tags: 2000s jazz