Jack Broad: Swamp Witch


Swamp Witch


Jack Broad (guitar, programming)



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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


  • 1 Beth Ayen // Dec 05, 2008 at 01:06 PM
    of course he knows what he is doing... he's freakin amazing!!!!! Great job Jack!
  • 2 Clara L. // Dec 09, 2008 at 12:58 AM
    Fantastic review for "Swamp Witch" The entire CURRENT CD is filled with fantastic music. Each tune is different and exciting!!! Bravo!!!