Jack Broad: Current
Jack Broad (guitar)
Current (Jack Broad 8-84501-03067-0)
Jack Broad (guitar).
Composed by Jack Broad.
Recorded: Jersey City, NJ, March 2007-June 2008
Rating: 93/100 (learn more)
The number of young jazz guitarists directly influenced by either Charlie Christian or Wes Montgomery is dwindling. Nowadays, the main guitar influences are Metheny, Scofield, Frisell, Abercrombie, and Rosenwinkel. Jack Broad describes the music on his Current CD as "guitar-oriented, electronic, modern jazz/fusion." The recording is self-produced, to say the least, with "all songs composed, programmed, performed, recorded and mixed by Jack Broad." He did not, however, do the mastering or take the photos. Despite that, this impressive debut will be much appreciated by lovers of contemporary jazz guitar, in all its many guises.
"Current" contains a Metheny-like circular theme and an assertive Broad solo that most recalls Rosenwinkel in terms of structure, ideas, clean lines and ringing tone. Broad's sure technique extends beyond his proficient guitar playing. The seamless electronic keyboard, bass and drum tracks that he programmed and mixed are very engaging and complement his guitar work perfectly. Ethereal voices are effectively layered in at times as well. Elsewhere on the CD, Broad shows that he can rock out with the best of them and create more dissonant, highly provocative soundscapes, but on this title track he gives us an overview of his basic stylistic foundations, from which the possibilities are endless.
Reviewer: Scott Albin