Bobby Broom: Ask Me Now
Ask Me Now
Bobby Broom (guitar)
Bobby Broom Plays for Monk (Origin 82534)
Bobby Broom (guitar),
Dennis Carroll (bass), Kobie Watkins (drums).
Composed by Thelonious Monk.
Recorded: Barrington, IL, January 23-25, 2009
Rating: 92/100 (learn more)
I enjoy the cover, with its playful reference to a classic Monk LP. But the music is the real treat here. Bobby Broom has played on some big stages in his career, yet he also knows how to create an intimate sound—imagine a trio of world class musicians strolling into your apartment and playing so under-the-radar that the neighbors on four sides and super don't even get a whiff of what's going down. This is one of those types of performances. The joy here is in the sweet little things: the attack of the comping chords, the sly shaping of the phrases, and the pop of the unexpected notes (the way Monk would've done if he'd plucked the six strings). Broom shows again that he is one of the most musical guitarists of our times, a player who can improvise what he hears and not just what his fingers have learned by rote. There are plenty of Monk tribute CDs on the market, but you should make room in your little red shopping cart for this release.
Reviewer: Ted Gioia