It Is What It Is

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Alex Acuña – Congas (1), Percussion (4,7,9,12)

Gerald Albright – Alto Sax (8), Sax (10)

Gannin Arnold – Rhythm Guitar (1,7,9,11)

Rick Braun – Trumpet (2,7)

Randy Brecker – Trumpet (1)

Brain Bromberg – Tenor Bass (1~3,5,6,10,11,13), 5 String Bass (1,2,4,5,8,10,11), 4 Sting Bass (1~3,5,8,13), Hollow Body Piccolo Bass (2,3,5,8~10), Upright Bass (3,7,9), Fretless Bass (4,12), Steel String Acoustic Piccolo Bass (4,8,11), Solid Body Piccolo Bass (5), BSX 5 String Electric Upright Bass (12), Nylon String Acoustic Piccolo Bass (12), Steel String Solid Body Piccolo Bass (13)

George Duke – Piano (4), Rhodes (5)

Richard Elliot – Tenor Sax (2), Sax (13)

Tony Guerrero – Trumpet (1~3,5,7,8,10,13)

Paul Jackson, Jr. – Rhythm Guitar (3)

Will Kennedy – Drums (2,3,5,8,10,11)

Dave Kochanski – Keyboards (3,10)

Jeff Lorber – Keyboards (1,2,5,7~10,13), Piano (2,7,9)

Eric Marienthal – Alto & Baritone Sax (1~3,5,7,8,10,13), Sax (11)

Gary Meek – Tenor Sax (1~3,5,7,8,10,13), Sax (9), Flute (7,9), Alto Sax (5)

Willie Murillo – Lead Trumpet (1~3,5,7,8,10,13)

Patrice Rushen – Piano (1,2)

Dave Ryan – Trombone (1~3,5,7,8,10,13)

Dan Siegel – Keyboards (4,11), Piano (11)

John “Jubu” Smith – Rhythm Guitar (2,3,5,8,10,13)

Ramon Stagnaro – Rhythm Guitar (12)

Dave Weckl – Drums (1,4,7,9,12,13)

Tom Zink – String Arrangement (4,9,11,12)

Brian Bromberg

It Is What It Is

On his fourth project for the Mack Avenue label imprint Artistry Music, Brian unleashes another wide palette of styles letting the chips fall where they may. It’s a decidedly funky 13-track set that features a killer horn section and includes not only evocative original compositions but also two cover songs that are sure to raise some eyebrows.

Brian Bromberg’s career began as a teenager backing saxophonist Stan Getz. In the nearly forty years since and over 20 projects in his catalog, Bromberg has established himself as a first-call master of the upright as well as electric basses, releasing more than 20 albums globally as a leader and providing low-end for the likes of Chris Botti, Lee Ritenour and Michael Bublé.

“Thicker Than Water is a record I’ve been wanting to make for a very long time,” says the dynamic bass virtuoso Brian Bromberg. “I love the upright bass. It’s where my heart and soul is. My connection with that instrument is unlike anything in my life. I also love the electric bass and really wanted to explore its endless possibilities on this project.” That love of the bass is evident across the wide-range of irresistible grooves found on Thicker Than Water, available July 13 on Artistry Music.

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