Brian Bromberg Celebrates Being Home – and Nowhere Else – for the holidays with New Album, Recorded in Quarantine – Celebrate Me Home: The Holiday Sessions.
The album Features an Eclectic Mix of Songs in a Wide Array of Styles, with an All-Star Cast Including Najee, Everette Harp, Maysa, Elan Trotman and Chris Walker.
That stylistic diversity is in keeping with the eclectic choice of material on the album, which includes many of the expected Yuletide classics (“The Christmas Song,” “Deck the Halls”) but also such pop hits as Donny Hathaway’s “This Christmas” and Paul McCartney’s “Wonderful Christmastime,” José Feliciano’s “Feliz Navidad,” a smash hit that is rarely reprised, and a pair of heartfelt original compositions.
For all of the improbabilities facing its creation, Celebrate Me Home: The Holiday Sessions. ended up being a lively and deeply felt project of which Bromberg is deservedly proud. “The one thing that I hope people will hear on the record is honesty,” he concludes. “I really think you can hear that we’re all having fun and that my heart was in it, 100 percent.”
For a virtuoso jazz bassist and world-renowned producer, quarantined in his Southern California home during a global pandemic and contemplating an uncertain future, the holidays would seem to be the last thing on one’s mind. The chameleonic Brian Bromberg has never been one to follow the expected path, however. With live gigs cancelled and the opportunity for collaboration complicated by social distancing, Bromberg virtually assembled a stellar cohort of musicians to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year on Celebrate Me Home: The Holiday Sessions.
Celebrate Me Home: The Holiday Sessions takes its title from the Kenny Loggins classic, co-written by Bob James, which feels all the more poignant given our current circumstances. Gorgeously expressed by vocalist Chris Walker, the song achingly captures the yearning for a return to familiar surroundings and loved ones that many of us are feeling right now, regardless of the season.
Brian Bromberg: Kiesel B25 Electric Bass(1-3, 5, 9, 12); nylon string acoustic piccolo bass (1, 3, 5); Hollow body Piccolo Bass (2, 4, 6, 7-10, 12); Acoustic Bass (4, 7, 11); Upright Bass (6, 8, 10); Drums (11)
Tom Zink: Keyboards (1-3, 5, 9) Piano (4, 6-9, 10-12)
Everette Harp: Tenor Saxophone (1)
Tony Moore: Drums (1-3, 5, 7)
Ray Fuller: Rhythm Guitar (1-3, 5, 7)
Alex Acuña: (1, 5-7, 9-10, 12)
The Social Distancing Orchestra: Violins, Violas and Cellos (1, 3, 5, 7, 10)
Andrew Neu: Alto, Tenor, and Baritone Saxophones (2, 4, 6, 8, 11-12)
Michael Stever: Trumpet (2, 4, 6, 8, 11-12) Piccolo Trumpet (2)
Nick Lane: Trombone (2, 4, 6, 8, 11-12)
Maysa: Vocals (4)
Chris Walker: Vocals (4, 7)
Tom McCauley: Acoustic Rhythm Guitar (4)
Joel Taylor: Drums (6, 9-10, 12)
Kareem Thompson: Steel Pan Drums (6)
Gary Meek: Tenor Sax (8)
Ramon Stagnaro: Rhythm Guitar (10, 12)
Najee: Flute (12)
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