Blue Hula Stomp Bob Brozman


Kicking Mule
Catalogue Id:
KMCD 3905

Shiny National Resophonic (Steel) guitars abound on this 1981 album centred round the music of Hawaii with occasional excursions to the Delta and Brozman's own eclecticism

Another of Ace's Kicking Mule reissues,the Bob Brozman's compilation of National guitar music. Brozman elevated the genre of steel guitar playing drawing from a wealth of academic knowledge and using his talent for versatility. He had a knack for switching between styles with ease and grace, shifting from Delta blues, rags, classic jazz and Hawaiian tunes as though they were natural progressions of one another. And his delivery, bearing a sense of urgency and spirit, is uniquely his own. Brozman's stylistic influences peaked in popularity before radio became a household appliance and technology afforded means of projecting to a large audience. He looked back to the music of the early 20th Century for his inspiration. Consequently, his music is loud but clear, stamping but subtle, spontaneous and multi-textured. On Blue Hula Stomp all the above is clearly rendered for your ears. In Body And Soul Brozman plays the Hawaiian guitar with a jazzy expression-.-in C Stamp Blues he blends Delta-blues with triplet-fingerpicking borrowed from Hawaiian guitar right-hand playing-.-and in Blue Hula Stamp's bass duet he mixes ragtime and early jazz guitar. Brozman's guitar playing is a landmark in its genre, as enjoyable to listen to today as it was when it was first produced.


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