JazzWeekly reviews Kristen R. Bromley Quintet: Bluish Tide

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Kristen R. Bromley Quintet: Bluish Tide

If you’re a guitar fan of the straight-ahead variety, get a load of this lady Kristen R. Bromley. Her style is a melding together of vintage Wes  Montgomery, Pat Martino and a dash of Pat Metheny-what more do you want, buddy?

She fronts a simpatico team of Ray Smith/ts-fl, Steve Erickson/p, Matt  Larson/b and Jay Lawrence/dr through a collection of hip originals, with a gorgeous hymn thrown in for good measure. Her octaves are tasty and serve up a Sunday service well on “O Great God-How Great Thou Art” whle she does a nifty R&Bish “Faith Preceded My Miracle” with Smiths preachy tenor sax. She boogaloos in blue on “Groove O’Clock Time” and the team runs through the tricky obstacle course of “Pillar of Fire” like veteran Marine sergeants. The strings are easy on “Just Walkin’” with Smith, while the two get down and funky on a foot stomping “Junkyard Dog”. The moods are misty for “Paint Me A Picture My Love” with Smith feathery on the flute, and the team is luminous for “Through The Veil”. Repeated rewards.


Kari Gaffney

Kari Gaffney

Since 1988 Kari-On Productions has helped artists get an even footing in the industry through jazz promotion in the genres of Jazz, World & Latin Jazz through Jazz Radio and Publicity. Why do we do both, because they compliment each other, and we care about fiscal longevity for the artist.

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