Review: Bob Brozman
THE SUN, Gold Coast, AUS
6 March 2002
New Yorker Bob Brozman brings his internationally acclaimed brand of blues, slide, hot jazz, Hawaiian and Caribbean guitar to the Gold Coast Arts Festival on Sunday afternoon.
Bob needs no introduction to guitar and blues aficionados who will already have heard him on two previous Australian tours.
Bob Brozman - King of the National Guitar
While truly a guitarist's guitarist and musician's musician, his music and humour provide an accessible platform for the uninitiated to easily enjoy.
His following here is growing at such a rapid rate, this concert is being staged in the main theatre rather than the Arts Restaurant.
If you haven't yet experienced Brozman's soulful mastery of guitar, it's time to get down to the festival for a rare treat.
Bob has built a reputation for startlingly original performances on a variety of instruments including his famous National guitars.
Then there's slide guitars, mandolin, and ukulele, all of which he plays with equally brilliant techniques.
Bob's fingerwork has been described din the world press as 'uniquely staggering, yet full of humour' and he's a veritable encyclopedia of musical history.
Brozman describes himself as a musician, entertainer, and ethnomusicologist, adding a study of Hawaiian music to his raw blues knowledge.
Audiences and critics alike are enthralled by his infectious energy, his rhythmic dexterity resonating with elements of blues, jazz, gypsy swing, calypso, sega, and even the most modern hip-hop and ska beats.
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