Bruce Forman Trio | The Book of Forman: Formanism, Vol. II

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The Book of Forman: Formanism, Vol. II

by Bruce Forman Trio

Bebop Power Trio, exuberant and swinging guitar, bass and drums, a musical thrill ride!!!
Genre: Jazz: Bebop
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2. The Epic Cure
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3. On the Street Where You Live
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4. Pc Jones
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6. The Song Is You
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7. You Go to My Head
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Album Notes
A Review:
Bruce Forman entered the 21st century as one of the strongest, most notoriously swinging bebop and mainstream jazz guitarists around. Since then, he has taken a confident virtuoso walkabout through other genres and formats, both adjacent and distant from his earlier career. He is making it look easy, and staking out a comfortable place in a new musical style that’s only played by one band—Cow Bop.
Now Forman gives us a strong trio playing original compositions and some favorites from the American songbook on his new album, The Book of Forman. Sporting a bit of humor in the title, Bruce depicts a door-to-door missionary visit to raise up listeners new and old.
Strong? Make that an all-star trio! Drummer Marvin Smitty Smith has worked with the greatest jazz players in the world for years—Branford Marsalis, Herbie Hancock, George Shearing, Ray Brown, and so many others. Bassist Alex Frank is lighting his own path, in the early part of a career that finds him in high demand across jazz and other styles.
The arrangements on The Book of Forman are inventive and energetic. The players are hearing each other by the millisecond and responding with taste and verve. No matter where you start listening, within a few seconds the music on this album will distinguish itself from anything you’ve ever heard. So, start where you like. But don’t stop until you’ve heard it all!

The Liner Notes:
A friend of mine once complained that so many people are on Prozac that they've pissed it into the water table and now everyone is mellow. I brought this up with an executive at the Department of Water and Power and while he found it interesting he called security anyway and I wound up at a club catching the Bruce Forman Trio. They were going crazy, and I wondered if these guys ever touched the water? This music was so alive.
This is a Bebop Power in the pocket it’s scary. They swing like mad, and even when they play nice it's ballsy. No punches pulled. Three superb jazz players—two veterans and a new cat on bass—pushing the form not to the avant brainy outside but back to the core, where the swing is, the heart of jazz. They just take each tune and make it a joy or a thrill. This is as vital as the music gets, and is that rare new jazz disc you can put on at a party and watch the people bop and sway to it. Guitar jazz as body music. It is possible. Jazz needs more of this.



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