Alan Broadbent


Savant SCD 2198
Alan Broadbent Trio
Like Minds

Alan Broadbent is one of New Zealand's favorite musical sons and perhaps the most well-known and multi-talented of them all. Many are familiar with his arranging and conducting for Sir Paul McCartney, Diana Krall, Pat Metheny and Michael Bublé. Others may know Broadbent has received 8 Grammy nominations and won 2 Grammy Awards for Best Orchestral Arrangement Accompanying a Vocal, one for Natalie Cole and one for Shirley Horn. On LIKE MINDS, Broadbent takes a seat on the piano bench for his third Savant recording with his trio featuring the great bassist Harvie S and the colorful drumming of Billy Mintz. Together these men play with notable clarity and poise, and their performances – even those of familiar standards – are wonderfully tuneful, sometimes whimsical and often moving, with the overall effect always coming across as coolly engaging and totally spontaneous. “I'm averse to playing what I jokingly call 'big band trio arrangements,' where everybody plays the rhythmic hits,” Broadbent explains. “I'll get a big band if I want to do that. For me, for the trio, I want it to change every time.” Spontaneous and off-the-cuff these 9 tracks may be but the closer you listen, the more inventive and exquisitely crafted they sound, with the recording showing that, without a doubt, these three superb musicians are of like minds indeed.

ALAN BROADBENT, piano • Harvie S, bass • Billy Mintz, drums

TRACKS: This I Dig of You • Prelude to Peace • With the Wind and the Rain in Your Hair • Dance Only with Me • Airegin • Stairway to the Stars • Blue Pearl • This Is New • Yardbird Suite

 This I Dig of You

 Blue Pearl

 This is New

 Yardbird Suite

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