April 1, 2011 – 10:43 am

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Roslyn 1976 [no label, 1CD]

Live at My Father’s Place, Old Roslyn, NY; October 19, 1976. Very good soundboard (FM “1st gen” reel). Show has been listed as Oct 6 and Oct 16 respectively but the notes on the source tape specifically say Oct 19.

David Bromberg must have been an influential musician (or a musician’s musician, as they call him) - otherwise how could he had roped in George Harrison, Emmylou Harris, Ricky Scaggs to work with him? He was also a guitarist in Jerry Jeff Walker’s band and played with Willie Nelson and Jerry Garcia.

And when Bromberg released Try Me One More Time in 2007, David Fricke of Rolling Stone magazine gushed:

The extraordinary folk-blues guitarist David Bromberg has strolled back into the spotlight as abruptly as he resigned from it nearly three decades ago, when he dissolved his fantastic and popular touring band in 1980 to study violin making. Bromberg, who now runs his own successful workshop, eventually turned his back on recording altogether: His delightful new solo-acoustic set, Try Me One More Time (Appleseed), is Bromberg’s first album since 1989. But the ink-sketch cover portrait aptly echoes the one on his 1971 Columbia LP, David Bromberg. The fluid, orchestral invention of Bromberg’s fingerpicking - his original calling card on pivotal late-Sixties and Seventies sessions for Jerry Jeff Walker (”Mr. Bojangles”) and Bob Dylan (New Morning) - is in undiminished bloom, invigorating sturdy old blues and ballads by Robert Johnson, Reverend Gary Davis and Elizabeth Cotten, among others.

Just because David Bromberg was a folkie and had worked with Bob Dylan, some saw Bromberg as another Dylan in the making. But Bromberg was much more far ranging that what some prescribed. In the early ’90s when Dylan needed inspiration for a new album or direction, he ended up jamming with Bromberg but only two songs from the June 1992 sessions have so far been released on Tell Tale Signs: The Bootleg Series Vol 8 - Rare and Unreleased 1989-2006 - Jimmie Rodgers’ Miss The Mississippi and Duncan And Brady.

Listening to this set. musically, Bromberg seems up there together with Frank Zappa. With the horns, they add a nice New Orleans touch… in New York! But even then, isn’t that a wah-wah guitar in the background during the band intro? From New Orleans big band to a gritty, urban wah-wah mix in Danger Man, now, that’s something not many musicians will attempt. With a nasal voice, he does sound like an earlier version of Stan Ridgeway but it is the humour that grounds the songs and certainly adds to the overall “Bromberg experience”. And hunting down David Bromberg’s Americana might not be a bad way to spend the weekend.

Thanks to jpciii who shared the tracks on Dime.

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Track 01. Get Up And Go > fiddle tunes (10.4MB)
Track 02. Idle With The Golden Head (8.4MB)
Track 03. Jugband Song Church Lady Blues (?) (12.2MB)
band intro
Track 04. Danger Man (6.9MB)
Track 05. Nobody’s (10.3MB)
Track 06. Yankee’s Revenge (11.0MB)
Track 07. Nobody’s Fault But Mine (8.1MB)
Track 08. Statesboro Blues/Church Bell Blues (10.1MB)
Track 09. Come On In My Kitchen (5.4MB)
Track 10. Send Me To The ‘Lectric Chair (12.0MB)
Track 11. I Will Not Be Your Fool (14.5MB)

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  1. 15 Responses to “DAVID BROMBERG - ROSLYN, NY 1976”

  2. Song #3 is called Jugband Song. It can be found on Bromberg’s “Demon in Disguise” album (1972.)

    By The Wizard on Apr 1, 2011

  3. Hello Wizard

    Thanks for your feedback. Cheers.

    By bigozine2 on Apr 1, 2011

  4. Hey man great stuff Top more from this Sound!!!!!

    By Udo on Apr 1, 2011

  5. That’s ‘Idol’ With The Golden Head from the Coasters songbook, a Leiber-Stoller tune if I’m not mistaken, playting the same field as Smokey Joe’s Cafe.
    I saw his “How Late’ll You Play To’ band in the early seventies and they were a HOOT with the horns and guys like John Firmin who doubled on sax AND bluegrass country fiddle (!) and a legend from the Even Dozen Jug Band from the early 60s, Bob Gurland who played MOUTH Trumpet (yes that’s right, trumpet with ONLY his MOUTH, pursing his lips JUST right and standing next to two horn players and giving them a go. He was a member of The Even Dozen Jug Band who released one LP on Elektra that featured as members Maria D’Amto (later known as Muldaur), Geoff Muldaur, Joshua Rifkin (orchestrator for Judy Collins’ Both Sides Now and Baroque Beatle Lp on Elektra), Steve Katz (Blood, Sweat & Tears) John Sebastian (Lovin’ Spoonful) and one or two I’m not recalling right now.
    Gurland was a Phenomenon. He also played later with Paula Lockhart & Peter Eklund on Flying Fish, I believe. I’ll bet Gurland’s here. Can’t wait to hear the band intros. Thanks for this.

    By Duncanmusic on Apr 1, 2011

  6. Ooops, that’s Maria D’Amato not yet Muldaur.
    The Even Dozen Jug Band has been reissued under different names sometimes… very New York City Folk whizzes.

    By Duncanmusic on Apr 1, 2011

  7. ‘Church Lady Blues’ probably should properly be called “I Asked For Water (She Gave Me Gasoline)” which appears as the title on many other artists’ collections (anywhere from Howlin Wolf to Lucinda Williams). Haven’t got a copy of Wolf doing it, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he stuck his name on HIS version at least. I would guess it has deep rural country blues roots, to say the least. If Wolf didn’t right it, he suire heard the phrase somewhere.
    I seem to remember Dave Kelly from the Uk doing it also (probably the first time I saw the title) on one of those British Bluse Compilations from the mid 60s that had Mayall, Page, Clapton, Cyril Davies,Savoy Brown etc on them.

    By Duncanmusic on Apr 2, 2011

  8. Oddly enough, it’s Peter Eklund on Trumpet who replaced Bob Gurland in the band. He’s still playing ‘78′ style jazz.

    By Duncanmusic on Apr 2, 2011

  9. First of all, thanx 1000 G Big O for posting this prime set of “The David” at his prime!

    Keep up the good work! (and also thanks for the Rolling Stones, Elvis, Squeeze, and Sonny Rollins as well!)

    I just saw him last night at the Tarrytown Music Hall (Dave’s hometown) and he’s still got it, and then some!

    Highly recommended!!!!

    By dober on Apr 2, 2011

  10. I will not be your fool (Track 11) is simply THE BEST blues song ever performed live. There comes a time in a man’s life that this song just says it ALL. Period. Thank you for the post. Great band too.

    By HytekFred on Apr 3, 2011

  11. Fabulous stuff! Many thanks.

    By elmore on Apr 9, 2011

  12. And then there’s this:


    He just gets funnier and funnier! Love it, Big O! Thanks!

    By golgo hakase on Apr 20, 2011

  13. After listening to this and remembering how good he is, I went looking for Americana. I found 11 albums but not that one, I’ve had my fix of Dave for a bit. He’s still touring around Michigan and Illinois, found him on Facebook. Class act. Gave it up to make violins for a while. OK, compare him to Stan Ridgeway, or some Butterfield / Chicago Blues, but he’s kind of unique. Not Frank Zappa though, please - America’s favourite Frank is beyond compare, he’s Godlike, nobody comes close in many ways.

    By HytekFred on Apr 28, 2011

  14. Caught the quintet 2/22–He did a song he wrote for his wife with a hook line that went somethin like “and you gotta mean it too”—
    This was the song–he always does one–that brought tears to my eyes.
    Anybody got the title or a link to a recording of the song?
    Thanks and thank you David.

    By Mike McGinley on Feb 25, 2014

  15. didn’t know this man before,he’s very clear in his
    playing and singing…thanks a lot

    By easy on Oct 2, 2015

  16. Many thanks for this my friend. Just saw Bromberg’s 70th Birthday Bucket List Bash at the Town Hall in NYC with Jerry Jeff Walker, John Fulbright and Bromerg’s Big Band.

    By kevlar_heart on Oct 5, 2015

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