A guitarist’s guitarist Bob Brozman has died at the age of 59 the Santa Cruz Sentinel has reported indicating that he was found dead at home on Tuesday. Brozman was a very eclectic guitarist and genres were no barrier to his approach, as happy in jazz, the blues and world music styles. Best known as a slide guitarist he used a National resonator instrument and hollow neck acoustic steel guitars and played often in Britain and Ireland, recording in recent years Six Days In Down in the north of Ireland with traditional Irish musician uilleann piper John McSherry and fiddler Dónal O’Connor, joined by singer Stephanie Makem. Brozman travelled the globe and collaborated as he put it in the notes to the album after a lifetime “collaborating with musicians from tropical islands, I thought a cold-climate island project would be interesting and challenging.” The music on this album is in some ways a snapshot of his overall approach making the connection here between disparate musics, in this case Irish folk music, Malian sounds and Arabic modes, with Brozman playing a tricone guitar, and Hawaiian guitar, just some of the instruments he liked to use. Jazz guitarist Martin Taylor, among a host of musicians and fans marking the passing of Brozman on social networking sites commented: “Very sad to hear the news about Bob Brozman. We worked together many times in the US and Europe.”
Bob Brozman above pictured in 2010
photo: Moving on Music
World music magazine Songlines has just announced its annual Music Awards voted by Songlines readers and the general public. Best artist is Angélique Kidjo for Spirit Rising; best group Lo’Jo for the album Cinéma el Mundo on World Village; the cross-cultural collaboration awards goes to Dub Colossus for their album Dub Me Tender Vol 1+2; and newcomer is Mokoomba for Rising Tide.
Lo’Jo’s Cinéma El Mundo issued by World Village in the autumn hits the spot for jazz fans as well and not just because Robert Wyatt crops up along the way. Lo’Jo, from Angers, have been round the block a bit with many albums under their belt already and so you’re in safe hands here. Funky, a mix of sounds, with a bit of chanson and dub Denis Péan’s voice is endearing as are the backing vocals of Nadia Nid El Mourid and Yamina Nid El Mourid. Open ended, socially conscious, and unpretentious, it’s no wonder they’re festival favourites in world-music land, and very jazz-friendly as well. ‘Tout est Fragile’ is the pick of the tunes but there are lots of good ones to dip into.