Concert Reviews

David Bromberg Big Band, Al Kooper and the Funky Faculty - The Egg, April 2, 2011

Written by by B.A. Nilsson – Metroland

After David Bromberg sang the first mournful chorus of “Diamond Lil” (“A man should never gamble . . .”), Peter Ecklund placed his muted cornet to his lips and blew one of the most perfectly crafted choruses I’ve ever heard. The fact that it’s not surprising doesn’t make it any less wonderful to experience. Ecklund is the same age as Bromberg, which means that both could be collecting Social Security, and both have roots in a century of American music-making, where any borders between jazz and folk, folk and rock, rock and you-name-it are just a blur.

Saturday’s concert at the Egg was a double bill, with rock icon Al Kooper playing the opening set with his bandmates from Berklee, the Funky Faculty. Kooper and Bromberg have intersected many times during their careers; both have played and recorded with Bob Dylan, and Kooper’s set included “It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry,” which might otherwise have been on the Bromberg set.

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