Pin It

CD Review: Bruce Forman Trio “Formanism” 

The name Bruce Forman might not ring a bell but chances are you’ve heard his music. As the guitarist of choice for Clint Eastwood when he directs films, Forman has been featured on the soundtracks of “Million Dollar Baby,” “Flags of Our Fathers” and “Hereafter.”

It’s not long into the first tune of his new album, “Formanism,” that you realize why greats like Kenny Burrell and Barney Kessel have praised Forman. He’s got the kind of fluid, melodic style that nods to both Burrell and Kessel, yet he adds a contemporary experimental flair. Forman has seemingly absorbed the finest aspects of guitar masters who have preceded him, hitting styles from jazz to classical to flamenco. His technique shifts easily from legato runs, to percussive accents and chord-oriented melodies.

No shortage of credit for the album’s great sound goes to Forman’s excellent trio members; drummer Jake Reed and bassist Gabe Noel. Their spare but rich, just-right accompaniment provides the perfect background for Forman’s excursions, from Noel’s arco playing on “Bruzette” to Reed’s versatile (read: ever-changing) technique.

Forman wrote nine out of the 11 tunes on the album (one of them with Reed) and each one has a fresh feel, showcasing his lively style. The album’s two covers are particularly well-chosen. “Flamingo” is featured in an arrangement nicely reminiscent of early Ahmad Jamal and “I’ve Told Ev’ry Little Star” is a beautiful performance of the Jerome Kern ballad.


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Browse Listings

Submit an event

Black Students at Eastman Presents: Black Composers @ Ray Wright Room 120

Works by Price, Bonds, Hailstork, Still, and more. Reception to follow....
Choral Extravaganza @ First Presbyterian Church of Pittsford

Choral Extravaganza @ First Presbyterian Church of Pittsford

Jazz Faculty Assortment @ Nazareth College Wilmot Recital Hall

View all of today's events »

  • Re: County exec race will be Dinolfo versus Bello

    • Bello was Irondequoit supervisor for two years and two and 1/2 months, Jan. 1, 2016…

    • on February 15, 2019
  • Re: County exec race will be Dinolfo versus Bello

    • So, Happy, it sounds like you agree with me. There's nothing new and exciting in…

    • on February 15, 2019
  • Re: Diner series: Mt. Hope Diner

    • I have been going here for at least 50 years, back in the Pat and…

    • on February 15, 2019
  • More »
  • This Week's Issue

    Cover Story:
    Education... means emancipation
    What would Frederick Douglass think now of the state of education in the city he loved? Seven Rochesterians – community leaders, students, and parents – offer their assessment and their advice.
    read more ...

    Tweets @RocCityNews

    © 2019 City Newspaper.

    Website powered by Foundation.