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Bob Brozman picked up a guitar at the age of 5 and even at that young age was showing a fascination with repeating melodies and their subtle progressions of rhythm and timbre. Aged 12, Brozman’s interest in blues lead him to discover the National guitar and he subsequently launched a quest for any music made on the instrument, discovering Hawaiian music and a variety of jazz styles in ... Read more in Amazon's Bob Brozman Store

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  • Audio CD (31 Oct. 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: RUF
  • ASIN: B000AS1HLI
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 195,451 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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  5. Vieux Kanyar Blues 2:55£0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. Poor Me 4:40£0.99  Buy MP3 
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  8. Little Tough Guy Blues 1:33£0.99  Buy MP3 
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10. It's Mercy We Need 2:29£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Bob Brozman is an established and prolific recording artist, performer, producer and author, a non-stop world traveller and tireless researcher in ethnomusicology. His work with musicians from around the world in the past several years has marked him as not only a virtuoso musician and slide guitarist, but also as a pioneer in finding a common thread among global musical cultures. A full menu of tones and timbres are provided on this new all-acoustic album, featuring Bob's musical prowess on several National guitars, Bear Creek Hawaiian guitars, baglama, percussion and vocals, and he is joined by drummer Greg Graber on three tracks. Blending Bob's deepest blues roots with the many influences from his worldwide travels, Blues Reflex digs down and pays tribute to the artists and sounds that drove Bob to the music, while taking it further to the edge than ever before.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By PNL on 30 April 2006
Format: Audio CD
By mixturing himself playing a variety of intruments, but in particlar the National Steel guitar, Bob creates an incredible album which reflect influences from around the world. At the same time he captures the good humoured modesty which he brings to live performance. Bob is probably the only other guitarist who Bob could play with to create an album like this. That being said don't miss him with Woody Mann or on 'The Music of the Volcanoes' or anyone else he's on album with - in fact don't miss him at all if you ever get a chance to see him.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Dave on 21 July 2008
Format: Audio CD
If your a guitar player buy this. There are many licks on here that are true genius and the tone he gets out of those National Resonators is sublime - I've bought a few Brozman albums recently and this is the one where he's at his creative best and most free. It's the closest to seeing him live (other than the 'Live Now' album also recommended)
You can hear all his influences here, the styles of Robert Johnson and Charley Patton are brilliantly and lovingly portrayed but you can also hear the influence of his more recent collaborators such as Rene Lacaille and Debhashish Bhattacharya. The overall sound is of all these guys jamming and having the time of their lives.

The only negative is that the singing is a little wayward in places (like other Brozman Records - and also like those old 30's recordings) However, in other places the vocals are among his best.

Brozman is a true student of his art - for me, one of the most interesting things about his music is being able to hear development in his playing on each record.

Make this one of your first three Brozman puchases - also get 'Devils Slide' and 'Lumiere'
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Amazon surprises me! 13 Feb. 2006
By Pharoah S. Wail - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This album came out in 2004 but was available only through Bob's site ([...] I bought it via mailorder back then. I didn't realize it was available here until last night when I was going to go back and review another Brozman album I haven't reviewed yet. I'm surprised this is here, but now I also wonder "If this is here then where are the other albums previously only available through Bob's site?".

Aside from 3 tracks with drums, this is a solo (with various overdubs) Brozman disc. To compare it to one of the others available at his site, this cd could be considered a studio cousin of Live NOW but with more texture due to the overdubs. I know sometimes people freak out about overdubs but there is no need here. There's nothing artificial sounding about this album. Bob plays perfectly off of himself. The overdubs just allow us to have that much more of a good thing... Bob's touch, tone, and rhythmic sensibility. Just to give you a sense of what I mean, here's the instrumentation (straight from the liner notes) for one track... Charley Patton's Poor Me.

"1st section - Weissenborn Hawaiian guitar; Bear Creek Baritone 7-string Hawaiian guita; rouler; vocal.

2nd section - Bear Creek Kona Rocket Hawaiian guitar; National Baritone Tricone guitar; rouler"

Since this site doesn't give a tracklist, here it is... 13 songs and about 45 minutes long. Dead Cat on the Line, Rattlesnake Blues, One Steady Roll, Death Come Creepin, Vieux Kanyar Blues, Poor Me, Cypress Grove Blues, Little Tough Guy Blues, New Guinea Blues, It's Mercy We Need, Mean World Blues, More Room at the Edge, Workman's Song.

I love this album! The first couple times I listened to it I wasn't really digging it but I must have been having mental problems that day. Since then I love it. At various points it seems to expand upon other Brozman-related releases. If you have (from his site, not available here) Rolling Through This World, you'll notice one track here seems like it could be a great, lost (and found) track from that album. A couple tunes here show Bob's newfound love and admiration for the music of Reunion Island, and the catchiest song here (at least for me), Mean World Blues, shows Bob doing this great impression of Tommy Johnson, vocally! (Or I guess it could be his impression of the guy from the Mississippi Sheiks who also did it sometimes, but since I don't have any Sheiks as old as Tommy's recordings I've always assumed it was the Sheiks guy doing his impersonation of Tommy and not the other way around. Stop & Listen Blues No. 2 from the Violin, Sing the Blues for Me disc is a great example of the Sheiks guy doing his Tommy style). Bob does it over this great, jumpy little beat though. It's unlike anything Tommy utilized.

You get a bit of everything that is Bob on this album. His upbeat, percussive-styled guitar playing topped off with entertaining Vaudevillian (at least to me) vocals, as well as the other end... some slow, emotionally heavy, deeper stuff. If you like the music (he has changed the vocal style/lyrics completely, so I just mean the music here) of New Guinea Blues you'll want to get the Songs of the Volcano album. One of the bands on that album is the direct inspiration for the music on this track.

Of the "website only" albums he's released in the past few years, this, Live NOW and Rolling Through This world are my favorites. I'm still not a fan of more than a couple tracks of Metric Time. Also add in Ocean Blues as a great one. I love that album but it did used to be available here. Now I think it's only his site or the label's site. I'd think any fan of Brozman would love Blues Reflex.
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New blues 30 Dec. 2009
By IRate - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
3 1/2

Brozman can get lost in his own technical quirkiness at times, but the distinctive guitarist certainly seizes every opportunity to turn the familiar into something new- and often succeeds.
A virtuoso on the slide guitar 17 April 2013
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Brozman has an engraving on his guitar bridge saying "Just because you can, doesn't mean you should".

I found Brozman on YouTube while looking into National Resonator guitars and the main reason I bought this album, was to hear a baritone National Resonator guitar used in performance. The National Resonator is the gold standard of resonator guitars (or should I say nickel-steel standard?). The low tones on his tri-cone is incredible, but there are several times on this album where I feel Brozman ventures into a technical intricacy, not because the music required it, but just because he can.

Sometimes less is more and as a solo performer, I would have liked to hear him simplify his attack on several of his instrumentals so the music and not the instrument dominates. The instrument is a means to an end, not an end itself.

That being said, Brozman has an amazing command of the slide guitar and if you want to hear how far he can take it, this album will show you. Wow!
Not my kind of blues 14 Mar. 2014
By ADF - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Recently heard about this guy while looking into guitar materials. I'm a longtime blues/slide fan, and while I can appreciate Brozman's unique virtuousity on the instrument (I've never seen anyone so proficient on the acoustic slide guitar), to me his blues playing totally lacks the soul or depth of emotion that makes the genre great to begin with. His flashy style leaves little room for the simple hooks, repetition, and melodies that make the best blues so hard hitting and memorable. It's just all over the place.

A lot of my distaste comes from his singing, which is horrendous. The worst. It is grating and feels very contrived.

For a guy who knew so much about blues music and its originators, it really seems like he misses the point.

Maybe his international/world music albums are better...but Brozman the bluesman? No thanks..not for me.
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