Bob Brozman, one of the greatest guitarists of our time, has left us a few days ago. His body was found dead at his home in California, on April 24. Daniel Thomas, his longtime collaborator and producer, told the Guardian that Brozman suffered a lot in recent years, issues of an incident in which he had been involved in the eighties, the problems that caused him much pain, but prevented him from playing as he knew and wanted. In particular, with his left hand he could not play the steel guitar and during the sessions of his latest album, “Fire in the Mind”, released in 2012, there were times when he was forced to suspend and this was extremely difficult for him .
Brozman was a careful and innovative scholar, as well as a resonator guitar virtuoso, commonly called Dobro, in which he made major innovations, both in the stylistic and technical field. Among its instruments there is indeed – as you can read in the Wikipedia page dedicated to him – “a baritone version of the tricone resonator guitar, to the development of which has actively contributed in the second half of the nineties.
Throughout his long career he has collaborated with virtuosos from all over the world, recording memorable and unique albums. These include “Mahima” (2003) with Debashish Bhattacharya (India), “Digdig” (2002) with Rene Lacaille (Mascarene Islands), “Songs of the Volcano” (2005) with Papua New Guinea Stringbands, “Nankuru Naisa” and “Jin Jin” (2001 and 2000) with Takashi Hirayasu (Okinawa), “Ocean blues” (2000) Djeli Moussa Diawara (Guinea), “Four hands sweet and hot” (1999) with Cyril Pahinui (Hawaii).
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