Guitarist Bruce Forman entered the 21st century as one of the strongest, most notoriously swinging bebop and mainstream jazz guitarists in Los Angeles. Since then he has convinced his fans that his branded musical style known as Formanism is in high demand across the jazz genre and other similar musical genres. With The Book of Forman (Formanism Volume II), Bruce and his bandmates – drummer Marvin Smitty Smith and bassist Alex Frank- takes his musical identity to another level on 11 great tracks that are as vital as jazz gets and where the swing is.
Forman wrote 8 of the 11 songs and covers Lerner & Loewe’s “On The Street Where You Live,” Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein’s “The Song Is You,” and the Gillespie/Coots gem “You Go To My Head.” Each of these Great American Songbook standards gets a 21st century update that even the most novice of jazz fans can appreciate. The mellowness of Forman’s guitar playing also makes this recording very special and easy to listen to in the car, on the beach or with someone special. His original compositions are superb and his rhythm section really knows what it takes to make Forman’s musical visions happen.
Overall The Book of Forman (Formanism Volume II) is a joy to listen to and is among the rare new jazz discs you can put on at a party or just sit and sway to its great body music. The Bruce Forman Trio CD release party for The Book of Forman will be held at Viva Cantina in Burbank, CA Wednesday, August 26, 2015. Check it out. For more about the Bruce Forman Trio, please visit his website.