Bob Brozman has often been accused by blues purists of being too busy and demonstrative. Not that he cares. Still, much as I find some of his eccentricities fun, especially live, it’s nice to hear him lay back and focus once in a while. Get Together is the ultimate album if you want to hear that facet of Bob’s music. This partnership with Woody Mann - himself a legend of acoustic blues guitar - is an occasion for both of them to compose intricate two-guitar blues-jazz tunes that are just an absolute delight to listen to.
What I find particularly appealing with this record is the fact that while the basic vocabulary remains that of acoustic blues with a touch of swing, the arrangements are laden with two (or more) part harmonies which you never hear in traditional blues. There’s a great variety in the tunes as well so this doesn’t get repetitive at all.
From the uplifting opener Heading Uptown to the romantic and melancholy closer Moonlight Kisses over Brooklyn, you’ll be taken on a musical trip that crosses the deep south (with Tampa Slow Grind and Where the Southern Cross the Dog), travels abroad (with the Latin tinged Danca do Gato) and - if you’re like me - you’ll cry listening to the intense sobriety of Bob and Woody’s interpretation of Death Don’t Have No Mercy.
This is one of the records in my collection which I would least willingly part with.