Spectrum: a broad range of varied but related ideas or objects, the individual features of which tend to overlap so as to form a continuous series or sequence – Dictionary.com. Right away I will tell you, this is not the typical album that I review, but at every opportunity, I like to promote the women musicians, especially in rock. There are many exceptional artists. The world needs to know about them and unfortunately the ladies don’t get as much recognition as they deserve. Even in the year 2020, it’s still a struggle, but from what I’ve seen, they are making some great strides and really getting noticed. One such guitarist is Nili Brosh.
Released in December 2019, Brosh’s self-produced Spectrum (Nili Brosh Music) is definitely very descriptive of this lady’s talent. It’s unlike anything I’ve heard, quite honestly. If you want a ride across a rainbow of varied music genres, this album is for you. Brosh attended Berklee College of Music and has played with artists like Andy Timmons, IRON MAIDENS and with Cirque du Soleil. Recently she has been on tour with Jennifer Batten (Jeff Beck and Michael Jackson) and Gretchen Menn (ZEPPARELLA). To hear these three on stage together would be electrifying, as they are all exceptional guitarists.
Spectrum has ten tracks and each one takes us to a different mental location. Starting off is “Cartegena”. Not what I was expecting at all, it was better! “Andalusian Fantasy” transports us across the Atlantic. It’s as if I was sitting in the studio with the band somewhere in España and absorbing Brosh’s modern Flamenco guitar interpretation. Just exquisite. A total surprise next is “Circus Wedding”. Beginning with the music of a big top calliope, she joins accordion, acoustic and some electric guitar all with a distinct Italian flare. I would expect with all the various instruments playing in this short three minute tune they have “become joined” together. For some reason, I could smell a pizza in the oven, too.
Next we travel northwest from Italy to catch “Rachel In Paris”. Brosh introduces the combination of accordion and violin with a very deliberate bass line. So many moving parts, it’s hard to keep up, but they combine into a cool effort. If you are in need of some comfort, “Solace” will do just that. Brosh brings jazz guitar to life and gets into a very tasty solo very much in the style of Joe Satriani. She then brings you back down to Earth and calmly evaporates. So what next can there possibly be? “Retractable Intent” \m/etals up the chops and it’s like a potent mix of Angel Vivaldi and Professor Satchafunkilis. It’s a hard-hitting punch to the face.
“Desert Deja Vu” is a fast and slow ride, a bit difficult to describe, but all I can say is she is not even close to being done. “D Jentrification” pulls out the stops and fills in with everything else that she previously left out. It’s everything but the kitchen sink (hell, I think Brosh could get the kitchen sink to make music). When I got to this point, my brain was starting to max out. “Primal Feels,” starts out slow, pulling you along then pounding your senses with a blistering solo before it brings you back down. This is one incredible four and a half minute expedition.
Finishing up this rocket ride is “Resistance Piece”. While at this final point all I can say is that this is most definitely not the end. Just awesome. Nili Brosh brings it ALL home, sparing nothing. It’s been a long time since I’ve heard so many elements in such detailed and well composed songs. Everyone one is just excellent. I highly recommend checking out Spectrum. Nicely done! Salude’.
STANDOUT TRACKS: ALL OF THEM
-MARK “\M/ETAL \M/ESSIAH” EHRLICH