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David Bromberg

 

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time, as he explored a unique way of developing the blues.

Bromberg's art is extreme, and it comes through best in live performances, in numbers lasting up to fifteen minutes or longer. It is rooted in the improvisatory origins of the blues and in the comic side the music has always had in African American tradition, but Bromberg goes beyond its previous limits, drastically expanding blues lines with dazzling infixes that are sardonic and funny because of their sheer outsized irrepressibility. They resist reproduction on the printed page, but in "Will Not Be Your Fool" the relatively conventional opening stanza's closing line

I'll be your lover or your friend, darling,

But I'll be goddamned if I'm ever gonna be your fool.
expands ultimately to
I'll see everyone you ever knew, loved, touched, stood next to, heard of, smelt, felt, dreamed about in your life or any of your descendants' lives--down to the 168th person

Roasted and tortured in hell for one billion trillion years, sixteen eternities, twenty-seven forevers, eleven thousand years after that,

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