bass Archive

Takaaki – New Kid In Town – Albany Records 

Takaaki – New Kid In Town – Albany Records 

From classical training to jazz playing with impressive results! Takaaki – New Kid In Town – Albany Records 1689 59:06**** ( Takaaki Otomo – piano; Noriko Ueda – bass; Jared Schonig – drums) It is an uncommon occurrence when a classically trained pianist makes the transition to a jazz player with such impressive results. However […]

Marc Copland – Better by Far – InnerVoice Jazz

Marc Copland – Better by Far – InnerVoice Jazz

Marc Copland – Better by Far – InnerVoice Jazz IVJ 103, 62:29 [Spring 2017] ****: Pianist Marc Copland’s quartet makes it better. (Marc Copland – piano; Ralph Alessi – trumpet; Drew Gress – double bass; Joey Baron – drums) Pianist Marc Copland is and has been a persistently clear example of the lyrical side of […]

Rufus Reid (with the Sirius Quartet) – Terrestrial Dance – Newvelle Records 

Rufus Reid (with the Sirius Quartet) – Terrestrial Dance – Newvelle Records 

Rufus Reid (with the Sirius Quartet) – Terrestrial Dance – Newvelle Records NV 012LP – audiophile vinyl LP – ****1/2 Newvelle Records continues to pursue the creative less familiar path… (Rufus Reid – bass; Steve Allee – piano; Duduka Da Fonseca – drums; with Sirius String Quartet: Fung Chern Hwei – violin; Gregor Huebner – […]

Jeff DINGLER: In Transit

Jeff DINGLER: In Transit

Jeff DINGLER: In Transit – 41:43 (9/4/17) ****; (Jeff Dingler; bass/ Brad Shepik; guitar/ Lou Rainone; piano/ Gusten Rudolph/ Josh Bailey; percussion) Ethiopian inflected jazz, both buoyant and brainy. From the title of this new release—In Transit—as well as the cover, which shows a murmuration of swallows against an orange desert sky, we gather we […]

Eivind Opsvik – Overseas V – Loyal Label

Eivind Opsvik – Overseas V – Loyal Label

Eivind Opsvik – Overseas V [TrackList follows] – Loyal Label LLCD202, 38:49 [3/17/17] ****: Bassist/composer Eivind Opsvik once again reveals his comprehensive jazz outlook. (Eivind Opsvik – mixer, producer, double bass, analog bass synthesizer, Oberheim drum machine, hand claps; Brandon Seabrook – electric guitar; Tony Malaby – tenor saxophone; Kenny Wollesen – drums, percussion, Rhythm […]

Julian & Roman WASSERFUHR – Landed in Brooklyn – ACT

Julian & Roman WASSERFUHR – Landed in Brooklyn – ACT

Julian & Roman WASSERFUHR – Landed in Brooklyn – ACT 9829-2, 56:59 (3/17/17) ****½: Beautiful charts and ensemble work, highlighted by supremely confident and accomplished trumpet playing. (Julian Wasserfuhr; trumpet & Flugelhorn/ Roman Wasserfuhr; piano, marimba, seaboard/ Donny McCaslin; tenor saxophone/ Tim Lefebvre; bass/ Nate Wood; drums) It’s nice when siblings can get along, but […]

Bobby Previte – Mass – RareNoise

Bobby Previte – Mass – RareNoise

Bobby Previte puts the massive into a Mass. Bobby Previte – Mass [TrackList follows] – RareNoise RNR072, 69:27 [11/8/16] ****: (The Rose Ensemble – 11-member chamber vocal group conducted by Jordan Sramek; Stephen O’Malley, Jamie Saft, Don McGreevy, Mike Gamble – electric guitar; Marco Benevento – pipe organ, Rheem organ, electronics; Reed Mathis – electric […]

Jasmine Lovell-Smith’s Towering Poppies – Yellow Red Blue – Paint Box

Jasmine Lovell-Smith’s Towering Poppies – Yellow Red Blue – Paint Box

A musical trip which comprises flowers to kings to family to mountains. Jasmine Lovell-Smith’s Towering Poppies – Yellow Red Blue [TrackList follows] – Paint Box, 53:18 [11/4/16] ****: (Jasmine Lovell-Smith – soprano sax, producer; Josh Sinton – bass clarinet; Cat Toren – p.; Adam Hopkins – bass; Kate Gentile – drums; Cuarteto la Matraca: Elena […]

Mary Halvorson Octet – Away With You – Firehouse

Mary Halvorson Octet – Away With You – Firehouse

Guitarist Mary Halvorson expands her band and her compositional strengths. Mary Halvorson Octet – Away With You [TrackList follows] – Firehouse 12 FH12-04-01-024, 55:53 [10/28/16] ****: (Jonathan Finlayson – trumpet; Jon Irabagon – alto saxophone; Ingrid Laubrock – tenor saxophone; Jacob Garchik – trombone; Mary Halvorson – guitar; Susan Alcorn – pedal steel guitar; John […]

Ron Boustead – Unlikely Valentine – Art-Rock Music

Ron Boustead – Unlikely Valentine – Art-Rock Music

Ron Boustead – Unlikely Valentine – Art-Rock Music, 43:56 ***: A tasty treat. (Ron Boustead – vocals; Bill Cunliffe – piano, Fender Rhodes; Hammond B-3; Mitchel Forman – piano, Fender Rhodes, Hammond B-3, accordion; John Leftwich – acoustic bass; Jake Reed – drums, percussion; Pat Kelley – acoustic & electric guitar; Bob Sheppard – saxes, […]

Dave Douglas and Frank Woeste – Dada People – Greenleaf

Dave Douglas and Frank Woeste – Dada People – Greenleaf

Making music for Man Ray’s masterful art. Dave Douglas and Frank Woeste – Dada People [TrackList follows] – Greenleaf GRE-CD-1051, 63:14 [10/14/16] ****: (Dave Douglas – trumpet, co-producer; Frank Woeste – piano, Fender Rhodes, co-producer; Matt Brewer – bass; Clarence Penn – drums) Want to appreciate an artist’s efforts in a fresh way? Then try […]

Ken Fowser, sax – Now Hear This – PosiTone

Ken Fowser, sax – Now Hear This – PosiTone

Keeping it real… Ken Fowser, sax – Now Hear This – PosiTone PR8163, 55:21 ****: (Ken Fowser – tenor sax; Josh Bruneau – trumpet/Flugelhorn; Rick Germanson – piano; Paul Gill – bass; Jason Tiemann – drums) Last year, when we reviewed Ken Fowser’s initial CD as band leader, (his previous issues for PosiTone shared the limelight […]

Howard Johnson & Gravity – Testimony – Tuscarora

Howard Johnson & Gravity – Testimony – Tuscarora

Howard JOHNSON and Gravity – Testimony – Tuscarora 17-001,  53:39, (3/3/17) ****: (Howard Johnson: BB-flat tuba, baritone sax, pennywhistle/ Velvet Brown; Ens. leader, F-tuba/ Dave Bergeron; E-flat tuba/ Earl McIntyre; E-flat tuba/ Joseph Daley; BB-flat tuba/ Bob Stewart; CC tuba/ Carlton Holmes; piano/ Melissa Slocum; bass/ Buddy Williams; drums) Low rumbles, virtuosic soloing and great […]