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Brian Torff

Brian Torff

While he long ago established himself as a reliable sideman in such classy company as George Shearing, Marian McPart-land and Stephane Grappelli, Brian Torff pursues an earthier muse on Working On A Bassline (Bassline Records). The Chicago-born bassist, currently the music program director at Fairfield University in Connecticut, delves into deep grooves and extended techniques with his blues-jazz power trio Thunderstick, featuring guitarist Joe Beck and drummer Grisha Alexiev.

“I come from the ’60s and wanted a group that played with that kind of energy and imagination and be equally at home in a rock or jazz venue,” says Torff. “Sort of like Cream or Hendrix with a bit more jazz on top.”

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