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Brian Bromberg: Thicker Than Water (Artistry)

Bassist Brian Bromberg’s 30-plus-year solo career crested with a 2002 release, Jaco, on which he deftly paid tribute to bass great Jaco Pastorius’ otherworldly combination of compositional skills and musical athleticism. Bromberg’s new CD, Thicker Than Water, like much of his catalog, primarily displays the latter. Recorded with 11 different basses, the 13-song release—featuring all … Read More “Brian Bromberg: Thicker Than Water (Artistry)”

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Houston Person & Ron Carter: Remember Love (HighNote)

The phrase “age before beauty” does not apply to the duet partnership of tenor saxophonist Houston Person and acoustic bassist Ron Carter. Sure, Remember Love is the first of their six pairings on record to occur when both are octogenarians. Yes, seven of the eight covers are more than 65 years old, and the other, … Read More “Houston Person & Ron Carter: Remember Love (HighNote)”

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Sam Bevan: Emergence (Sam Bevan)

Bassist Sam Bevan and his ensemble forge a sonic ambience that’s warm and welcoming. There’s an easygoing feel here, emotionally unforced, with lithe counterpoint and pastel harmonies inviting engagement without making the listener fear being impelled, or even guided, into realms too dangerous or challenging. The obvious point of reference would be the “cool” aesthetic … Read More “Sam Bevan: Emergence (Sam Bevan)”

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Matthew Lux’s Communication Arts Quartet: Contra/Fact (Astral Spirits)

Although Matthew Lux has long been a staple of Chicago’s experimental music underground, having logged time in post-rock unit Isotope 217 and garnered a solid reputation as a sideman for cornetist Rob Mazurek, the bassist and composer has now officially joined the high ranks with his debut as a leader. Accompanied by an ensemble he’s … Read More “Matthew Lux’s Communication Arts Quartet: Contra/Fact (Astral Spirits)”

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Javier Colina & Chano Domínguez: Chano & Colina (Sunnyside)

Chano Domínguez is from Cádiz, Spain, the birthplace (according to legend) of flamenco. His discography is mostly on Spanish labels. He released two records on Blue Note in 2010 and 2012 (Piano Ibérico and Flamenco Sketches), but they are atypical and already rarities. Over the Rainbow came out last year on Sunnyside; now there’s Chano … Read More “Javier Colina & Chano Domínguez: Chano & Colina (Sunnyside)”

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