Bassist Byron Isaacs steps out into the limelight with his first solo release Disappearing Man. Co-produced by Hector Castillo (David Bowie, Bjork, The Brazilian Girls) and Brian Cullman (Lucinda Williams, Ghazal) and recorded at Castillo’s studio in Brooklyn, Disappearing Man will be released June 15 on the Cosmic Trigger label.
Decade II- 2006-2015
One of the very first album reviews I did on BassRamblings.com was for Joseph Patrick Moore’s excellent album To Africa With Love. Since that review I have become quite a fan of Moore’s music. Moore’s uplifting and energetic bass lines have earned him a top spot among my favorite bass players.
Long time collaborators Bob James and Nathan East have created a true jazz masterpiece with their latest effort “The New Cool”. Yamaha Entertainment Group label president Chris Gero equipped a state-of-the-art Nashville studio with Yamaha gear and gave the two free reign to create. The result is an unexpected classic jazz album showcasing the amazing talents of these two Grammy recognized artists.
Throughout the The New Cool, East’s silky meandering bass lines interplay perfectly with James’ pastoral piano wanderings. From sparsely arranged duets to complex orchestrations, The New Cool truly explores the outer limits of strait-ahead jazz.
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Darren Michaels newest release “Seasons”, presents the solo bassists as a singer/songwriter. Approaching the album with the idea of capturing the magical timbre of vocals and acoustic guitar but with bass, Michaels has created a highly personal, somewhat unconventional, set of solo bass tracks.
The Jason Parker Quartet’s “Five Leaves Left: A Tribute To Nick Drake” Kickstarter project has come to fruition. This was the first project that I participated in backing and am very proud to have been a part of it. The official release date was today, March 29th, and is available at Jason’s website, One Working Musician.
My Review of Joseph Patrick Moore's To Africa with Love