Archive for June 21st, 2014

Michael Manson – Thumpin’

When you attend a concert of Kirk Whalum, Brian Culbertson, or Oletta Adams, you have a good chance to see bass player Michael Manson in action. He was also a side man of late keyboard legend George Duke. The elemental force of this bass player comes to explosion, when he takes the lead.

This moments are captured on his new double feature live album, which was recorded Thursday, October 28, 2010 at Mayne Stage, 1328 Morse Ave., Chicago, IL. Supported by a great crew of professional musicians, which are listed in the liner notes of this album, this was a festivity of Manson’s live work.

The first CD starts with Comin’ Right at Ya from his albums Just Feelin’ It (2005) and Up Front (2008). After a glorious bombastic intro filled with a horn arrangement by Steve Berry (trombone), Chris Greene (sax), Sam Hankins (trumpet) and Marqueal Jordan (sax) Mike performs the main theme on bass. A wonderful tune on the border line of smooth jazz and funk. On this expanded version Mike has enough space to show his solo qualities.

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