Posts Tagged ‘ Bass ’

Robin Duhe – Life

If you look in your music collection and pull out a Maze album, listen to it and let the groove take you over. In the middle of that groove you’ll hear the funky and very soulful bass playing of Robin Duhe.

After three decades of recording and touring with Maze, Robin stepped out in 2004 to embark on a solo career. This is his second solo album, following Do it Duhe and it really is a labour of love as he fell dangerously ill while recording it. The title has taken on a deep significance.

So what’s Robin’s sound like in 2009?

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George Anderson – Positivity

George Anderson is widely known as the bass player of Shakatak. Influenced like many other bass players by legendary Jaco Pastorius his further idols are Stanley Clarke, Marcus Miller, and Jeff Berlin who raised the bar regarding technique. George prefers to play on basses made by John Diggins and Soundtrade basses.

Positivity is George Anderson’s first solo project. Somehow a best kept secret George released the album on Secret Records. Anyway the album deserves some limelight. Unlike other albums of bass players is the main emphasis of Positivity not the bass but vocals.

Beside George (basses, additional keys, drum programming and audio manipulations) the liner notes of the CD list as musicians Alan Wormald (guitars), Paul Williams (guitars), Carmine Membrino (keyboards), Mike Paice (sax), GA (virtual sax/flute), Debby Bracknell (vocals), Fil Straughan (lead vocs on Lay Ur Hands On Me). The album was produced, arranged, composed, recorded, mixed and mastered by George. All under control for the maximum of quality.

The starting song Lay Ur Hands On Me sets an enlightening signal of positivity. Fil Straughan fills the song with his warm voice, ranging from Marvin Gay to Luther Vandross. Debby Bracknell is the featured songstress of the easy going What I Gotta Do. Debbie is also guest singer on Shakatak’s Afterglow and touring partner on Shakatak’s live gigs.

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Brian Bromberg – It Is What It Is

When it comes to list the leading jazz bass players of the world one certainly has to mention Brian Bromberg. Brian is one of those musicians who prefer the bass as lead instrument. Depending on the situation, Brian plays a variety of acoustic, electric and electronic (MIDI) basses including fretted, fretless, piccolo, upright and synth.

He doesn’t let up in pointing out that there are no guitar melodies or solos on his recordings. All melodies and solos that sound like guitar are played by Brian on piccolo basses.

On his new album It Is What It Is Brian is joined by George Duke, Patrice Rushen, Jeff Lorber, Dave Weckl, Dan Siegel, Randy Brecker, Eric Marienthal, Richard Elliot, Gerald Albright, Rick Braun and more! Brian is one of those rare musicians who offer a combination of jazz and smooth jazz on the same album.

Brian admits: “I was very closed- minded with tunnel-vision. But I grew up and realized I didn’t have the right to judge anyone for the music they want to play. I came to understand that musical validity is totally subjective. That’s when I began to stretch my own music into contemporary jazz and began playing on movie soundtracks and with pop, rock and world music artists”.

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George Anderson – Positivity

The bass player in Shakatak George Anderson has released his new solo project entitled Positivity. The album is available via iTunes or via George’s website. “Lay Ur Hands On Me” already playlisted on Jazz FM. The new album continues George’s love for Soul and Funk music with influences like Louis Johnson, Larry Graham, Chuck Rainey, Chris Squire and Andy Fraser.

Ronald Jackson called the album a genuine blend of smooth charisma, dirty funk, top-shelf vocals by one Debby Bracknell (a name to remember!), and instrumental mastery. Sample the album here.

Brian Bromberg – It Is What It Is

Following his Grammy nominated Downright Upright and backed by a killer horn section, Brian Bromberg gets loose and funky throughout the 13 tracks on It Is What It Is, including his unique spin on the B52’s dance classic Love Shack.

The album features George Duke, Patrice Rushen, Jeff Lorber, Dave Weckl, Dan Siegel, Randy Brecker, Eric Marienthal, Richard Elliot, Gerald Albright, Rick Braun and more! Brian Bromberg has garnered a hard-earned reputation as one of the most versatile and respected players in music, amassing an enviable catalog of straight ahead and contemporary jazz showcasing both upright and electric basses. Confounding the music industry with a string of innovative, eclectic releases since 1985, Bromberg has spent the last decade recording projects driven by very specific sounds and themes – from Wood (acoustic bass) and Metal (electric bass) to other diverse projects celebrating the artistry of fretless bass pioneer Jaco Pastorius (Jaco) and his Grammy®-nominated smooth grooves of Downright Upright.

On his fourth project for the Mack Avenue label imprint Artistry Music, It Is What It Is, Brian unleashes another wide palette of styles letting the chips fall where they may. It’s a decidedly funky 13-track set that features a killer horn section and includes not only evocative original compositions but also two cover songs that are sure to raise some eyebrows: The B-52s’ new wave dance classic “Love Shack” and Quincy Jones’ instantly recognizable TV-Land nugget “Sanford & Son (The Streetbeater)”.

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