[LAU] OT: Double bass (Kontrabass) Recommended listening.

Aurelien orl at ammd.net
Fri Jun 6 02:23:18 EDT 2008

On Thu, Jun 05, 2008 at 10:15:43PM -0400, Paul Davis wrote :
> On Fri, 2008-06-06 at 12:01 +1000, Loki Davison wrote:
> > Hi all,
> > I recently bought a double bass and am loving it. Fun to play and
> > amazing sound with fingers and bow.  I will be looking for a teacher
> > soon but first and foremost i'm looking for some good stuff to listen
> > too! I'm really enjoying Willie Dixons stuff and a few tracks by
> > Freundeskries (german hiphop) and Donovan. What else is good? I'd love
> > to here tracks in a range of style both bow and fingers.
> Eberhard Weber.
> he actually plays a modified electric (but upright) bass, but still
> worth listening to. for an introduction to the possibilities, check out
> "Pendulum" or "The Colors of Morning". Pendulum is all solo, but
> multi-tracked.
> also Miroslav Vitous on ECM. on other labels he often played electric
> bass guitar, but on ECM there's some gorgeous work on acoustic.
> the bass player from Oregon can also be pretty inspirational, though he
> sometimes fades away into the background.

Oregon is sometimes pretty cool. But the sound's not always on top.

You've got to hear to Renaud Garcia-Fons. This man is totally awesome,
one of the best double-bass player, if you ask me.
I don't want to describe his music, as it could seem a bit boring or
pretentious, but, actually, it's very BEAUTIFUL (there's no other word)
and virtuous!
(I haven't seen those videos, as I'm under Linux 64bits, and flash
doesn't exist for me, and I don't want to make some wrapper things)

In a very other way, Trevor Dunn (my teacher)'s Trio Convulsant, which
lies somewhere between bop and punk (not in the way of punk jazz,
though!) is seomthing I like very much!

> and of course Ron Carter, who despite his ability to play electric bass
> guitar with the best of the (well, almost), always insisted that
> acoustic double bass had a quality that could never be replicated.

Sure, Ron Carter is great. Seems to be a bit worse than he was, though.

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