Brandon Fields

Brandon Fields One People [Blue Star] The late Dave Carpenter’s status as one of L.A.’s premier session and jazz upright bassists obscured his utter love of, and boundary-pushing skills on, the 6-string bass guitar. Saxophonist Fields’s trio set with drummer Gary Novak at last lays this bare, as Carp turns in a tour de force performance covering the chordal and bass roles. On six swinging tracks (including Joe Henderson’s “Inner Urge”), Dave instinctively balances crisp chord comps with taut walking lines, while his solos shine with the melodic depth and laid-back phrasing of a horn master. Elsewhere, “Vision Quest,” “Longing,” and a pedal-rich reharm of “You Stepped Out of a Dream,” are marvels of 6-string chordvoicing ingenuity.
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Brandon Fields

One People [Blue Star] The late Dave Carpenter’s status as one of L.A.’s premier session and jazz upright bassists obscured his utter love of, and boundary-pushing skills on, the 6-string bass guitar. Saxophonist Fields’s trio set with drummer Gary Novak at last lays this bare, as Carp turns in a tour de force performance covering the chordal and bass roles. On six swinging tracks (including Joe Henderson’s “Inner Urge”), Dave instinctively balances crisp chord comps with taut walking lines, while his solos shine with the melodic depth and laid-back phrasing of a horn master. Elsewhere, “Vision Quest,” “Longing,” and a pedal-rich reharm of “You Stepped Out of a Dream,” are marvels of 6-string chordvoicing ingenuity.