Andy Irvine’s Thunder Dome

ANDY IRVINE AND 14 BASSISTS FROM THE Tampa Bay area brought the low-end rumble to Skipper’s Smokehouse for “Enter the Thunder Dome.”
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Andy Irvine and 14 bassists from the Tampa Bay area brought the low-end rumble to Skipper’s Smokehouse for “Enter the Thunder Dome.” The Denver-based composer, producer, and clinician— who was back in his old Sunshine State stomping grounds for ten days of touring and Sam Ash clinics—led his hard-grooving fusion trio Beanstalk, and played host to guests variously wielding electric, fretless, and upright basses. Doug Cecil, who played a 7-string fretless on a version of James Brown’s “Doin’ It to Death,” won a slate grey Spector Legend 4 Custom in a random drawing sponsored by the manufacturer, a co-sponsor of the event along with SWR amps, EMG pickups, Black Diamond Strings, Stratage guitars, and Excetylene cables. Enthusiasm for the show was so high that plans are afoot for a two-day sequel event in 2011. Fever Pitch, the follow-up to Irvine’s 2009 debut, Soul Clap, is slated for release this summer.


Free at Last: Andy Fraser

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Danton Boller : Enabling Excellence

 INDIANA NATIVE DANTON BOLLER played electric bass in teenage rock bands in Southern California, but a switch to upright under the tutelage of Dave Brubeck Quartet bassist Eugene Wright sent him in entirely new directions. Boller has since applied lessons from Wright and California State University Long Beach instructor Chris Kollgaard to high-profile gigs with Roy Hargrove, Seamus Blake, Robert Glasper, and Anthony Wilson. A New Yorker since 1997, Boller has focused lately on his own recordings, a forthcoming duo release with Wright, and a new piano trio project. He also works with drummer Ari Hoenig and singer Kat Edmondson.

Toward Tonal Transcendence: Gary Peacock On Flying Free

TWENTY-FIVE YEARS INTO HIS COLLABORATION with pianist Keith Jarrett and drummer Jack DeJohnette— digging deep into the American Songbook and finding dazzling musical insights in pop chestnuts and jazz standards— Gary Peacock still isn’t so sure the gig is permanent. “There are no guarantees in that group,” Peacock says from his home in Claryville, New York. “Every time we go to play, it feels like the first and last time. We make it so that we can be totally present with the music.”

Dave Holland On Inflection And Dialogue

BORN IN ENGLAND BUT BECKONED to the U.S. by Miles Davis in the late ’60s, Dave Holland has long been a prime mover in high-end jazz, beginning with his fusion explorations on the trumpeter’s classic In a Silent Way and Bitches Brew albums and continuing through work with a long list of jazz greats, including Thelonious Monk, Stan Getz, Kenny Wheeler, and Herbie Hancock.