On this collection of mostly Latin-flavored groove-based tunes, bass ninja/educator/author Damian Erskine teaches a masterclass in leading from the bottom, giving his bandmates plenty of space while delivering carefully chosen solos and flaunting sumptuously recorded fretted and fretless tones. On burners and ballads, the players’ crazy chops never overtake their attention to harmony, melody, skillful improvisation, and group listening, and their ridiculous mastery makes the phrase “odd times” irrelevant.
CD Review: Kenny James "Invisiblemann, Vol. 9: Global Funktion
On this disc of funky chill-out music, producer/multi-instrumentalist Kenny James uses fretted and fretless basses to put the bottom under an old-school mélange of grooves that harks back to the heyday of Massive Attack and Thievery Corporation.