CD Review: Elephant Wrecking Ball "Barren Serenade"

Bass clef heaven by way of Berklee and Brooklyn.
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Bass clef heaven by way of Berklee and Brooklyn. EWB (trombonist Scott Flynn, drummer Neal Evans, and bassist Dan Africano) describe themselves as a monophonic trio trying to sound as big as a power trio. Mission accomplished on their debut studio disc, as Evans and Africano (subsonic on his P-Bass with a Gibson EB pickup) deliver deep, fat, dub, funk, and fuzz-rock grooves for Flynn’s ambient, effects-enhanced trombone. Tracks like “Stomp, Stomp, Stomp” and “Mountain Lion” pivot on the compelling counterpoint between bass and ’bone, while “This Is How We Slow Dance” morphs into free jazz, but there’s also the pure melody and sympathetic support of “Erin’s Song.”


CD Review: Hiromi "Alive"

Having made three recordings and played countless concerts with Anthony Jackson and drummer Simon Phillips, gifted piano goddess Hiromi set out to capture the super-trio’s live spontaneity and vivacity on her latest studio effort.

CD Review: "Jeff Sipe Trio"

The veteran Atlanta drummer/bandleader (Aquarium Rescue Unit, Jonas Hellborg) fronts his head-turning new Southern fuze unit, with nimble neophytes Taylor Lee on 6-string bass and Mike Seal on guitar.

CD Review: Fourplay "Silver"

Fourplay (Nathan East, Bob James, Harvey Mason, and Chuck Loeb) celebrates its 25th anniversary with an inspired outing that includes former guitar members Larry Carlton and Lee Ritenour as guests.

CD Review: "Mocean Worker"

Encouraged by Marcus Miller, with whom he has recorded and performed (most recently on “I Can’t Breathe” from Miller’s Afrodeezia), DJ Mocean Worker puts his considerable bass skills front and center for the first time on his latest house/electro-swing effort.

CD Review: Byron Miller "Psycho Bass"

On his latest solo outing, veteran groove great Byron Miller—perhaps best known for his “Reach for It” solo with George Duke [see BP February ’15]—reinvents himself as the Bootsy-esque character Psycho Bass.