This fantastic record’s dour cover—a raindrenched window overlooking an urban thoroughfare—belies the joyfully dense music within. New Yorker Chris Lightcap, a bassist with significant credits with his own bands, ably tackles the tricky, rhythmically multilayered compositions with a woody tone and overarching melodiscism that helps to ground the cerebral songwriting. Circle Down is an excellent piece of modern jazz craftsmanship.
Juan García-Herreros, The Art of Contrabass Guitar [Inner Circle Music]
From the very opening notes of Colombia native Juan García-Herreros’s sophomore effort—an improvised solo piece entitled “A Step Towards Vision”— you can tell you’re in for something special.