Joe Fonda: When It's Time
On When It's Time, Fonda generally prefers a clean single-note plucking approach, though at times he explores arco passages, double-stops, and extended technique (eg. "Been There Before"). He mostly leaves harmony open, avoiding what he would term a "literal" interpretation of the music. However, he also avoids the outright explosive tension which characterizes William Parker's solo work, for exampletending toward a more introspective and understated approach. At times one can pick out running basslines, arpeggiated chord progressions, and step-by-step deconstructions of simple themes... these items are like beads on a string, which Fonda twists and twirls as his vision evolves. The purity of the solo experience is quite revealing about the way Fonda views the relationship between structure and freedom, an aspect that has dominated his work within groups.
Track Listing: Second Time Around; My Time With J. & E.; The Other Side of Things; When It's Time; I Stepped Into A Dream; Been There Before; No One There At All; Soon To Know.
Personnel: Joe Fonda, bass.
Record Label: Jazz Halo
Style: Modern Jazz