Ed Schuller: Ong Song (Music for Acoustic Bass) (2002)
Schuller who is a more than capable bassist, has performed with Joe Lovano, Paul Motian, and Ran Blake to name a few. On this solo recording he reveals a host of tools from his repertoire which show what the stringed instrument is capable of. The selections are diverse in their choice and delivery. Schuller performs all instruments from a variety of basses to also incorporating electronic looping affects on the cosmic-like piece "Hyperbass". There are melodic pieces such as the beautiful title selection "Ong Song" in which solos are dubbed over the infectious melody. Schuller scats and plays with feeling on the down home selection "Blues on Bass". There are a variety of selections from other artists such as Ornette Coleman’s "Kathleen Gray" and "Ghost" by the late Albert Ayler. Schuller’s bass sound is deep and full-bodied. His solos are powerful and precise. There are a multitude of expressions from fluid bow string solos, subtle harmonic effects, to hand slaps , that all give the recording a richness and vivacity. The bottom line is that Ong Song "Represents" as they say in the Hip-Hop culture. Represents jazz bassists well and shows that the instrument is still alive and well. Give it up for the bassist. Give it up for all bass players. Give it up for Ed Schuller.
Track Listing: 1. Spoken For 2. Ghosts 3. Hyperbass 4. String Theory 5. Ong Song 6. Blues on Bass 7. Bottom of the Mirror 8. Kathline Gray 9. Clave for Collin 10.Slippin' and Slidin' 11.Crepuscule With Nellie 12.Vortex 13.Give It Up
Personnel: Ed Schuller - Acoustic Bass
Record Label: GM Recordings