New York Bass Quartet: AirBy
The opening and title track "Air" is the readily recognizable J.S. Bach composition, in which the quartet does not stray far from the composer's intent, with the lead being taken by bassist Sam Suggs. And then, for a delightful change of pace, the original composition from Wind "(Give Me Some)G-String" is infused with some stellar drumming from Lenny White while Gary Versace finds a solid groove for his meanderings on the Hammond B3. The well-constructed bass solo is by Gregg August. Austrian pianist and composer Joe Zawinul was a jazz fusion pioneer who co-led the seminal band Weather Report and wrote "Birdland" for the group. Pushed along by White's drumming, the quartet revels in the structure of this jazz fusion riff. The Beatles melody is made up of several of the group's well-known anthems including; "The Long And Winding Road," "Here, There And Everywhere," "She's Leaving Home" and "Lady Madonna." Wind's arrangement is a cross-over delight and exhibits the connective thread which the bassists lean on as they explore the nooks and crannies of the arrangement.
Another charmer is guitarist Pat Metheny's lovely ballad "Tell Her You Saw Me." In this arrangement the bassists are joined by drummer Matt Wilson and Versace on both piano and accordion. As with most of the charts, the lead voice is Wind, who knows his way around the fingerboard as well as having a strong bowing technique. The session ends as it began with Bach's "Air." In this trio version with Wind, Wilson and Versace, Wind delivers a masterclass on the pitch, intensity and timbre of the instrument.
Air; (Give Me Some)G-String; Beatles Medley; Birdland; Silence; I'd Rather Eat;Tell Her You Saw Me; Iceland Romance; Air ( Trio Version)
Martin Wind: bass, acoustic; Matt Wilson: drums; Lenny White: drums; Gary Versace: piano; Gregg August: bass; Jordan Frazier: bass; Sam Suggs: bass.
Title: Air | Year Released: 2022 | Record Label: LAIKA Records
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