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Jay Anderson: Deepscape

Read "Deepscape" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Bassist Jay Anderson has been a sideman for many musicians including Michael Brecker, Lee Konitz, Kenny Wheeler and Maria Schneider, but he hasn't led a recording session since the 90s.' He makes up for lost time here with a varied set of music that sometimes follows standard jazz orthodoxy and sometimes goes its own fascinating way. Two of his treatments are particularly surprising. He turns Morton Feldman's solemn “Rothko Chapel" into haunting exotica. His bowed bass and Billy ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Jay Anderson: Deepscape

Read "Deepscape" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Jay Anderson took up the acoustic bass as a pre-teen, earned a Bachelor's Degree in Performance from CSU and cut his teeth playing with the Woody Herman Orchestra, right out of school. His deep resume includes classical performance with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, alternative music with Frank Zappa and Tom Waits, and pop with David Bowie. Anderson has been a part of multiple Grammy-winning projects, most recently the Maria Schneider/Dawn Upshaw Winter Morning Walks (Artists Share, 2014). ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Jay Anderson: Deepscape

Read "Deepscape" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Bassist Jay Anderson has long been the rock to locks things in place and the harmonic tether to hold it all together. He appears on more than 400 albums, having served as the anchor for everybody from Lynne Arriale to Frank Zappa, and he's one of the most steady and dependable low-end quantities on the scene. Never short on work as a sideman, his own leader discography has suffered a bit for it: Hard as it may be to believe, ...

INTERVIEW

Jay Anderson: Driving the Bus

Read "Jay Anderson: Driving the Bus" reviewed by Ian Patterson

The term “sideman" really doesn't do justice to bassist Jay Anderson, as his beautifully melodic, lyrical lines and in-the-pocket-grooves lift and shape any music that he is a part of. And while the term “journeyman" holds some truth--Anderson has played with a huge number of people--one glance at his extensive discography reveals that most of the session leaders who have sought out Anderson's rich, warm tone have gone back to him time and time again. Anderson has been the first-call ...


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