All About Jazz

Home » Articles » CD/LP/Track Review

10

Bjorn Meyer: Provenance

Geno Thackara By

Sign in to view read count
From the fact that his best-known role consisted of a decade in Nik Bärtsch's Ronin (not to ignore his other style-bending collaborations either), it's already clear that Bjorn Meyer isn't interested in what a bass or bassist is normally supposed to do. In keeping with that attitude, his solo debut puts his low-end string work to different uses on practically each track. Playing with sound is the real game, and the instrument is a sonically rich means toward that end.

As part of a new pre-performance ritual, Meyer decided to start recording every piece of rehearsal, practice and improv while preparing. This led to cherry-picking some snippets to offer as website freebies, which became the seeds of most of the pieces here—and once in the richly resonant sound of the recording space, the material had more room to grow, breathe and possibly change again. Provenance is a collection of sonic musings never quite planned, but allowed to naturally evolve into the sounds and shapes in which they always belonged.

Simple rolling lines and lightly fleeting melodies coexist alongside ambient dreaminess. The choppy percussive strumming of "Squizzle" has appealing shades of the late Michael Hedges, while the sedate "Dance" and title track build ear-pleasing layers of echo. Working mostly on six-string electric with some pure acoustic bass thrown in, Meyer manages to make his tools sound not quite like a bass or a guitar, yet similar and distinct from both. Eloquent and evocative, Provenance may be simple at heart but opens a world of beautiful sonics to savor.

Track Listing: Aldebaran; Provenance; Three Thirteen; Squizzle; Trails Crossing; Traces Of A Song; Pendulum; Banyan Waltz; Pulse; Dance; Garden Of Silence; Merry-Go-Round.

Personnel: Björn Meyer: 6-string electric bass, acoustic bass guitar; electronics.

Title: Provenance | Year Released: 2017 | Record Label: ECM Records

Tags

comments powered by Disqus

CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles
Provenance

Provenance

ECM Records
2017

buy

Related Articles

Read Begin the Agora CD/LP/Track Review
Begin the Agora
by Jack Bowers
Published: October 17, 2018
Read Time Like This CD/LP/Track Review
Time Like This
by Glenn Astarita
Published: October 17, 2018
Read Under One Moon CD/LP/Track Review
Under One Moon
by Mike Jurkovic
Published: October 17, 2018
Read Doubles, Vol. 1 CD/LP/Track Review
Doubles, Vol. 1
by Jim Trageser
Published: October 17, 2018
Read Outsidethebox CD/LP/Track Review
Outsidethebox
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: October 16, 2018
Read There Are Stars In Brooklyn CD/LP/Track Review
There Are Stars In Brooklyn
by James Fleming
Published: October 16, 2018
Read "20" CD/LP/Track Review 20
by Ian Patterson
Published: January 20, 2018
Read "Tschuss Jazz Era" CD/LP/Track Review Tschuss Jazz Era
by Jack Bowers
Published: June 3, 2018
Read "No Arrival" CD/LP/Track Review No Arrival
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: May 19, 2018
Read "Hule" CD/LP/Track Review Hule
by Mark Corroto
Published: June 4, 2018
Read "Awareness" CD/LP/Track Review Awareness
by Chris May
Published: August 4, 2018
Read "Yequm" CD/LP/Track Review Yequm
by Friedrich Kunzmann
Published: December 28, 2017