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Once thought to be only an acquired taste, solo bass recordings have become acknowledged phyla of creative jazz. From the straight-ahead Life Cycle by Dave Holland to outward sessions by Tatsu Aoki Basser Live, Paul Rogers Listen, and William Parker’s Lifting The Sanctions, modern bassists are continually developing their instrument beyond its historic timekeeping function.
Before moving to New York, bassist Ken Filiano was a mainstay of the West Coast jazz scene, recording with the various ensembles organized by Vinny Golia. He can also be heard on sessions by Rob Blakeslee, The Aardvark Orchestra, Paul Smoker, Dom Minasi, and longtime collaborator Steve Adams of ROVA saxophone quartet. This session is Filiano’s first solo outing and he delivers a coherent multifaceted approach to music making. He balances the accessible with just enough exploration. Mixing emotions from the heavyhearted to the blithe and powers waves of energy against toe tapping harmony.
Filiano opens the session with the lament bowed “Water Down Stone,” then shifts to tapping pulses on “Breathingdreaming” turning in horn sounding notes. He pulls some groove-related music through “Relay” and applies his bow to the wood on “Crucible/Woman” before getting into Bobby Bradford’s melody “Woman” with delicate ringing of hand bells.
Two tracks, “Lucerne” and “Non Sequitur” make use of overdubbed bass passages to great effect. Like Jaco Pastorious did once with his extroverted electric bass, Filiano accomplishes in a more intimate acoustic setting.
This is a special recording.
Track Listing: Water Down Stone; Breathingdreaming; Relay; Lucerne; Non Sequitur;
Tangram; Without Words; Crucible/Woman; Dancing Shadows.
I was first exposed to jazz when I was studying at the University of Puerto Rico. Nearby, I found a little record shop where the music coming from the store (Taller de Jazz Don Pedro) made me stop. I walked down the short stairs and towards the music and learned that the music playing was Clifford Brown and Max Roach
I was first exposed to jazz when I was studying at the University of Puerto Rico. Nearby, I found a little record shop where the music coming from the store (Taller de Jazz Don Pedro) made me stop. I walked down the short stairs and towards the music and learned that the music playing was Clifford Brown and Max Roach. I fell in love with it. I wondered around until the owner (Pedro Soto) asked if I needed help. He then introduced me to John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Gerry Mulligan and the rest is history. I walked out of the store with my first jazz recording: Clifford Brown and Max Roach at Basin Street.