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Bertram Turetzky

Bertram Turetzky (b. February 14, 1933) is a contemporary American double bass soloist, teacher, and author of The Contemporary Contrabass (1974, 1989), a book that looked at a number of new and interesting ways of playing the double bass including featuring it as a solo performance vehicle with no other instrumental accompaniment. Turetzky has performed and recorded more than 300 pieces written by and for him. He is a composer whose music has achieved some prominence, as have his interpretations of early music and composers like Domenico Dragonetti. Music critic Michael Steinberg has praised his continuo playing

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Article: Album Review

Keith Humble / Bert Turetzky: Kinetic Conversations

Read "Kinetic Conversations" reviewed by Robert Bush


This long-dormant recording by the late Australian composer/pianist Keith Humble and legendary contrabass virtuoso Bertram Turetzky is finally available as Kinetic Conversations a searing document recorded in Mandeville Auditorium at the University of California, San Diego, on March 19, 1986. The quality, both in terms of fidelity and performance values, is sterling ...

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Alex Weiss: Fighter Planes & Praying Mantis

Read "Fighter Planes & Praying Mantis" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni


Saxophonist Alex Ward's musical journey so far reflects his restful musical personality. He studied music in Boston, then relocated to San Francisco where he studied with Roberto DeHaven, the minister and musician of Saint John's Orthodox Church, better known as the John Coltrane Church. In the Bay Area he collaborated with innovative improvisers as saxophonist Glenn ...

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Alvin Fielder / David Dove / Jason Jackson / Damon Smith: From-To-From

Read "From-To-From" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni


This quartet represents a meeting of generations and their approaches to jazz and improvised music. The quartet resembles such early free jazz units as the New York Art Quartet or the Archie Shepp--Roswell Rudd Quartet. Veteran drummer Alvin Fielder--the eldest member, with an encyclopedic knowledge of modern jazz drumming--is known for his extensive collaborations with saxophonist ...

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Spirit Song

Label: String
Released: 2011

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Article: Interview

Bertram Turetzky: Contrabass Pioneer

Read "Bertram Turetzky: Contrabass Pioneer" reviewed by Robert Bush


Contrabassist Bertram Turetzky's career is nothing short of extraordinary. He almost single handedly redefined the role of the bass in 20th Century classical music, from one of back row support to that of featured and celebrated soloist. Even within the confines of classical music, Turetzky's range is huge: he is a master of early, pre- Bach ...

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Triangulation II

Label: String
Released: 2010

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The San Diego Session

Label: String
Released: 2009

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Tributes

Label: String
Released: 2005

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Tenors, Echoes, And Wolves

Label: String
Released: 1998


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