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Hailed by many as the world’s leading solo bassist, Michael Manring has been pushing back the boundaries of what’s possible on the bass guitar for over three decades. While his technical skill and innovations always make an impression, it is his ability to communicate on a profound emotional level that most touches listeners. As editor Tom Darter wrote in Keyboard magazine after seeing one of Michael's solo concerts, "Forget his astounding technique and musicality; forget his absolute command of his instruments; forget how seamlessly the musical ideas and the performance of them were wedded together...The enlightenment came most from feeling (seeing, hearing) the joy Michael felt to be playing...his brand of transcendental chops and musical understanding...was all in the service of the final outcome, the joy of making music." Building on the conceptions of his teacher, the late bass legend Jaco Pastorius, Michael has developed a new approach to the instrument that includes unorthodox tunings, techniques and methodologies

Three Short Stories

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2020
Track listing: Slow to Anger (Prologue); True North X; Once Upon a Time (feat. Kelly Jefferson); Monk's Unfinished Symphony; Longing; Slow to Anger; E.S.T.; A Letter to My Father (feat. Kelly Jefferson); Three Short Stories; The Itsy-Bitsy Spider Blues; Preludejavu; Once Upon a Time (Epilogue).

ARTICLE: RADIO

New releases from Bartosz Hadala, Luke Norris and Manteca

Read "New releases from Bartosz Hadala, Luke Norris and Manteca" reviewed by Bob Osborne

There are three featured albums this week... Bartosz Hadala moved from New York City to Toronto in 2010 and began writing music for his next album. In time, new compositions took shape, and Hadala started to assemble his first electric band. It had been a decades-long dream to pay tribute to his idol, Chick ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

The (Jazz) Police

Read "The (Jazz) Police" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

September 2019 will mark the 40th anniversary of “Message in a Bottle," an auspicious opportunity to look back at the seminal work of The Police, through a jazz lens. With both Sting and Andy Summers coming to The Police with jazz in their background and Stewart Copeland being a master of polyrhythmic drumming it's ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Shambhu: Soothing Guitar for Stressful Times

Read "Shambhu: Soothing Guitar for Stressful Times" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

The times we live in call for reflection and one of the ways of providing it is through music. Music can slow our lives down and make us live in the moment, but it can also connect people. Since he discovered music, guitarist and composer Shambhu Neil Vineberg has been on a journey that has seen ...

NEWS: EVENT

Joan Torres And Michael Manring Share The Stage At SFJAZZ on August 23

Joan Torres And Michael Manring Share The Stage At SFJAZZ on August 23

Inspired by redefining music genres and pushing boundaries, Joan Torres Music presents a one-of-a-kind live performance at the SFJAZZ Center on August 23rd 2018 showcasing the great Michael Manring, The Barely Jazz Ensemble, and the cross-continental Joan Torres’s All Is Fused. The night starts with Manring opening the show, and grows progressively more collaborative as musicians ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Matt Hooke's Best Releases of 2017

Read "Matt Hooke's Best Releases of 2017" reviewed by Matt Hooke

2017 marked the first year that I wrote for All About Jazz, and I got to experience some phenomenal music. It was a diverse year in jazz, international artists like Tony Allen and Seckou Keita brought unique perspectives to jazz. Other artists like Chris Thile, Brad Mehldau, and Dayme Arocena, released some of their best work ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Giovanni Palombo: Retablo

Read "Retablo" reviewed by Mario Calvitti

Il nuovo album del chitarrista romano Giovanni Palombo, quarto realizzato per la label tedesca Acoustic Music Records, ci fornisce ancora una volta l'opportunità di (ri)scoprire un artista ancora troppo poco conosciuto, come del resto molti altri specialisti del suo strumento, la chitarra acustica, relegato spesso in una nicchia per specialisti. Negli oltre trent'anni di attività professionistica ...

NEWS: RECORDING

World's Only Imrat Guitarist Todd Mosby Debuts Album With Six Grammy Winning And Nominated Artists

World's Only Imrat Guitarist Todd Mosby Debuts Album With Six Grammy Winning And Nominated Artists

The Walking Cradle Co. presents acoustic and Imrat guitarist, composer and improviser Todd Mosby, who debuts his genre-defying music—On Eagle Mountain. A unique blend of new age, jazz, and world music, with hints of folk, bluegrass and classical North Indian flair—Mosby will kick-off the tour from the 'Focal Point' in St. Louis on Saturday, April 30, ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

World's Leading Performer Of Hybrid Sitar/Guitar Todd Mosby Tours California With Michael Manring & Henry Kaiser

World's Leading Performer Of  Hybrid Sitar/Guitar Todd Mosby Tours California With Michael Manring & Henry Kaiser

St. Louis based composer, inventor and recording artist Todd Mosby performs genre-defying music—a blend of jazz, classical, and traditional Indian—for over 35 years. The contemporary acoustic guitarist is the ONLY guitarist worldwide, outside of the royal family in India, whose mastered the 20-stringed Imrat Sitar. Todd makes his second of seven tour appearances—When Music Worlds Collide—at ...


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