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Michael Manring

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


The Simian River Collection 1980​-​2020

Label: MultiPhase Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: Laughing At Paradise; Pandora's Garage (Previously Unreleased); Romance & Evolution In B Minor; Late That Summer; Swim; Out of Somewhere; Lost Guitars; Lemur Nocturne; Somber Geese; Dreaming In Colors (At Length); All Things Return; The Slo-Guitar Live (Previously Unreleased); Local Journeys; West of Austin; An Early Fall; Bone Dog Blues; Up The Down Slide; Falline; My Beautiful Moon; Cambodian Waltz; Illumina Suite; Dust Covers The Sky; Pedro's Lament; Holographic Blues (Previously Unreleased); Come With Me; A Sacred Sleep; Red Night; Hand In The Sand; Deitaloo; Sing Like Water; Western Overnight; Geola; Bunk Beds (Reprise) (Previously Unreleased); Dublin (Previously Unreleased); Mr. Sundance; Ei Saa Mitte Vaiki Olla ("I Cannot Stay Silent") (Previously Unreleased); A Different Rain; The Simian River; The River King (Remix Previously Unreleased); Found The Others (Previously Unreleased); Ember Days.


Article: Album Review

Carl Weingarten: The Simian River Collection 1980​-​2020

Read "The Simian River Collection 1980​-​2020" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Guitarist Carl Weingarten has had a long career as an independent artist: four decades of work, including over 30 releases on his label Multiphase Records. This triple-CD collection aims to provide a path through all of that diversity, along with the bonus of a few unreleased tracks for longtime fans. The organization is roughly chronological: each ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

John Scofield Band, Michael Manring, Jeff Lorber Fusion, Mark Lettieri

Read "John Scofield Band, Michael Manring, Jeff Lorber Fusion, Mark Lettieri" reviewed by Len Davis

Our program today begins with the John Scofield Band Live in 1990 with Dennis Chambers and Gary Grainger. A live recording in Melbourne from 2007 with Frank Gambale = 6931}, {{m: Virgil Donati and Ric Fierabracci, Live In Australia. Scott McGill, Michael Manring and Vic Stevens live from 2001. Michael Manring from The Book of Flame ...


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Michael Manring, Sixun, Alex Skolnick Trio, and Mark Egan / Danny Gottlieb

Read "Michael Manring, Sixun, Alex Skolnick Trio, and Mark Egan / Danny Gottlieb" reviewed by Len Davis

Electric Market with Steve Hunt, Michael Manring, and French band Sixun. Cosmo Squad live at Baked Potato, and the Alex Skolnick. From Finland guitarist Raoul Bjorkenheim from Blixt. Graham Costello, Mark Egan and Danny Gottlieb, from Electric Blue. Playlist Electric Market “Attraction" from Attraction (Spice Rack) 00:00 Michael Manring “Sardonic Grin" from Small Moments ...


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'90s Music Revisited With Michael Shrieve, Lost Tribe And Adam Holzman

Read "'90s Music Revisited With Michael Shrieve, Lost Tribe And Adam Holzman" reviewed by Len Davis

We go back to the '90s and early 2000s with drummer Michael Shrieve, Jonas Hellborg, Shawn Lane, Lost Tribe, Adam Holzman, Vital Information and guitarist Greg Howe. Plus bassist Michael Manring, Tunnels and Tribal Tech Playlist Michael Shrieve “Baraji" from Two Doors (CMP) 00:00 Jonas Hellborg-Shawn Lane “Heretics" from Time Is The Enemy (Bardo) ...



Label: Self Produced
Released: 2022
Track listing: I’ll Never Hear My Father’s Stories Again; The Meeting Tree; We All Become Ancestors; Sweet Dreams and Travel Well; Carousel; Laughing in Whispers; Changes; Another Perspective; Ghost Tree; When Shadows Were Analog; Perspectives; The Zebra Song; Back in A Different Place; Dancing in Memory; A Musical Essay.


Article: Album Review

Stephan Thelen: Fractal Guitar 2 - Remixes

Read "Fractal Guitar 2 - Remixes" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Guitarist & composer Stephan Thelen's experimental guitar-fest Fractal Guitar (MoonJune Records, 2019) was followed by Fractal Guitar Remixes And Extra Tracks (MoonJune Records, 2019), a substantially fresh look at the material, as well as an expansion. For the sequel Fractal Guitar 2 (Moonjune Records, 2021) Thelen produced an even more radical approach to contemporary guitar-driven music. ...


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Willie Oteri, Glenn Cannon, Terri Lyne Carrington, Michael Manring and Gary Willis

Read "Willie Oteri, Glenn Cannon, Terri Lyne Carrington, Michael Manring and Gary Willis" reviewed by Len Davis

Willie Oteri and Jazz Gunn, Melbourne guitarist Glenn Cannon, Michael Manring from his album The Book Of Flame, Gary Willis from Bent. Playlist Willie Oteri “Spanish Key" from Jazz Gunn (Oteri Tunes) 00:00 Glenn Cannon “Agents" from Leverage (Self Produced) 07:29 Terri Lyne Carrington “Spiral" from Structure (ACT) 15:00 Jean Luc Ponty} “Enigmatic Ocean" ...


For The Love Of Bass

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2021
Track listing: Drops of Memories (feat. Tony Franklin); In the Loop (feat. David Pastorius); Dreamers (feat. Michael Manring); Alone in the Dark (feat. Doug Wimbish); Paranoia (feat. Cody Wright); The Maze (feat. Mohini Dey) Masked Souls (feat. Nathan East & Michael Manring); Social Distortion (feat. Adam Nitti); Mad World bass cover (feat. Leland Sklar); Killers (feat. Lars Lehmann); Misirlou bass cover (feat. Lars Lehmann); Lost (feat. Adam Nitti).


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